Lee and Keoninh's Third Round Scores Help Tigers Come Back to Finish Fifth at Louisiana Classics
March 9, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Steve Lee shot a three-under-par 69 and Lexus Keoninh shot his best round of the season after turning in a one-under-par 71 on Tuesday morning to help the Tigers finish in fifth place at the 25th-annual Louisiana Classics at the Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.
The Tigers concluded the tournament with a three-round score of 882 (289-304-289). Memphis came into the second day of play at Oakbourne in a tie for 11th place with the University of New Orleans. Memphis' fifth-place finish is their second-best during the 2009-10 season. The Tigers' best tournament showing so far this year has been at The Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Miss., where they finished in a tie for second place.
Lee's 69 was one stroke shy of his career-best 68 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate. The native of Hendersonville, Tenn., ended the two-day tournament in a tie for seventh place. Lee's seventh place finish matches a career best for the freshman. He also concluded the Memphis Intercollegiate tournament in a tie for seventh place. Lee finished with a three-round score of 216 (73-74-69).
Keoninh fired the second best round of any Tiger golfer, shooting a career-best 71. Keoninh's previous best was a 72 at both the Golfweek Conference Challenge and the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in the fall. The freshman had a three-round score of 224 (76-77-71) and finished in a tie for 40th place.
Jack Belote, who shot a 69 in the first round of the Louisiana Classics, was unable to match his performance on his first 18 holes on Monday, shooting a 76 in the second round and a five-over-par 77 on the third day. Belote ended the tournament in a tie for 28th place, the second-best finish for the Tigers in the individual competition.
Jonathan Fly fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday to finish the tournament with an overall score of 223 (72-79-72). Fly concluded the Louisiana Classics in a tie for 35th place. Jeff Hall turned in a third round score of 77 to end the tournament with a three-round score of 229 (75-77-77). Hall concluded the tournament tied for 59th place.
LSU picked up the team win at Oakbourne Country Club on Tuesday. The LSU Tigers' second round score of 277, the team low score for the tournament, helped the Bayou Bengals take home the trophy. Illinois finished in second in the field. Tulsa ended Tuesday in third place and Southeastern Louisiana ended the tournament in fourth place.
LSU's Andrew Loupe won the individual competition, shooting back-to-back five-under-par 67's to finish with a three-round score of 208 (74-67-67). Illinois' Scott Langley concluded the tournament one stroke back from Loupe with a three-round tally of 209 (68-68-73).
Memphis will return to the course for The Desert Shootout hosted the University of Denver from March 18-20 in Goodyear, Ariz.