LSU teammates do battle in Monday qualifier

LSU senior John Peterson (file photo)

LSU senior John Peterson (file photo)

College teammates are accustomed to competing against each other in qualifying tournaments. Usually spots in their team’s starting lineup, not a PGA Tour event, are at stake.

That wasn’t the case Monday at LaTour Golf Club in Mathews, La., where LSU teammates Andrew Loupe and John Peterson were among the three participants in a playoff for the final two qualifying spots in the Zurich Classic (Jim Carter, the 2000 Tucson Open champion was the playoff’s third participant).

Loupe, of Baton Rouge, La., and Carter advanced with pars on the first playoff hole after shooting 69 in regulation; David Bradshaw and Rod Pampling shared medalist honors with 68s.

“I’m very excited to play,” said Loupe, a former Lousiana Amateur and Junior champion. “I think LSU’s a pretty special place, and I think a good bit of people will come out and support me.”

Loupe and Peterson, both seniors, were roommates for their first three years at LSU; they were recently named all-SEC first-team selections.

The Monday qualifier was the second lost playoff for Peterson in the past eight days. He lost an individual playoff to Florida’s Andres Echavarria at the SEC Championship April 17. Loupe finished sixth, three shots out of the playoff.

Loupe is No. 19 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Peterson is ranked 22nd. A Zurich berth would’ve been a boost to Peterson’s Walker Cup candidacy. He was not among the 16 players invited to a Walker Cup practice session earlier this year, but won the Jones Cup, one of the country’s top amateur events, to enter the conversation for one of the 10 spots on the team.

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