LSU’s men’s golf team capitalized on three top-12 finishes en route to a third-place finish at the Mossy Oak Collegiate Invitational, which is its final regular-season tournament for the 2021-22 season.

LSU tied for third with Mississippi State and ultimately lost to No. 16 Auburn. Vanderbilt was the one who lifted the team’s trophy and also fielded the winning golfer, Gordon Sargent.

Nicholas Arcement finished best of all golfers with ninth place, while Michael Sanders and Cohen Trolio tied for 12th. Garrett Barber tied for 37th and Drew Doyle tied for 41st.

Notably, Arcement moved up 42 spots in the second round with a five-under 67, putting him tied for 13th before the start of the third round. That effort led him to his third top 10 of the year, as he led all LSU golfers that game.

In contrast, West Point, Mississippi native Trolio underperformed. Mossy Oak is his home course, where he previously won the Mississippi Amateur Tournament in 2021, earning him a rare exemption to play at the PGA Tour stop in Jackson, Mississippi for Sanderson Farms. Trolio started off a little slow with a two for 74, but he completed to clinch a 12th place finish. Nevertheless, he had an advantage here and didn’t take advantage of it.

Additionally, Barber also started with a three-under 69 in the first round and started in fourth place to finish tied for 37th with a four-of-76. Had he kept his pace, LSU could have finished with two of top 10.

While a third-place finish is commendable, Trolio’s inability to capitalize and Arcement’s slow start show LSU’s flaws in this case. If Trolio took advantage of his home ground and Arcement played consistently instead of having a three-for-75 in the first round, LSU might have won.

However, Arcement’s return shows a level of resilience. He got out of a hole and put himself in a good position despite a difficult start. His efforts played a pivotal role in the team’s third-place finish.

All in all, three top-12 finishes is a good result, but this tournament also acts a bit as if, because the team took a while to regain its composure.

Vanderbilt played a clean game overall that put the Commodores well past Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State, but could LSU have challenged that with Trolio taking advantage, Arcement finding his rhythm early and Barber keeping his rhythm?

Once again, the LSU men’s golf team showed their ability, but even a good overall finish shows how much they can improve. LSU is competing in the SEC Championships on Wednesday, April 20 at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia.