LSU, Hill win Hootie at Bulls Bay event

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The LSU men’s golf team made four birdies in the final three holes Tuesday to win the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.

The Tigers, No. 28 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, started the final round with a two-shot lead, but lost their advantage on the back nine at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.

With Wake Forest holding the clubhouse lead at 6-under 846, LSU’s Andrew Loupe, Austin Gutgsell and Sang Yi birdied the 438-yard par-4 16th to tie the Demon Deacons. Loupe followed with a birdie on the par-3 17th, and all five Tigers made par at No. 18 to secure a one-shot victory over No. 38 Wake Forest.

It was the third victory of the season for the Tigers, who finished at 7-under 845 after a closing 5-under 279.

Wake Forest’s final-round 276 was highlighted by a bogey-free 63 from sophomore Lee Bedford, who birdied five of his last six holes and moved from T-18 to solo second place at 7-under 206. Senior All-American Brendan Gielow (69) tied for third at 207.


Matt Hill is congratulated by head coach Richard Sykes after winning the 2009 NCAA individual title.

Yi (70) also tied for third and Loupe (69) tied for 10th.

North Carolina State junior Matt Hill, Golfweek’s Player of the Year in 2009, shot rounds of 68-67-69 to finish at 9-under 204 and win the individual medal. It was his first title of the season and his 54-hole total tied a career best.

Hill won seven of the final eight events he played last season, including the NCAA Championship. He has 10 victories in his college career, including the 2008 Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.

Hill is currently ranked No. 78 by Golfweek.

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