Former LSU golfer Ken Looper earns spot in Zurich Classic

Former LSU golfer Ken Looper earned a spot in the the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, firing a 10-under par 62 to win medalist honors during Monday’s tournament qualifier held at La Tour Golf Club in Mathews.

Looper is one of three former LSU golfers in the field at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, joining David Toms and John Peterson.

Looper claimed the first of four qualifying spots in the field. Matt Fast was second at 9-under 63, followed by two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and Zack Fischer in a tie for third place with a 7-under 65.

A native of Mandeville, Looper played his senior season at LSU in 2011 while earning PING All-Southeast Region honors. He is also a former Louisiana Amateur champion and All-Sun Belt Conference selection during his three seasons at UNO from 2007-10.

Looper and Peterson were teammates during the 2010-11 season.

Peterson gets exemption

Former LSU golfer John Peterson has opted to accept a sponsor’s exemption to the Zurich Classic instead of playing in this week’s Web.com Tour event, Peterson confirmed Monday.

Peterson, the 2011 NCAA champion, played in the Masters two weeks ago, though he does not have exempt status on the PGA Tour. He is trying to gain status on the PGA Tour for the 2013-14 season by finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour this season.