BURLINGTON, Iowa — The stage was set for a dramatic finish in Tuesday’s final round at the fifth-annual Golfweek Conference Challenge as LSU junior Stewart Jolly rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on his final hole at the par-three seventh to claim a share of the individual championship in the Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
Jolly battled playing partner James Newton of Central Arkansas for medalist honors. They entered the day tied for the lead.
LSU finished fifth in the team division with an 872 total.
Jolly shot a 69 Tuesday for a and three-day total of 6-under par 210, while Newton carded a 70 on the day for a 211 total.
But it was Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent who tied Jolly for medalist honors when he turned a tournament-best 8-under 64.
“I knew I was tied with (James Newton), so I thought if I made birdie I was probably going to win,” Jolly said. “When I made the putt, I thought it was for the win outright. It was exciting when it rolled in. I still knew that there were a bunch of guys still out there on the course, so I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much. I’m still happy to be able to earn that share of the win.”
It marked the second time Jolly, finishing as the co-medalist with teammate Curtis Thompson at the 2012 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate last fall.
LSU freshman Brandon Pierce posted his second-straight 73 on Tuesday’s to finish tied for 34th place at 222.
LSU’s Smylie Kaufman posted 74 in the final round to finish in 56th place at 227.
GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Oklahoma 290-278-289—857 -7. 2. Virginia Tech 292-291-278 —861 -3. 3. Houston 289-292-285—866. 4. New Mexico 290-292-285—867. 5. LSU 300-288-284—872. T6. Iowa 298-291-286—875. T6. Winthrop 295-293-287—875. 8. Central Arkansas 296-292-288—876 . 9. Jacksonville State 293-295-293—881 . 10. Arizona 297-298-297—892. T11. Chattanooga 305-297-293 —895. T11. Florida Gulf Coast 300-296-299—895. 13. Ball State 303-302-291—896. 14. Texas State 310-299-289—898. 15. Louisiana Tech 306-305-300—911.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
T1. Stewart Jolly, LSU, 72-69-69—210 -6. T1. Scott Vincent, Virginia Tech, 73-73-64—210 -6. T3. Alex McMahon, Arizona, 71-71-69—211. T3. James Newton, Cent. Ark., 71-70-70—211. T5. Max McGreevy, Oklahoma, 73-69-71—213. T5. Tyler Merkel, Ball State, 69-72-72 – 213. T7. Charlie Saxon, Oklahoma, 72-72-70—214. T7. James Ross, Houston, 76-69-69—214. T7. Gavin Green, New Mexico, 71-72-71—214. T10. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville St., 73-72-70—215. T10. Pep Angles, Cent. Ark., 78-68-69—215. T10. Beau Titsworth, Oklahoma, 73-68-74 – 215.
T1. Stewart Jolly, 72-69-69—210. T13. Curtis Thompson, 75-70-71—216. T34. Brandon Pierce, 76-73-73—222. 56. Smylie Kaufman, 77-76-74—227. T63. Zach Wright, 83-77-71—231.
Fall schedule announced: The LSU softball team released its fall schedule, which includes a Sept. 30 exhibition contest against 2013 National Pro Fastpitch champion USSSA Florida Pride.
The meeting with the Pride marks the third straight season that LSU will host an NPF team during the fall season.
LSU is accepting $25 season ticket deposits for new ticket holders that will go towards the price of a 2014 season ticket online at www.LSUtix.net. The deadline for $25 deposits is Oct. 31. Information on current season ticket renewals and single-game tickets will be distributed later by the LSU Ticket Office.
FIRST T ryouts HELD: The initial tryout was attended by 11 potential team members on Sunday at Mango’s Beach Club in East Baton Rouge.
“It was a good start,” said LSU coach Fran Flory. “We are excited about the skill level of the group, and we look forward to another good tryout.”
Sand volleyball, LSU’s newest varsity sport, is currently categorized as an “emerging sport” by the NCAA.
When 40 schools field varsity teams, the sport will become fully endorsed by the NCAA and will be classified as a championship sport.