EUGENE, Ore. — The LSU men’s golf team was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of match play at the NCAA Division I men’s golf championships as the No. 3-seeded Tigers fell to the sixth-seeded and homestanding Oregon by a 31/2-11/2 margin Tuesday at Eugene Country Club.
The Tigers, the defending national champions, advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals with a third-place finish in 72 holes of stroke play, becoming just the third team in the match-play era to qualify for the “Match Play 8” in three straight seasons.
By tying for fifth place at this year’s championship, the Tigers have earned a top-five national finish at the NCAA championships for three straight years for the fourth time. They also finished in the top five from 1939-43, 1946-48 and 1953-55.
“I’m so proud of our guys. I’m proud of the way they’ve represented themselves and LSU here this week,” LSU coach Chuck Winstead said. “There’s a standard that has been set for our program where just going to match play and getting to the quarterfinals isn’t what we want. We want more than that. It’s what we’ve come to expect of ourselves.
LSU’s senior All-American Zach Wright put the Tigers on the scoreboard defeated Oregon freshman Edwin Yi 2&1.
Wright remained perfect in his career at the NCAA championships while running his record to 6-0 all-time, joining former Augusta State star Patrick Reed, who played at University High, as the only players with at least six wins without a defeat during the match-play era.
“Whenever you go up against one person, you kind of know what you have to do,” Wright said. “I just really enjoy match play, going up against one person. It’s a lot of fun playing match play.”
With two points already on the scoreboard, Oregon’s NCAA individual champion Aaron Wise holed a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-four seventh hole to clinch his match against LSU’s junior All-American Eric Ricard, 3&2, and hand the Ducks a 31/2-11/2 victory.
Tigers freshman Luis Gagne battled back-and-forth with Oregon junior Thomas Lim throughout their match as they went into extra holes all square with only Ricard and Wise still on the course. Their match was halved when Wise scored the deciding point for the Ducks.
In the first match of the day, Oregon’s Zach Foushee won four-straight holes — Nos. 6-9 — to overcome a 2-down deficit to LSU junior Brandon Pierce with just four holes to play to earn the 2-up win.