LSU wins spring opener at The Prestige; Jared du Toit grabs 1st victory at Arizona State

Tracy Wilcox

LSU wins spring opener at The Prestige; Jared du Toit grabs 1st victory at Arizona State

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LSU wins spring opener at The Prestige; Jared du Toit grabs 1st victory at Arizona State

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A final-round charge from Pepperdine wasn’t enough to stop LSU from finishing on top, as the Tigers secured a spring-opening win at The Prestige.

A three-day total of even par at PGA West’s Greg Norman Course earned No. 3 LSU a four-shot victory in La Qunita, Calif. The team started the final round of The Prestige with a one-shot lead over No. 10 Stanford but the biggest opponent on Wednesday quickly became the Waves. Pepperdine, starting the day eight back, surged into the lead early in the final round and it appeared it might come back for the win.

LSU, though, proved too tough. The Tigers regained control on the back nine and cruised from there for the comfortable margin in the end. The victory is the third of LSU’s 2016-17 season and also marks a successful defense of this event.

Sam Burns, a sophomore who has brought heat for LSU as he’s emerged as a contender for the Haskins Award Presented by Stifel, led the way for the Tigers with a closing 4-under 67 to finish solo second at 5 under. Luis Gagne came in at T-14 at even par, with Eric Ricard (T-26, 5 over), Philip Barbaree (T-32, 7 over) and Nathan Jeansonne (T-52, 12 over) rounding out the Tigers’ lineup. Barbaree, who came to LSU a semester early, actually made his college debut this week.

The individual title at The Prestige went to one of the hottest players in college golf. Jared du Toit backed up a playoff loss two weeks ago at the Amer Ari Invitational with a four-shot victory in California. Du Toit fired consecutive 67s to start and held firm with three birdies in the middle of the final round for a 9-under total and a comfortable win.

The Sun Devils senior, ranked 20th in the country prior to this event, earned three wins in two years at Idaho before transferring to Arizona State, but this is his first individual title as a Sun Devil. Overall, du Toit’s record in Arizona State’s last five events reads T-4, T-7, T-6, T-2, 1.

His 27th-ranked squad finished solo eighth for the week at 13 over, as du Toit was the only Arizona State finisher in the top 25.

Pepperdine’s squad was led be Clay Feagler, who posted at 3 under for a tie for sixth. Sahith Theegala, fresh off an eye-opening PGA Tour start at the Genesis Open, posted a T-18 at 1 over alongside teammate Joshua McCarthy.

Oklahoma, ranked 11th, placed third at 6 over with Quade Cummins (T-3, 4 under) and Max McGreevy (T-9, 2 under) leading the way. Two top-10 teams in No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 10 Stanford tied for fourth at 9 over.

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