LA QUINTA, Calif. (February 17, 2016) -- Was it something we said?
In yesterday's second round story, we mentioned that the last three players for LSU all shot 4-over 75, while the top two (Zach Wright and Brandon Pierce) both shot well under par.
Maybe the ears of Nathan Jeansonne, Eric Ricard, and Sam Burns were ringing -- they fired 64, 67, and 67 respectively for LSU today, pacing the team to a final round of 19-under and an 18 stroke victory over Arizona State.
It took the Tigers just six holes to erase a five-shot deficit to second-round leader Arizona State before storming to a 18-shot victory, with birdies -- and one par-4 eagle -- flying everywhere.
Jeansonne made seven birdies against no bogeys to post his career low, and the lowest by an LSU player in 27 years. And Burns came back nicely from yesterday's round, with a 4-under 67.
Ricard was at 7-under through 12 holes, and having one of those days any college player (or any golfer for that matter) would dream of. After a par on the first, Ricard holed his second shot on the 440 yard par-4 2nd hole, then made five birdies in the six hole stretch of Nos. 6 through 11. Although Ricard bogeyed three of his last four holes, he experienced "the zone" well into the back nine and, after all, he still shot 67 and his team won the tournament.
Let's not forget the LSU team leader, Zach Wright.
He continued charging forward and pacing his team, while taking medalist honors himself. After going 68-66 the first two rounds on the par-71 Greg Norman layout, he posted 4-under 67 on Wednesday for a 54-hole total of 12-under 201.
“This was a fantastic week for our team. It’s come maybe a little quicker than I would have thought, but the guys played great,” said LSU coach Chuck Winstead.
“Our main focus is just doing the right things in practice and playing the right way. We know if we do those things, we have the talent to play some great golf over the course of the spring.”
Meanwhile, it was hot one day and cold the next for Arizona State, who fired 15-under yesterday but was over par today as their attempt to defend their title here at the Prestige came up short.
San Diego State moved into third place, paced by Ryann Ree, whose almost perfect tournament was spoiled by a double-bogey at the difficult 18th that also took him out of contention for medalist honors. But 10-under, that's solid.
Stanford, on a lackluster second and third round from Maverick McNealy (who opened with 68), slid into 6th place behind the Pepperdine Waves, who have improved every day. The Waves were led by Frederick Wedel, who posted 8-under for the tournament.
The defending national champion LSU Tigers made history in Wednesday’s final round as they smashed school records with their 19-under par 265 on the afternoon and 26-under par 826 for the championship to cruise to the team title in the three-day event held at the Greg Norman Course.