RED STICK – LSU’s men’s golf team will go with a veteran roster for its 2022-23 season-opening tournament that kicks off Sunday in South Bend, Indiana.
The 54-hole Fighting Irish Classic hosted by Notre Dame will be a contest at the Warren Golf Course, which opened in 1999 and is a par-70 Coore Crenshaw design at some 7,023 yards.
Besides LSU and Notre Dame, the land includes California, Colorado, Florida, South Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kent State, Michigan , North Carolina, Utah and Virginia Tech.
The Tigers roster will go with graduate students Garrett Barber and Chris Woollam, senior Connor Gaunt and juniors Nicholas Arcement and Drew Doyle.
Barber, of Stuart, Fla., averaged 71.15 a year ago with four top-five finishes, while in 109 career rounds he averaged 71.83. Woollam, of South Africa, has played 36 career rounds averaging 73.67.
Gaunt hails from Cabot, Arkansas and posted an average of 73.13 shots. In the spring, he won the Arkansas Amateur Championship.
Arcement is a Louisiana product of Thibodaux and won last season for LSU with an average of 71.85. Doyle also had an individual win last season and the Louisville, Kentucky product had two more top five finishes and a 72.33 average.
Reports indicate that Barber is ready for the start of the season as he had a strong qualifying event for the Tigers, posting 16-under for the 54 holes that helped determine that opening lineup.
“Our fall season is off to an early start and we’re excited to get started,” said LSU Golf Director and Men’s Golf Head Coach Chuck Winstead, who is entering his 18th season at LSU. “Our team this year has experience and depth and our lineup for this first event reflects that. I expect all of our guys to compete and earn playing time this fall. And I know that they will strive to do their best.”
The schedule is one that will test the Tigers and get them read for the postseason. Next Sunday (Sept. 11), they will begin their defense of the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate Championship in Choudrant, Louisiana at Squire Creek Country Club. It’s one of two teams the Tigers won a year ago, including the San Diego Classic.
The first two rounds will begin Sunday with a tee shot at 8:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. Baton Rouge time). LSU will play with Kansas and Michigan State through all 36 holes of play. Live scores are available on Golfstat.com.