LSU golfer Sam Burns will be golfing for the Tigers no more.
The sophomore from Shreveport announced on Twitter late Monday night that he will be turning professional in September. The tweet came shortly after LSU finished ninth in the NCAA championships at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago, narrowly missing a fourth straight trip to the NCAA’s match play quarterfinals.
“Thank you LSU for the past 2 years and memories I will never forget,” Burns tweeted. “It was an honor to represent LSU and (to) be able to play for the best University in the World. I am thankful for Coach (Chuck) Winstead and Coach (Garrett) Runion for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. With that said, I will be foregoing my final 2 years and turning pro in September, but will always be a tiger. Forever LSU!!!”
Burns plans to compete in two major amateur events before turning pro: the U.S. Amateur, Aug. 14-20 at Riviera Country Club, and for the United States in the Walker Cup, Sept. 9-10 at Los Angeles Country Club.
“I don’t know if I can answer,” Burns said when asked by The Shreveport Times how much his time at LSU meant. “It’s two years I’ll never forget. I learned more in those two years than playing golf for 20. Being around those teammates, coaches — they were like family, and I’ll miss them.”
Burns tied for 32nd in the NCAA championships, an off-key final note to what was otherwise a brilliant campaign.
Ranked No. 1 in the country entering the week, Burns had finished in the top 10 in his first 14 starts this season. He won four times, including in the NCAA regional and David Toms Intercollegiate at the University Club. Burns finished the season with a 70.05 stroke average, shattering the school record of 71.16 Brandon Pierce set during his sophomore season of 2014-15.
The top-ranked junior…