LSU wins Prestige Championship, Pierce finishes 6th

Published 7:00 am Friday, February 26, 2016

LSU captured the Prestige in La Quinta, Calif., by 18 strokes on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The Tigers combined to shoot 26 under for the three-day tournament.

LSU entered the final day trailing by five strokes to Arizona State University, but the Tigers saved their best for last and combined to fire a 265, which was 23 strokes better than ASU in the tournament victory.

The Tigers led the tournament after the first day with a 277 and Stanford, which was second, had a 282.

Arizona State, which had a 287 to begin the event, took over the top spot after day two with a 269. LSU posted a 284 on the second day.

Fifteen teams competed and the top four scores for each team in each round are used for scoring.

Individually, Brandon Pierce was sixth in the field of 81.

Pierce was 5-under for the tournament. Pierce was consistent, shooting rounds of 69, 68 and 71 for the 208 total on the Par 71 course.

Pierce’s father, Chavgney Pierce, and his grandparents on his father’s side, Huey Pierce and Martha Pierce, are from Bogalusa. His mother, Rebecca Pierce, was an engineer at the Bogalusa paper mill and taught at Bogalusa High School.

LSU’s Zach Wright captured the tournament with a 12-under 201 for the three rounds. He won the event by two strokes over San Diego State University’s Ryann Ree.

As of Monday, Feb. 22, LSU is 17th in the Golfweek Top 25 and is ranked 18th by Golfstat.

The Tigers are back in action at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from Sunday, Feb. 28 through Tuesday, March 1.