EUGENE, Ore. — Battling the toughest winds of the competition, the LSU men’s golf team shot 1-over-par over the final nine holes Monday to ensure its place in the eight-team match play competition that will decide the NCAA champion over the next two days at Eugene Country Club.
LSU, the defending national champion, finished 72 holes at 16-over with rounds of 286-282-283-285.
LSU finished third in the stroke-play portion of the championship, two shots behind 72-hole leader Texas. In second was Illinois at 15-over.
In Tuesday’s quarterfinals, LSU will meet host Oregon beginning on the 10th tee at 9 a.m. The semifinal round will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The championship match is 4:10 p.m. Wednesday
LSU joins Illinois as the only teams to make the match play quarterfinals for the third straight year. LSU is the fourth team since the format went to match play in 2009 to make it three straight years. Twice in seven years there has been a repeat winner at the NCAA tournament.
LSU’s Eric Ricard, who took a 40 with a triple bogey on the front side, posted 2-under on the back to come home at 72. Brandon Pierce had eight pars and one bogey in his 1-under 69, and freshman Luis Gagne was 1-over 71, with fellow newcomer Sam Burns at 3-over 73.
Gagne (70-70-73-71) and Burns (74-68-69-73) just missed top-10 finishes in their first NCAA tournament at 4-over 284, finishing tied for 13th. Ricard carded 71-71-72-72 for a 6-over 216 and a tie for 22nd. Brandon Pierce finished at 7-over 217 (73-76-69-69) to tie for 26th. Zach Wright posted a 13-over 223 to tie for 60th.