Guthrie Tied for Fifth after Day One of Louisiana Classics
March 5, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. - Senior Luke Guthrie carded a pair of eagles on Monday at the Louisiana Classics and is tied for fifth at 4-under (140) following rounds of 69 and 71 at the Oakbourne Country Club. Junior Mason Jacobs also ended the day in red numbers and sits tied for 16th at 2-under (142) after scores of 70 and 72. Illinois' three other golfers finished the day over-par, as the Illini are tied for 12th at 8-over (584) after an opening round of 287 (-1) and a 297 (+9) in the afternoon.
"This is not what I expected," head coach Mike Small said. "We played alright in the morning, but in the afternoon it all went south on us. It was disappointing how we let it get away from us and couldn't stop it. We are going to play Illinois golf tomorrow and make some improvements to climb our way back up the leaderboard."
Guthrie, who finished second at the event a year ago, recorded a pair of under-par rounds despite bogeying his first two holes of the tournament. The Quincy, Ill., native has shot even-par or better for 11 consecutive rounds dating back to the fall season. His eagles came on the par-5 11th in the first round and on the par-5 seventh during round two.
"Luke stayed in the game and controlled his part," Small said. "He wasn't making all the putts he wanted, but he didn't get frustrated and held his head above water so that was a positive."
Sophomore Thomas Pieters is tied for 64th at 6-over (150) after rounds of 74 and 76 while sophomore Jonathan Hauter is tied for 73rd at 8-over (152) after scores of 74 and 78. Freshman Brian Campbell had rounds of 77 and 78 and is tied for 83rd at 11-over (155) while freshman Alex Burge competed as an individual and fired an even-par 72 after opening with a 78 to sit tied for 64th at 6-over.
"The game controlled us today, and we didn't control the game," Small said. "We can't shoot these scores and expect to compete. Each person had a different reason they shot a high score, so they will need to address those issues tomorrow and come back and fight."
No. 14 LSU leads the 15-team field by four strokes at 14-under (562) and was paced by the top two individuals overall in current leader Andrew Presley (-8) and Sang Yi (-6).
The final round will tee off on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. CT with a shotgun start. Live scoring will be available on golfstat.com while full results and a recap of the tournament can be found on fightingillini.com.
Louisiana Classics Results after 36 Holes