Tigers’ Wright leads La. Classics

LAFAYETTE — LSU freshman Zach Wright followed a career-low 6-under 66 with a par 72 to take a three shot lead Monday after the first two rounds of the 28th annual Louisiana Classics men’s golf tournament at Oakbourne Country Club.

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Brandt Garon and Kansas’ Chris Gilbert are tied for second at 3-under 141.

Playing as an individual this week, Wright carded one eagle, 10 birdies and six bogeys over the two rounds.

Sophomore Stewart Jolly is in a tie for 15th at 2-over 146 to lead the LSU team. The No. 14 Tigers are tied for sixth place with Houston and South Alabama at 16-over 592.

Illinois, ranked 20th, leads the team standings by seven over Kansas. Southeastern Louisiana is in fourth at 589, Louisiana-Lafayette ninth and Louisiana Tech 12th.

LOUISIANA CLASSICS

After two rounds

TEAM SCORES (Par 576): 1. Illinois 292-287—579; 2. Kansas 292-294—586; 3. Kent State 298-289—587; 4. Southeastern Louisiana 301-288—589; 5. Tulsa 303-287—590; T6. LSU 298-294—592; T6. Houston 294-298—592; T6. South Alabama 298-294—592; 9. Louisiana-Lafayette 305-295—600; 10. Memphis 304-298—602; 11. Texas State 302-304—606; 12. Louisiana Tech 303-309—612; 13. Southern Miss 312-301—613; 14. Texas-San Antonio 306-310—616.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144): 1. Zach Wright*, LSU, 66-72 —- 138; T2. Brandt Garon, ULL, 73-68—141; T2. Chris Gilbert, Kansas, 72-69—141; 4. Thomas Perrot, Memphis, 70-72—142; T5. Alex Gutesha, Kansas, 69-74—143; T5. Taylor Pendrith, Kent State, 73-70—143; T7. Curtis Reed, Houston, 72-72—144; T7. Alex Burge*, Illinois, 74-70—144; T9. Roman Robledo, Houston, 70-75—145; T9. Thomas Detry, Illinois, 72-73—145; T9. Kevin Miller, Kent State, 71-74—145; T9. Mason Jacobs, Illinois, 74-71—145; T9. Luis Thiele, Texas State, 75-70—145; T9. Rhys West, Southeastern Louisiana, 72-73—145.

* Indicates player competing as an individual.

LSU: 1. Zach Wright* 66-72—138*; T15. Stewart Jolly 71-75—146; T27. Curtis Thompson 75-73—148; T35. Andrew Presley 76-74—150; T41. Myles Lewis 80-72—152; T47. Smylie Kaufman* 78-75—153; T53. Landon Lyons, 76-78—154.

Southeastern Louisiana: T9 Rhys West 72-73—145; T15 Eamon Bradley 75-71—146; T35 Grady Brame 79-71—150; T35 Baptiste Courtachon 77-73—150; T65 Nicholas Inderthal 77-79—156.

ULL: T2 Brandt Garon 73-68—141; T31 Ethan Savoy 75-74—149; T53 Yohann Vora 77-77—154; T65 Ross Davis 80-76—156; T76 Peter Lamaris 81-78—159.

Louisiana Tech: T20 Travis Wilmore 74-73—147; T47 Sam Forgan 74-79—153; T58 Victor Lange 76-79—155; T70 Jack Lempke 79-78—157; 83 Ben Robinson 91-84—175.

Gymnastics

Tigers climb to No. 4 in nation : For the fourth straight week, the LSU gymnastics team moved up one spot in the GymInfo rankings.

The Tigers are No. 4 in rankings, the highest for LSU since March 2009.

LSU (9-3, 5-2 SEC) had a 196.965 regional qualifying score.

In the team event standings, LSU remained No. 1 on floor with a 49.410 score, and No. 2 on vault with a 49.430.

The Tigers moved up two spots to No. 6 on bars with a 49.215 and are ranked 18th on the beam at 48.925.

Rheagan Courville is No. 4 in the all-around with a 39.480, No. 4 on vault at 9.915, No. 11 on floor at 9.895 and No. 16 on beam at 9.870.

Lloimincia Hall is No. 2 on floor with a 9.925, and Jessica Savona is No. 21 on floor with a 9.885.

Florida moved back into the top spot in the rankings with a 197.440, Oklahoma slipped to No. 2 at 197.410 and Michigan is third at 197.080.

LSU will host No. 5 Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday.

GymInfo Gymnastics Top 25

1. Florida 197.440; ; 2. Oklahoma 197.410; ; 3. Michigan 197.080; 4. LSU 196.965; 5. Alabama 196.910; 6. UCLA 196.765; 7. Utah 196.740; 8. Georgia 196.725; 9. Stanford 196.590; 10. Oregon State 196.565; 11. Auburn 196.495; 12. Nebraska 196.365; 13. Denver 196.150; 14. Minnesota 196.130; 15. Penn State 195.845; 16. Arizona 195.775; 17. Kent State 195.755; 18. Ohio State 195.750; 19. Illinois 195.685; 20. Kentucky 195.635; 21. West Virginia 195.625; 22. Washington 195.520; 23. Boise State 195.485; T24. Maryland 195.435; T24. Arkansas 195.435.

Basketball

Carmouche, Ballard earn LSWA honors: Two LSU players and UL-Monroe women’s player earned Louisiana Sports Writers Association player of the week honors.

LSU senior Charles Carmouche earned men’s honors after averaging 23.5 points and 4.5 assists in two games.

LSU freshman Danielle Ballard shared the women’s honor with ULM forward Ashleigh Simmons. Ballard averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and four steals in two wins. She was also named SEC freshman of the week. Simmons averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds in two wins.