As members of the 15th-ranked LSU men’s golf team enter the homestretch of the 2013 regular season, they will make their annual trip to Awendaw, S.C., this week to compete as part of a 15-team field at the ninth-annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate beginning Sunday at the par-71 Bulls Bay Golf Club.
The Tigers are looking to win at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate for the third time in four seasons after claiming back-to-back team championships in 2010 and 2011.
LSU finished fifth in last year’s event.
This year’s Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate features a strong 15-team field with four teams in the Top 25 and 10 teams in the Top 50 of the Golfstat power rankings.
The 15th-ranked Tigers will compete alongside such teams as No. 11-ranked Duke, No. 21-ranked Auburn, No. 23-ranked Clemson, No. 26-ranked Texas A&M, No. 28-ranked Wake Forest, No. 32-ranked South Carolina, No. 36-ranked Missouri, No. 48-ranked N.C. State and No. 50-ranked Augusta State. Rounding out the field this week are College of Charleston, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The Tigers are paired with North Carolina and Virginia in the opening round and will tee off from the front nine.
The Tigers return their same lineup from the Argent Financial Classic as junior Andrew Presley leads a group that also features sophomores Stewart Jolly, Myles Lewis and Curtis Thompson and freshman Zach Wright.
LSU SET FOR DOUBLEHEADER: Following a Southeastern Conference victory over No. 7 Ole Miss, the LSU men’s tennis team is set for a doubleheader Sunday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium against No. 12 Mississippi State at 1 p.m. and Nicholls State at 6 p.m. CT.
“Mississippi State is a very good team,”LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “They’ve been playing well, and they just beat Arkansas. We’ll have to play our very best, just like we did against Ole Miss. Our performance against Ole Miss might get it done, but it might have to be a little better.”
After starting off the season winning 12 of its first 14 matches, Mississippi State has dropped four straight matches, all to SEC foes. The Bulldogs picked up a 4-1 win in over Arkansas on Friday.
The Tigers (7-7, 2-4 SEC) and the Bulldogs (13-6, 3-4 SEC) met earlier this year in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Classic in Starkville, Miss., where Mississippi State picked up a 7-0 victory.
LSU and Nicholls State (7-8) met once in February 2006, and the Tigers defeated the Colonels 6-1.
Admission for the match is free, and free crawfish will be served 45 minutes before the match.
LADY TIGERS TO CONCLUDE WEEKEND AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: In Starkville, Miss., the LSU women’s tennis team meets Mississippi State in Southeastern Conference action on Sunday at 1 p.m. at A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
LSU (8-9, 1-6 SEC) is coming off a 4-2 loss to No. 36 Ole Miss, and Kaitlin Burns and Ella Taylor notched LSU’s two points of the day. Burns scored a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Rebels’ No. 37-ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe in the top spot, and Taylor tallied a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Ole Miss’ No. 66 Mai El Kamash on court three.
The Lady Tigers hold a 26-9 advantage over Mississippi State (6-9, 0-7) in the series.
Swimming and diving
DIVER WEIL PICKS UP SECOND NCAA ALL-AMERICAN HONOR: In Indianapolis, Ind., LSU freshman diver Cassie Weil picked up her second NCAA Honorable Mention All-America honor after placing 12th on the platform during the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships.
Weil finished fourth in the consolation final with a score of 287.15.
Weil notched an 11th-place finish on the three-meter during the second day of competition with a final round score of 337.50 and a prelim score of 335.65. The freshman also took ninth in the three-meter prelims.
LSU finished 34th in the competition with 11 points. Georgia won the NCAA championship for the fifth time.
LSU’s Torrey Bussey swam the 100 breast (1:00.45), 200 breast (2:02.06) and 200 individual medley (2:00.14). Bussey’s 21st-place finish in the 100 breast was her highest career NCAA finish.
The 200 medley relay team of freshman Caley Oquist, Bussey, junior Rainey White and sophomore Amber Carter finished in 20th with a mark of 1:38.66.