COLUMBIA, Mo. — Sparked by a furious finish to Sunday’s final round at the NCAA Columbia regional, the 14th-ranked and No. 3-seeded LSU men’s golf team earned a berth into the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five seasons by tying for fourth place in the team standings at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

The five in LSU’s lineup combined to shoot 18-under par on the back nine while carding 15 birdies, one eagle and just one bogey down the stretch.

They fired their second-lowest team score of the season with a 14-under-par 274 to finish in a tie for fourth place with No. 9-seeded Iowa State with matching 54-hole scores of 15-under par 849.

Ben Taylor and Curtis Thompson led the way for the Tigers in the final round by firing scores of 5-under par 67, while Smylie Kaufman, Stewart Jolly and Zach Wright added rounds of 2-under par 70 toward LSU’s team total to lead the team into the NCAA Championships for the second straight season.

The Tigers were among five teams advancing from the 14-team field from the Columbia regional to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships to be held May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

No. 2-ranked and No. 1-seeded Oklahoma State claimed the regional title with a score of 33-under 831, including a 16-under 272 in the final round, followed by 24th-ranked and No. 4-seeded Arkansas in second place at 28-under 836 and No. 8-seeded Missouri in third place at 27-under 837.

“There was some strong play from our team this week,” LSU coach Chuck Winstead said. “As a group, we finally got a few putts to fall on the back nine today. Once again, we’re so happy and proud of Smylie. The 29 he had on the back nine was special after a rough start. This group has had a good run this spring. We’re looking forward to our next step and a good week at nationals.”

Kaufman finished as the top Tiger for the second straight tournament in a tie for sixth place with his team-low 54-hole score of 7-under par 209 for the weekend.

LSU’s All-Southeastern Conference duo of Jolly and Thompson each tied for 21st place with 2-under par 214s. Each wrapped the championship with his lowest score for the weekend as Thompson fired a bogey-free 5-under 67, and Jolly added a bogey-free 2-under 70.

Wright followed in a tie for 23rd place at 1-under par 215, while Taylor rounded out the lineup in a tie for 26th place with a 54-hole score of even-par 216 on the weekend.

Missouri’s Emilio Cuartero fired a 7-under par 65 to take the individual title.

NCAA COLUMBIA REGIONAL

Final-round results

Team scores (Par 864): 1. Oklahoma State 272-287-272 — 831 -33. 2. Arkansas 289-270-277 — 836 -28. 3. Missouri 281-280-276 — 837 -27. T4. LSU 289-286-274 — 849 -15; T4. Iowa State 293-286-270 — 849 -15. 6. Arizona State 291-285-282 — 858 -6. 7. Virginia 285-303-276 — 864 E. 8. San Diego State 294-288-284 — 866 +2. 9. Iowa 291-294-284 — 869 +5. 10. Denver 300-301-283 — 884 +20. 11. Middle Tennessee State 301-292-292 — 885 +21. 12. Ohio State 308-303-276 — 887 +23. 13. Loyola-Maryland 308-294-286 — 888 +24. 14. Bryant 316-316-296 — 928 +64.

Top 10 individuals (Par 216): 1. Emilio Cuartero, Missouri, 70-70-65 — 205 -11. T2. Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State, 67-73-66 — 206 -10; T2. Hunter Kraus, Missouri, 68-69-69 – 206 —10; T2. Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State, 65-73-68 — 206 -10. 5. Kolton Crawford, Arkansas, 72-69-67 — 208 -8. T6. Smylie Kaufman, LSU, 72-67-70 — 209 -7; T6. Denny McCarthy, Virginia, 69-73-67 — 209 -7; T6. Scott Fernandez, Iowa State, 72-71-66 — 209 -7; T6. Nicolas Echavarria, Arkansas, 73-67-69 — 209 -7; T6. Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas, 73-67-69 — 209 -7.

LSU scores: T6. Smylie Kaufman, 72-67-70 — 209 -7. T21. Stewart Jolly, 72-72-70 — 214 -2; T21. Curtis Thompson, 72-75-67 — 214 -2. T23. Zach Wright, 73-72-70 — 215 -1. T26. Ben Taylor, 74-75-67 — 216 E

San Antonio regional

SOUTHEASTERN’S BRAME FINISHES PLAY: In San Antonio, Southeastern Louisiana’s Grady Brame jumped 14 spots in the final round of the NCAA San Antonio Regional, which wrapped up Saturday at the Briggs Ranch Country Club.

Brame, a Hammond native, posted his second straight round of 74 on Saturday. He finished with a tournament score of eight-over par 224 to finish in a tie for 43rd in the individual standings.