BATON ROUGE, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana men’s golf team appears to be finding its stroke at the right time.
The Lions had their second straight second-place finish, tying No. 27 Arkansas at 21-over-par 597 at the LSU Tiger Classic Thursday at the University Club.
Southeastern led fourth-ranked LSU by two strokes after a first-round 5-over 293 before the Tigers rallied with a 1-under 287 in the afternoon to finish at 6-over 582. No. 18 Texas A&M was fourth at 26-over 602. McNeese took fifth at 37-over 613 and was followed by New Orleans (658, +82) and Centenary (718, +142).
The Lions, who took second at the rain-shortened Jim West Intercollegiate on Tuesday, will next head to the Southland Conference Championships, scheduled for April 24-26 at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas.
“It’s been a good day of golf for Southeastern, for sure,” Southeastern head coach Jake Narro said. “And more momentum heading toward conference. We accomplished our goal today.”
Senior James Anstiss had his second-straight top-10 finish, coming in sixth at even-par 144. Anstiss had eight birdies overall in shooting a 2-under 70 for a tie for third in the morning and a 2-over 74 in the afternoon.
Sophomore William Meyers had the best finish of his career, taking seventh at 1-over 145. Meyers shot a 2-under 70 in the second round after opening with a 3-over 75. He had seven birdies and 23 pars over the two rounds.
Senior Gustavo Leon finished in a three-way tie for 15th, his highest finish of 2016-17, with a 9-over 153. Leon had a 1-over 73 in the first round before shooting an 8-over 80 in the second. His day included five birdies and 22 pars.
Senior Paul Obermann also had five birdies on his way to an 11-over 155. Obermann shot rounds of 3-over 75 and 8-over 80 in tying Texas A&M’s Josh Gliege for 21st.
Sophomore Joris Etlin was in a three-way tie for 30th at 17-over 161 following rounds of 80 and 81.
Sophomore Bailey Smith, playing as an individual, was 36th at 28-over 172 with rounds of 88 and 84.
LSU’s Nathan Jeansonne took a three-shot win over teammate Luis Gagne with a 9-over 135.
LSU Tiger Classic
At University Club
1. LSU 295-287=582 +6
T2. Southeastern La. 293-304=597 +21
T2. Arkansas 299-298=597 +21
4. Texas A&M 303-299=602 +26
5. McNeese 306-307=613 +37
6. New Orleans 326-332=658 +82
7. Centenary 354-364=718 +142
1. Nathan Jeansonne, LSU 67-68=135 -9
2. Luis Gagne, LSU 72-66=138 -6
3. Cameron Champ, Texas A&M 69-71=140 -4
4. Luis Garze, Arkansas 70-71=141 -3
5. Brandon Pierce, LSU 75-68=143 -1
6. James Anstiss, Southeastern La. 70-74=144 E
7. William Meyers, Southeastern La. 75-70=145 +1
T8. Alvaro Ortis, Arkansas 74-74=148 +4
T8. Sam Burns, LSU 74-74=148 +4
T8. Daniel O’Loughlin, McNeese 76-72=148 +4
6. James Anstiss 70-74=144 E
7. William Meyers 75-70=145 +1
T15. Gustavo Leon 73-80=153 +9
T21. Paul Obermann 75-80=155 +11
T30. Joris Etlin 80-81=161 +17
36. Bailey Smith# 88-84+172 +28
# – Competing as an individual