The LSU men’s golf program will be well-represented in Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend as four former Tigers will tee off at the Nationwide Tour’s Children’s Hospital Classic beginning Thursday at Black Creek Golf Club.

Not only will PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour veterans Brian Bateman and Scott Sterling compete for the Children’s Hospital Classic title, but 2011 NCAA Champion John Peterson is set to make his pro debut and former Tigers star Andrew Loupe will compete in his first career Nationwide Tour event.

The par-72 Black Creek Golf Club will play host to the championship as the opening round is set to begin Thursday at 7 a.m. CDT. The $500,000 tournament features a $90,000 first prize for the champion.

During their four seasons at LSU from 2007-11, Loupe and Peterson helped form the most prolific duo on campus since David Toms and Greg Lesher in the late 1980s. Peterson won three All-America honors and was twice named first-team All-SEC while wrapping up his collegiate career as an NCAA champion.

Loupe two All-America honors and was twice a member of the All-SEC first team.


CHAPMAN HONORED AS NATIONAL PRIMETIME PERFORMER: Allysha Chapman was selected Tuesday as a Primetime Performer of the Week.

Chapman was a leader of LSU’s defensive effort that limited two potent attacks in Georgia and Tennessee to a combined 17 total shots and seven shots on goal in a 2-0 shutout of the 10th-ranked Vols on Friday and a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs on Sunday.

LSU UP IN RANKINGS: The SEC-leading Tigers have parlayed its six-game winning streak and nine-game unbeaten streak over the past four weekends into the national rankings this week as the squad is ranked as high as No. 14 nationally in the latest Soccer America Top 25 released Tuesday morning.

LSU is ranked No. 25 in both the Soccer Times Top 25 and Continental Tire Top 25.