The LSU men’s golf team just captured its first NCAA championship in 60 years.
The Tigers are set to follow up that title with what may be the program’s best recruiting class ever.
LSU signee Sam Burns of Shreveport is world No. 1 in the three major junior golf rankings: AJGA/Polo, World Junior Golf Rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Burns is No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, which includes adults and juniors.
“He’s proven over the last two years to be the best in not only this country but in the world,” LSU coach Chuck Winstead said Monday. “It’s just a testament to his success and the strength of the fields he’s in.”
Burns, who has competed in PGA Tour events this season in San Antonio and Memphis, Tennessee, has three junior wins, three other top fives and another top-10 finish in nine starts, according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking period.
The two other members of LSU’s incoming class are not far behind.
Nathan Jeansonne, of Keithville (just south of Shreveport), is ranked as high as No. 8 according to Junior Golf Scoreboard. Luis Gagne, from Orlando, Florida, tops out at No. 28 according to AJGA/Polo.
“I’m excited about all three of them,” Winstead said. “Obviously Sam’s No. 1, but Nathan’s had a great year and a half, two years, as has Luis. We’re looking forward to having them and developing their talent.”
LSU is the only school to have signed two of Junior Golf Scoreboard’s top-10 players.
Meanwhile, Winstead said LSU golfer Brandon Pierce continues to recover from neck surgery last week.
The junior-to-be from Covington broke a vertebra in his neck jumping into a pond near his Baton Rouge apartment June 4, the day the Tigers returned from the NCAA championships.
“He’s doing great,” Winstead said. “He’s hanging out at home, resting, playing video games. He should be able to start chipping and putting in the next six or seven weeks.
“We’re very blessed.”
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