LSU advances to match play, but falls to Oregon

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, June 1, 2016

LSU’s golf team made it through stroke play and qualified for match play in the NCAA tournament, which began Friday in Eugene, Ore., but lost in the quarters to Oregon.
The Tigers needed to come in the top 15 of the 30-team event over the first three rounds. LSU did that with no problem, finishing fourth with an 11-over 851 combined team score for the opening three rounds.
Brandon Pierce had a 73 and 76 in the first two rounds, but came back strong in the final round of the first 54 holes with a 69 to finish with a 218, which was 8-over.
He tied five others for 67th place in a field of 156 golfers.
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 advanced to Monday’s round, as the teams played another round of stroke play. The top eight moved on to match play. LSU moved up one spot in the round of 15 and finished third with 16-over for the first 72 holes.
Pierce was strong once again on Monday, carding another 69 and tying for 26th place over the four rounds.
LSU played Oregon in the quarterfinals, which was the first round of match play, but lost 3-1-1.