LSU defends title at Bulls Bay
Tigers get one-shot victory against No. 6 Augusta State
AWENDAW, S.C. – No. 12 LSU defended its crown at the Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay Golf Club in coastal Awendaw, S.C. on Tuesday.
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The Tigers successfully defended the team championship they earned in 2010 with a one-stroke victory in the 2011 edition after firing a 3-under par 849 in 54 holes of competition.
The Jaguars of sixth-ranked Augusta State followed in second at 2-under 850, while No. 11 Auburn and No. 20 Duke tied for third place with matching scores of 3-over par 855.
The victory marked LSU’s third team championship of the 2010-11 season as they have also earned top honors at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 12-13) and the David Toms Intercollegiate (Oct. 18-19) in the fall season. LSU has afinished in the top three in seven of nine tournaments played, which includes a pair of second-place finishes and a pair of third-place finishes.
After opening this year’s Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate with a 3-under 281 in the first round Sunday, the Tigers posted back-to-back even-par 284s to wrap up their latest championship.
“It really was a tug-of-war between two good teams for most of the day today. It was dead even for about the last 12 holes,” said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. “The tournament really wasn’t decided until the final putt went down on the last hole. We’re obviously very pleased with the result.
“The golf course played tough this week. It never got above 38 degrees all day yesterday. We also needed to overcome two rain delays, which made for a long day for everyone. Our guys did a great job of staying focused throughout the event and have proven to be very tough-minded this year. They earned it.”
Tuesday’s final round came down to the final three holes as LSU and Augusta State were in a dead heat heading into the par-4 16th hole with Augusta State holding a one-stroke lead.
That’s when LSU senior Andrew Loupe matched Augusta State’s Mitchell Krywulycz with a birdie at the green at No. 16, before fellow Tiger senior John Peterson and Jaguar junior Patrick Reed carded matching pars before heading to the par-three 17th hole with Augusta State still clinging to a one-shot lead. Peterson then drained a four-foot birdie putt on the green at No. 17 with Reed three-putting for bogey to turn a one-stroke deficit into a one-stroke advantage for the Tigers.
Loupe fired a 3-under par 68 for the afternoon to finish in a tie for first at 6-under par 207 to force a sudden-death playoff with N.C. State sophomore Mitchell Sutton for the individual crown. The duo returned to the 18th tee for the first playoff hole, where Sutton made par and Loupe made bogey on the par-4 hole to determine the individual champion at The Hootie.
With his performance, Loupe earned his team-leading third top-five finish of the year, along with his fourth top-10 finish in eight tournaments.
Peterson earned a top-10 finish of his own as his 1-over 72 on Tuesday propelled him into a seventh-place tie at 2-under 211 for the championship. Peterson now leads LSU with five top-10 finishes in eight tournaments.