LSU’s three-time All-American and 2011 NCAA men’s golf individual champion John Peterson will put his pitching prowess on display on Tuesday as he is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as the Texas Rangers play host to the Seattle Mariners at 7:05 p.m. at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Peterson, a native of nearby Fort Worth, was invited to throw out the first pitch following his national title win at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on June 2.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for a while now,” Peterson said. “It’s exciting to be able to walk out on that mound and throw out a first pitch. I’m sure I’ll be pretty nervous out there trying to throw a strike. I’d say I’ll be more nervous for that than standing over any putt to win a golf tournament. I’ve practiced quite a bit. Maybe I should just go with the Nolan Ryan high leg kick and fire it in there.”
Peterson became the third LSU Tiger in program history to be crowned the NCAA individual champion at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., when he fired a 5-under par 211 for 54 holes to take the title by one stroke over UCLA freshman and National Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay.
He is now awaiting a potential selection to the U.S. Walker Cup team before embarking on a professional career. Similar to the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup is one of the top events in amateur golf worldwide with teams from the United States and Great Britain competing in match play for the championship.
CANADIAN TRIO AMONG TOP 100 PROSPECTS: LSU’s Canadian trio of two-time All-SEC performer Allysha Chapman and All-SEC hopefuls Taryne Boudreau and Natalie Martineau continue to receive their share of preseason recognition in 2011 as each has been named among the Top 100 prospects for the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft announced this past weekend by the writers of AllWhiteKit.com.
Chapman, a native of Courtice, Ontario, is the No. 45-ranked pro prospect in the NCAA for the 2012 draft class after establishing herself as one of the country’s top defensive talents in her two seasons at LSU.
While competing as both a starting left back and defensive midfielder for the Tigers, Chapman received a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2009 and First-Team All-SEC selection in 2010 as one of the league’s top defensive performers. She is also a two-time all-region selection for the Tigers.
The scouting report at AllWhiteKit.com states that Chapman is a “Canadian U20 that will probably be at defensive midfielder in 2011 for her senior season, but realistically, with her size, her future is probably at left back, where she performed so ably as a junior in 2010.”
A pair of talented attacking midfielders to facilitate the offense this fall as Martineau is ranked No. 77 and Boudreau is ranked No. 89 by AllWhiteKit.com in its list of top prospects for the 2012 WPS Draft.
Martineau is the team’s top returning goal scorer from a season ago when adding five goals in her first season at LSU. Boudreau is set to return to the midfield in 2011 following a year for which she led one of the SEC’s elite defenses as a starting center back.
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