HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The 16th-ranked LSU men’s golf team will have an opportunity to win its first national championship in nearly 60 years after firing a team score of 4-under par 836 in 54 holes of stroke play to earn the No. 3 seed in the eight-team match-play tournament for the NCAA Division I championships.

Sparked by final rounds of 2-under 70 by junior Ben Taylor and 1-under 69 by senior Smylie Kaufman, the Tigers capped their third round of stroke play qualifying with a team score of 1-under 279 to finish as the runners-up to the No. 3-ranked Stanford Cardinal and in a tie for second place with the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

Stanford ran away from the field with a 54-hole score of 13-under par 827 to claim the No. 1 seed in the match play quarterfinals beginning Tuesday. Alabama earned a No. 2 seed in match play with the second tiebreaker established by the NCAA of highest 54-hole score by one golfer in the lineup after both teams’ non-counting scores over the three rounds totaled 11-over par.

Their performance sets up a quarterfinal match with No. 21-ranked UCLA as the Bruins nabbed the No. 6 seed.

No. 1 seed Stanford will face No. 8 seed Illinois after the Fighting Illini tied the SMU Mustangs for seventh place in the team standings at 5-over par 845 after 54 holes. No. 2 seed Alabama will battle No. 7 seed SMU and No. 4 seed Oklahoma State and No. 5 seed Georgia Tech will feature in the remaining quarterfinal match after the Cowboys finished at even-par 840 and the Yellow Jackets ended at 1-over par 841 in stroke play.

“Our guys are excited. They have worked hard this year, and are excited for the opportunity to play for a national championship,” said LSU coach Chuck Winstead. “The reality of the NCAA Championships is that it is two tournaments here. We played very well in stroke play to put ourselves in this position, and now we’ll go to match play with the mindset to win. The teams we’ve brought here in the past few years have all had it in them to get to this point, but I’m so proud of these guys.”

TEAM SCORES (Par 840)

1. Stanford 281-267-279 – 827 -13; T2. Alabama 274-278-284 – 836 -4; T2. LSU 279-278-279 – 836 -4; 4. Oklahoma State 277-279-284 – 840 E; 5. Georgia Tech 277-282-282 – 841 +1; 6. UCLA 279-284-281 – 844 +4; T7. SMU 275-285-285 – 845 +5; T7. Illinois 285-280-280 – 845 +5; 9. South Carolina 272-292-282 – 846 +6; 10. Houston 284-285-279 – 848; T11. California 279-289-282 – 850 +10; T11. Georgia 286-287-277 – 850 +10; 13. Texas 289-278-284 – 851 +11; 14. Oregon 284-297-271 – 852 +12; 15. Washington 279-287-287 – 853 +13; T16. Vanderbilt 281-285-288 – 854 +14; T16. Oklahoma 273-287-294 – 854 +14; T18. Kentucky 288-286-283 – 857 +17; T18. Arkansas 292-286-279 – 857 +17; 20. Missouri 283-289-287 – 859 +19; 21. UAB 282-285-295 – 862 +22; 22. Georgia State 285-290-288 – 863 +23; 23. Auburn 274-292-300 – 866 +26; 24. Florida State 286-301-283 – 870 +30; 25. Iowa State 278-299-294 – 871 +31; 26. Kennesaw State 294-294-284 – 872 +32; 27. Purdue 286-289-298 – 873 +33; 28. Virginia Tech 294-301-281 – 876 +36; 29. Texas A&M 296-288-297 – 881 +41; 30. Southern California 296-298-295 – 889 +49.

TOP 6 INDIVIDUALS (Par 210)

1. Cameron Wilson, Stanford, 71-63-70 – 204 -6; 2. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 71-65-68 – 204 -6; T3. David Boote, Stanford, 73-67-65 – 205 -5; T3. James Ross, Houston, 70-69-66 – 205 -5; T3. Robby Shelton, Alabama, 72-65-68 – 205 -5; T6. Ben Taylor, LSU, 71-67-68 – 206 -4; T6. Denny McCarthy, Virginia, 65-71-70 – 206 -4; T6. Seth Reeves, Georgia Tech, 66-72-68 – 206 -4.

LSU SCORES

T6. Ben Taylor, 71-67-68 – 206 -4; T19. Smylie Kaufman, 68-72-69 – 209 -1; T19. Curtis Thompson, 68-71-70 – 209 -1; T55. Stewart Jolly, 74-68-72 – 214 +4.