The stellar sophomore season LSU golfer Sam Burns is having has earned him a major honor.
Burns, the nation’s No. 1-ranked collegiate golfer, was officially named Thursday to the U.S. team for the Arnold Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-like competition against a team from Europe. The event will be held June 9-11 at Atlanta Athletic Club, site of former LSU All-American David Toms’ 2001 PGA Championship triumph.
Burns, who like Toms lives in Shreveport, was assured a spot on the team last week when he received the No. 1 spot in the final Arnold Palmer Cup ranking released March 9.
“Extremely honored and excited to play for #TeamUSA at the @ArnoldPalmerCup this year,” Burns tweeted Thursday. “Amazing what Mr. Palmer did for the game.”
Burns will be the fourth LSU golfer in the past five years to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup. Former All-American Ben Taylor of England played for Europe in 2013, while All-Americans Stewart Jolly and Zach Wright represented the U.S. in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
Burns is a prime candidate for college golf’s Ben Hogan and Haskins awards. In nine starts in 2016-17 he has three wins and hasn’t finished outside the top 10, with his most recent victory coming in late February in the Louisiana Classics tournament at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.
Burns is a cumulative 60-under par this season and leads the Tigers with a 69.23 scoring average.
2017 Arnold Palmer Cup
Sam Burns, LSU
John Coultas, Florida Southern
Sean Crocker, Southern California
Doug Ghim, Texas
Nick Hardy, Illinois
Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Collin Morikawa, California
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Jimmy Stanger, Virginia
Norman Xiong, Oregon
Harry Ellis, Florida State (England)
Rory Franssen, Missouri (Scotland)
Stuart Grehan, Maynooth (Ireland)
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State (Norway)
Richard Mansell, Nova Southeastern (England)
Fredrik Nilehn, Texas Tech (Sweden)
Hannes Ronneblad, Texas Tech (Sweden)
Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State (Norway)
David Wicks, Jacksonville (England)
* One player TBA