CHOUDRANT—Andrew Presley wrapped up the Argent Financial Classic with an even-par 72 to lock up second place on the leaderboard and lead the 15th-ranked LSU men’s golf team to a runner-up finish after Tuesday’s final round at the Argent Financial Classic at Squire Creek Country Club.
The Tigers earned their third runner-up finish in four tournaments during the spring season after posting a team score of 1-over 289 in the final round for a 54-hole tournament score of 1-under 863. No. 32 North Texas took the title by four shots with a 5-under 859.
The Tigers opened Tuesday’s action in a tie for the top spot with North Texas.
Presley held a four-shot lead going into Tuesday’s action. He carded four birdies and four bogeys Tuesday.
North Texas’ Rodolfo Cazaubon turned a four-shot deficit into a one-shot victory as he fired a 5-under 67.
Tigers sophomore Curtis Thompson finished 10 shots off the pace after adding a 1-over par 73 to LSU’s team total in the final round while tying for fifth place at 1-over par 217.
LSU freshman Zach Wright Wright tied for eighth place at 3-over 219 for his second-straight top-10 finish.
The Tigers also added Stewart Jolly’s 73, which tied him for 14th place at 5-over 221. Fellow sophomore Myles Lewis was tied for 18th place with a 54-hole score of 6-over 222 after carding a 4-over 76 in the final round.
ARGENT FINANCIAL CLASSIC
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. North Texas 293-281-285—859 -5. 2. LSU 292-282-289—863 -1. 3. Louisiana Tech 295-288-307—890 +26. 4. Arkansas-Little Rock 299-299-295—893 +29. 5. Southern Mississippi 303-295-296—894 +30. 6. Texas State 295-299-302—896 +32. 7. Jacksonville State 305-300-301—906 +42. 8. Central Arkansas 302-299-309—910 +46. T9. Louisiana-Lafayette 309-302-307—918 +54. T9. McNeese State 303-299-316—918 +54. 11. Missouri State 321-305-310—936 +72. —
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas, 70-70-67—207 -9. 2. Andrew Presley, LSU, 67-69-72—208 -8. 3. Jason Roets, North Texas, 72-71-70—213 -3. 4. Kevin Brady, Southern Mississippi, 71-71-73—215 -1. T5. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 75-69-73—217 +1. T5. Carlos Ortiz, North Texas, 77-69-71—217 +1. 7. Colby Benton, Arkansas-Little Rock, 73-76-69—218 +2. T8. Zach Wright, LSU, 76-72-71—219 +3. T8. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State, 73-71-75—219 +3. T10. Pep Angles, Central Arkansas, 70-71-79—220 +4. T10. Curtis Donahoe, North Texas, 72-73-75—220 +4. T10. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech, 72-72-76—220 +4. T10. Stuart Smallwood, Texas State, 72-73-75—220 +4.
LSU SCORES: 2. Andrew Presley, 67-69-72—208 -8. T5. Curtis Thompson, 75-69-73—217 +1. T8. Zach Wright, 76-72-71—219 +3. T14. Stewart Jolly, 76-72-73—221 +5. T18. Myles Lewis, 74-72-76—222 +6.
Louisiana Tech scores: T10. Victor Lange 72-72-76—220. T20. Sam Forgan 76-72-75—223. T20. Travis Wilmore 75-70-78—223. T32. Ben Robinson 74-74-82—230. T42. Jack Lempkie 74-81-78—233
UL-LAFAYETTE SCORES: 23T. Brandt Garon, 225. T27. Ross Davis and Yohann Vora, 229.
McNeese SCORES: T23, Kendall Magee 73-74-78—225. 25, Mick Huffman 75-75-76—226. T46, Martin Eriksson 79-76-80—235. 54, Jack Clyde 76-82-8—240. T55, Michael Killam 82-74-85—241.
MCKINNEY QUALIFIES FOR THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: In Houston, junior diver Sean McKinney became LSU’s first male diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships after a fourth place on the three-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Regionals at the CRWC Natatorium.
McKinney finished with a score of 769.65.
“Sean’s performance was what I have been waiting to come out of him in an elite level competition,” diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “It was something that I knew he could do.”
Missouri diver David Bonuchi, Texas diver Will Chandler and Minnesotta diver Michael Ross all earned automatic qualifying spots to the NCAA’s after finishing in the top three in that order on the one-meter. All three divers finished in the top-three on the three-meter. This allowed McKinney to qualify with his fourth place finish because the next NCAA qualifying spot went to the fourth place finisher on the three-meter.
Both diving teams will compete on the platform Wednesday, the last day of the competition.
HALL NAMED SEC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: For the second time this season, LSU sophomore gymnast Lloimincia Hall has earned Southeastern Conference Specialist of the Week recognition.
Hall earned a perfect 10.0 in floor exercise to clinch LSU’s season-high 197.500 score against Alabama. Hall is the only gymnast to score two 10.0s this season. She recorded her first 10 on floor at Missouri on Feb. 8.
She is the first LSU gymnast to score two 10s in one season since Ashleigh Clare-Kearney in 2008, and she is the first Tiger to post two 10’s on floor in the same season since April Burkholder in 2004.
Track and field
ATHLETES HONORED AT ANNUAL ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE GALA: Members of the track and field program were recognized for their work in their respective sport, in the classroom and in the community at the Tiger Athletic FoundationAcademic Excellence Gala on Monday night.
Track and field athletes won an athletic department-high five of the 15 major individual awards presented.
After capping her junior season as the 2012 recipient of The Bowerman in December, senior Kimberlyn Duncan was honored as the 2013 TAF Female Athlete of the Year.
In 2012, Duncan swept NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor championships in the 200 meters, becoming the first collegiate sprinter to sweep national titles in
the event in consecutive seasons.
Former Tiger Cullen Doody, former Lady Tiger Christine Derbins, senior Laura Carleton, and sophomore Philip Dempsey were each presented academic award.
RAMSEY RECEIVES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Soccer player Alex Ramsey, a rising senior, was honored at the TAF gala as the 2012 Female Volunteer of the Year.
The soccer program was the recipient of the Tiger Cup for four straight years at the TAF Academic Excellence Gala from 2009-12.
Broadcasts Back on Country Legends 104.9 FM: The softball team will have its 30-game radio package broadcasted on Country Legends KYPY-FM 104.9 FM in Baton Rouge this season in an announcement Tuesday by LSU Sports Properties.
The first broadcast of the 30-game package will be versus Nicholls State on Wednesday and also features LSU’s remaining 21 SEC contests.
The network also will carry every softball postseason game from the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
Patrick Wright returns as the play-by-play voice of the Tigers for his 17th season. Kent Lowe also is back for his 17th season as the color analyst for selected home games, while Matt Dunaway joins Wright for his fifth season on the air primarily handling road games.
All broadcasts begin 15 minutes before first pitch with the “On Deck Show.