The No. 3 LSU men’s golf team will look to compete for its second conference championship in three seasons today at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The championships will take place at the par-70 Sea Island Golf Club, a course that has been the home of the conference championship since 2001.
In the four-day championship, the Tigers, along with the other 14 teams in the conference, will play 54 holes of stroke-play qualifying with two rounds today starting at 6:20 a.m. CST and one round on Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m. CST, cutting the field to eight teams in single-elimination match play to compete for the conference championship.
LSU, a team that finished fifth in the conference championships last year, is led by No. 2-ranked player in the nation in sophomore Sam Burns, senior Brandon Pierce, sophomore Luis Gagne, senior All-American Eric Ricard and freshman Phillip Barbaree.
Beyond LSU potentially securing a second conference championship, the Tigers could also potentially bring home their 17th championship in school history.
This year’s team marks the highest national ranking dating back to 2013. Prior to the conference championships, LSU ranked No. 15 in 2013, No. 21 in 2014, No. 7 in 2015 and No. 5 in 2016.
Other top-10 ranked opponents in the conference championships include No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 6 Florida. The remainder of the teams sit in the top-35 or top-50 in the country.