The victorious LSU Tiger golf team
LAHAINA, HI (November 5, 2017) - No. 12 LSU completed their fall season with win number two of the year on Sunday at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic. Playing at Ka‘anapali Golf Course the Tigers were led by Jacob Bergeron and Philip Barbaree as the Tigers finished 31-under-par and seven shots clear of runner-up USC (-24).
Both Bergeron a freshman and Barbaree a sophomore finished 8-under, good for tied finish. LSU also received a 12th place finish from Trey Winstead (-6) while Luis Gagne (-3) finished tied for 18th. Gagne got off to a quick start this weekend with a 7-under 64 in Friday's first round but he followed that round up with a 74-72 last two day performance.
On Sunday LSU got a big lift from the fifth player in their lineup, Nathan Jeansonne who carded the low Tiger round of the day in the form of a 3-under 68. Jeansonne completed the week in 26th at 1-under.
California placed third at 23-under, Kansas was fourth at 19-under while in fifth it was 10-under Houston.
In the individual race K.K. Limbhasut of Cal won the title after Andy Spencer of Kansas finished bogey, bogey, double-bogey. Limbhasut played lights out on Sunday putting himself in position to win after he played the front nine in 5-under 32. On the par-37 side the redshirt junior carded birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 6 while also eagling the par-5 9th. Heading for home Limbhasut cooled off as he parred the final nine holes but his 12-under number ended up being good enough for a one shot victory.
"I couldn't ask for a better way to finish my fall season," K.K. Limbhasut told Cal athletics. "I feel like my game is trending in the right direction. I had a really good fall and played really well in the last three events, but I still have some parts of my game that I want to sharpen up for spring."
The win was the second of the season for Limbhasut who also won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and the fourth of his career.
Scott Stevens of South Carolina took third at 11-under. Stevens had a chance to win after reaching 11-under with a birdie on the 15th but closed with three consecutive pars. In third it was Spencer, fourth place belonged to South Carolina's Will Miles while along with Bergeron and Barbaree it was 36-hole leader Collin Morikawa of Caland Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine sharing fifth at 8-under.
Looking to end their fall with a win No. 12 LSU put together a 9-under day and at 25-under they hold a three shot lead at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic with one round remaining.
LSU, winners of their own David Toms Intercollegiate in October, are being led by a trio of players in the top-10. Through 36-holes at Ka‘anapali Golf Course the low Tiger is Philip Barbaree who is 6-under and tied for fourth. During the second round Barbaree birdied six-times and bogeyed three-times for a 3-under 68. Barbaree's final birdie of the round came on the 18th and it was his third bird in the last five holes. The stretch run however also included a pair of bogeys.
Also performing well for LSU are Trey Winstead (-5; T6) and Jacob Bergeron (-5; T6). One day after leading LSU with a career best 7-under 64 Luis Gagne is now tied for 16th.
Rounding out the team standings are first round leader No. 18 Cal (-22) in second, USC (-21) is third, Kansas (-16) is fourth while Houston (-10) resides in fifth.
In the medalist race the lead belongs to Collin Morikawa of Cal by one over Scott Stevens of USC and Andy Spencer of Kansas.
Morikawa, with rounds of 64-68, is 10-under with one round remaining. The junior is in position to win the tournament thanks in large part to his career-best matching 7-under 64 first round. On Friday Morikawa played a bogey-free round of golf while birdieing seven-times, including four in a row from Nos. 1-4 which were the beginning of his second nine.
During his second round 3-under 68 Morikawa birdied five-times and bogeyed twice.
Fellow Cal Bear K.K. Limbhasut is tied for fourth with Barbaree to round out the top-five.
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