LSU golfer second in Rice Planters Amateur

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. -- Senior Andrew Lanahan opened play with an even-par 72 in the first round and followed with a 3-under 69 in the second and 6-under 66 in the third to finish in second place Saturday in the 33rd-annual Rice Planters Amateur Championship at Snee Farm Country Club.

The Rice Planters is considered one of the top 10 amateur tournaments in the country according to Golfweek. With the final round cancelled due to heavy thunderstorms, the players' 54-hole score was used to determine the championship.

Lanahan finished one stroke behind tournament champion Tristan Lambert of Sydney, Australia with a three-day total of 9-under 207. Lambert carded a 1-under 71 in the first round and fired identical rounds of 69 and 66 in the final two rounds for a winning total of 10-under 206.

"We actually played nine holes (in the final round) and I was doing really well," Lanahan said. "I made some birdies to start my round and the guy ahead of me wasn't playing as well. I definitely had a shot to win. It's unfortunate that we weren't able to finish, but that's life."

Lanahan said he was pleased with his performance in the second and third rounds after struggling with his short game in the tournament's opening round.

"I just tried to remain patient after the first round," Lanahan said. "That was a really boring round because I struggled a little bit with my putter. I knew it was just a matter of time before the putts started falling. I really got the short game going in the second and third rounds and finished strong."

Lanahan, who finished in third place at the 38th-annual Spirit of America Golf Classic in Decatur, Ala., last week, is pleased with the success he has found after being forced to sit out the 2004-05 season with a torn rotator cuff.

"It's a big confidence builder to do well in back-to-back weeks," Lanahan said. "The work I have put in to rehabbing my shoulder has really paid off. It was the right decision for me to redshirt and not rush myself back into action. This shows that determination can go a long way."

Junior Chris Wells also competed in the tournament and finished in a tie for 11th place. Wells sat in a tie for third place after the second round by firing scores of 68 and 71, but could only manage an even-par 72 in the third round to finish with a 5-under 211.

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