ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The No. 7-ranked LSU Tigers lifted the Southeastern Conference golf championship trophy for the first time in 28 seasons Sunday as they turned a three-shot deficit entering the final round into a three-shot victory with a winning score of 13-under par 827.

Not since the sophomore season of the great David Toms in 1986-87 had the Tigers been crowned SEC champions, but the team of Stewart Jolly, Ben Taylor, Zach Wright, Brandon Pierce and Eric Ricard prevailed.

They claimed the 16th SEC title in the program’s history to rank second all-time behind the 26 titles won by Georgia, while snapping Alabama’s run of three-straight crowns from 2012-14.

Closing at 1-under par as a team on the back nine and 2-under par over the final four holes, the Tigers staked their claim to the title as Alabama came in at 10-over par on the back nine with Vanderbilt posting its score of 4-over par on the final nine holes, including a cumulative 5-over par as a team through holes Nos. 15-18.

With Jolly leading the way with a 1-under par 69, Taylor and Wright both firing matching scores of even-par 70, with Pierce adding a 2-over par 72 to team’s score, the Tigers took home the title with a 1-over par 281. Vanderbilt and South Carolina trailed three back to finish in a tie for second place at 10-under 830.

Rounding out the Top 5 of the final team standings were Auburn and Alabama in a tie for fourth place at 7-under par 833.

“It came down to the end, and our guys just kept playing,” said LSU coach Chuck Winstead of his team’s performance late in the round. “They really outplayed some great teams down the stretch. The course was tougher today, you could see that in the scores. It took a great amount of focus to get through it. They did that and competed very well all the way through the 54th hole.”

The Tigers will wait for their eighth-straight NCAA regional selection as the field for the regionals will be announced on May 4.

Team scores (Par 840)

1. LSU, 274-272-281 – 827 -13; T2. Vanderbilt, 276-274-280 – 830 -10; T2. South Carolina, 275-275-280 – 830 -10; T4. Auburn, 275-276-282 – 833 -7; T4. Alabama, 269-274-290 – 833 -7; 6. Arkansas, 279-275-280 – 834 -6; T7. Florida, 282-276-284 – 842 +2; T7. Georgia, 282-277-283 – 842 +2; 9. Ole Miss, 288-278-283 – 849 +9; 10. Texas A&M, 286-282-287 – 855 +15; 11. Kentucky, 284-284-288 – 856 +16; 12. Tennessee, 284-292-284 – 860 +20; 13. Missouri, 287-283-291 – 861 +21; 14. Mississippi State, 289-297-299 – 885 +45.

Top 10 individuals (Par 210)

1. Matthew NeSmith, South Carolina, 65-64-67 – 196 -14; 2. Ben Schlottman, Auburn, 67-65-70 – 202 -8; 3. Robby Shelton, Alabama, T4. Stewart Jolly, LSU, 68-68-69 – 205 -5; T4. Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt, 70-67-68 – 205 -5; T6. Zach Wright, LSU, 70-66-70 – 206 -4; T6. Taylor Moore, Arkansas, 73-66-67 – 206 -4; T6. Ryan Benton, Auburn, 69-66-71 – 206 -4; T9. Brandon Pierce, LSU, 67-68-72 – 207 -3; T9. Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt, 69-70-68 – 207 -3.

LSU scores

T4. Stewart Jolly, 68-68-69 – 205 -5; T6. Zach Wright, 70-66-70 – 206 -4; T9. Brandon Pierce, 67-68-72 – 207 -3; T31. Ben Taylor, 73-70-70 – 213 +3; T31. Eric Ricard, 69-71-73 – 213 +3

WOMEN'S GOLF

SAGSTROM PLACES THIRD, LADY TIGERS SEVENTH: In Birmingham, Alabama, LSU’s Madelene Sagstrom posted a final-round of 3-under 69 to finish with her second career top 5 in the SEC championships on Sunday.

Sagstrom posted a 54-hole total of 211, -5 (72-70-69) to finish in third place. Individual winner Blanca Fabrizio birdied the last three holes to shoot 70 and win the title with a three-day total of 9-under par 207. Maddie Szeryk of A&M finished second at 209 with a 69 on the final day.

Caroline Nistrup finished with a 2-over 74 and finished at 2-over par 218. LSU also counted a 75 from Claudia De Antonio, and 79s from Elise Bradley and Carly Ray Goldstein.

Texas A&M ran away with the team title at the end, shooting 7-under par on the final day to finish at 13-under 851 (293-277-281). South Carolina finished second at 863. Vanderbilt was third at 867.

“The girls hung in there and played well on the later holes, but we just weren’t able to get much going all week,” LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said. “We will regroup, work on some things in practice and look forward to finding out where our regional selection assignment will be.”

Team results (288-864)

1. Texas A&M 293-277-281 – 851 -13; 2. South Carolina 299-280-284 – 863 -1l; 3. Vanderbilt 293-292-282 – 867 +3; 4. Tennessee 293-291-294 – 878 +14; 5. Alabama 300-288-296 – 844 +20; 6. Florida 299-295-292 – 886 +22; 7. LSU 299-293-297 – 889 +25; 8. Arkansas 300-293-287 – 891 +27; 9. Auburn 307-295-290 – 892 +28; 10. Georgia 306-289-298 – 893 +29; 11. Kentucky 307-297-290 – 894 +30; 12. Miss. State 308-291-298 – 897 +33; 13. Missouri 307-302-306 – 915 +51; 14. Mississippi 310-307-308 – 925 +61.

Top 5 Individuals (Par 72-216)

1. Bianca Fabrizio, Texas A&M 70-67-70 – 207 -9; 2. Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M 73-67-79 – 209 -7; 3. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU 72-70-69 – 211 -5; T4. Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina 73-65-74; Justine Dreher, South Carolina 70-72-70 – 212 -4.

LSU Scores

3. Madelene Sagstrom 72-70-69 – 211 -5; T12. Caroline Nistrup, 70-74-74 – 218 +2; T47. Elise Bradley, 78-72-79 – 229 +13; T58. Claudia DeAntonio 80-78-75 – 233 +17; 63. Carly Ray Goldstein 79-77-79 – 235 +19.