LSU golfers set mark, place second in SEC tourney

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The 22nd-ranked LSU Tigers lit up the par-70 Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in Sunday’s final round with a school-record round of 17-under par 263 to catapult themselves into second place in the final team standings at the Southeastern Conference men’s golf championships for their best team finish in the event in 25 years.

With senior Smylie Kaufman leading the way once again with a brilliant 6-under par 64, the Tigers smashed their previous school-record by four shots and a 54-hole tournament score of 18-under par 822 to follow only the No. 1-ranked Alabama.

Alabama entered the weekend as the consensus No. 1-ranked team in the country and stormed to its third-straight SEC Championship with a tournament-record score of 34-under par 806, including its 12-under 268 in the final round.

Auburn finished in third place at 11-under par 829, while Georgia was fourth at 7-under par 833 and South Carolina placed fifth at 2-under par 838 to round out the top five of the team standings.

“Obviously it was a great round by our team today,” said LSU coach Chuck Winstead. “All five guys played very well. You’ve got to have that type of production throughout the lineup to be successful at this point in the season. It is great to see us continue to improve and build momentum with our play this weekend at Sea Island.”

Kaufman finished seven shots back of Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt as the Crimson Tide All-American wrapped up medalist honors with a 4-under 66 in the final round for a championship record of 18-under par 192.

Team scores (Par 840)

1. Alabama, 272-266-268 — 806 -34; 2. LSU, 284-275-263 — 822 -18; 3. Auburn, 274-281-274 — 829 -11; 4. Georgia, 277-284-272 — 833 -7; 5. South Carolina, 277-278-283 — 838 -2; T6. Arkansas, 280-287-275 — 842 +2; T6. Missouri, 288-280-274 — 842 +2; 8. Kentucky, 287-284-273 — 844 +4; T9. Mississippi State, 287-281-281 — 849 +9; T9. Texas A&M, 288-286-275 — 849 +9; 11. Vanderbilt, 288-288-276 — 852 +12; T12. Florida, 292-281-286 — 859 +19; T12. Tennessee, 289-290-280 — 859 +19; 14. Ole Miss, 292-293-290 — 875 +35.

Top 10 individuals (Par 210)

1. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, 65-61-66 — 192 -18; 2. Smylie Kaufman, LSU, 67-68-64 — 199 -11; 3. Robby Shelton, Alabama, 67-67-66 — 200 -10; 4. Chad Ramey, Mississippi State, 70-70-64 — 204 -6; T5. David Snyder, Kentucky, 69-71-65 — 205 -5; T5. Greg Yates, Texas A&M, 72-67-66 — 205 -5; T5. Niclas Carlsson, Auburn, 67-69-69 — 205 -5; T5. Will Murphy, South Carolina, 66-68-71 — 205 -5; T9. Emilio Cuartero, Missouri, 71-68-67 — 206 -4; T9. Cory Whitsett, Alabama, 68-71-67 — 206 -4.

LSU scores

2. Smylie Kaufman, 67-68-64 — 199 -11; T13. Ben Taylor, 72-69-67 — 208 -2; T13. Curtis Thompson, 73-68-67 — 208 -2; T21. Stewart Jolly, 72-70-68 — 210 E; T36. Zach Wright, 76-74-65 — 215 +5.