The LSU men’s golf team looks to defend its conference title from a year ago at the 2016 SEC Men’s Golf Championships beginning Friday at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

The Tigers captured their first SEC title since 1987 last spring when they came from five strokes behind on the back nine to score a three-shot victory over Vanderbilt and South Carolina at Sea Island Golf Club.

The Tigers are No. 5 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and No. 14 in the Golfstat power rankings.

The Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club will play to a par 70 and 7,055 yards for over the three-day event.

LSU is among eight teams ranked in this week’s Golfstat Top 25 heading into the tournament as No. 4 Georgia, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 13 South Carolina, No. 17 Alabama, No. 18 Florida and No. 23 Arkansas are among the title contenders.

The Tigers are paired with Alabama and South Carolina during the first round and will tee off in the second wave off the first tee at 7:20 a.m.

Women’s golf

SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN FRIDAY: In Birmingham, Ala., the LSU women’s golf team tees off Friday morning in the Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championships at the Greystone Country Club Legacy Course.

The Legacy Course will play at par 72 and just under 6,200 yards.

The 14-team field begins the first of three 18-hole rounds at 8 a.m. The tournament runs through Sunday.

Ten of the 14 teams are ranked in the top 50 in the Golfstat rankings with Alabama at No. 1, Georgia at No. 5, Florida No. 7, Arkansas No. 8, South Carolina No. 23, Texas A&M No. 25, Tennessee No. 26, Missouri No. 31, Vanderbilt No. 35 and LSU No. 48.

Texas A&M is the defending champion, and LSU finished seventh a season ago at 25-over par.

LSU and Auburn will play together in a two-team wave off hole 10 beginning at 10:20 a.m. Friday.

The Lady Tigers have been playing without All-America junior Caroline Nistrup, who is still rehabbing from wrist surgery and sophomore Claudia De Antonio, who is also rehabbing from season-ending surgery.

“We look forward to playing here the last few years at Greystone and feel this is a really good test for our teams,” LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said. “We want to put three consistent rounds together this weekend that will set up us for returning to our home course at the start of next month for the regionals. The girls are excited and looking forward to the challenge.”

Men’s tennis

LSU TO FACE TEXAS A&M: The No. 33 LSU men’s tennis team (14-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) finishes out the regular season schedule facing No. 11 Texas A&M (23-7, 7-3 SEC) in a 6 p.m. matchup Friday at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

Women’s tennis

LADY TIGERS WRAP SEASON AT TEXAS A&M: In College Station, Texas, the 18th-ranked LSU women’s tennis team (17-9, 6-6 SEC) wraps up its regular season against No. 19 Texas A&M (14-9, 6-6 SEC) at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Beach volleyball

LSU SET FOR PALMETTO INVITATIONAL: The No. 11 ranked LSU beach volleyball team (11-6) will travel to Columbia, South Carolina this weekend for the Palmetto Invitational.

The Tigers will face Carson Newman and South Carolina on Saturday, followed by matches against Coastal Carolina and UNC-Wilmington on Sunday.