Three former LSU Tigers commit to 2016 Zurich Classic

Three former LSU Tigers commit to 2016 Zurich Classic

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - Former LSU Tigers Smylie Kaufman, David Toms and Andrew Loupe will play the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament.

John Peterson, the fourth former LSU Tiger on the PGA TOUR, is not playing  this season as he recovers from wrist surgery.

Kaufman won the second tournament of his rookie PGA TOUR season in October at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he shot a final round of 61, punching his ticket for this week's Masters. He came from seven strokes behind on the last round of the tournament and had to wait two and a half hours before the final group holed out.

The week before his victory, he tied for 10th in the Open in the very first tournament of his rookie season. He has also finished tied for eighth in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac  Championship.

Currently he ranks ninth in FedExCup points and 10th in money winnings this season. He also stands 49th in the Official World Golf Rankings, which alone would have qualified him for the Masters.

At LSU, he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll team each year between 2011-14. A native and resident of Birmingham, AL, we won the 2011 Alabama State Amateur Championship.

Loupe is enjoying a solid season on the PGA TOUR this year with a tie for third in the CareerBuilder Challenge and a tie for 10th in both the Open and the Sanderson Farms Championship. He also tied for 14th in the Honda Classic earlier this year.

He currently ranks 59th in FedExCup points and 58th in money winnings on the PGA TOUR this season. His best finish at the ZurichClassic was a tie for 52nd in 2014.

Loupe was a two-time first team All-SEC selection and Honorable Mention All-American during his LSU career.

Toms won the New Orleans tournament in 2001, the same year he went on to win the PGA Championship. A native of Monroe, LA, Toms has won 13 PGA TOUR titles and more than $41.5 million in his career, good for eighth on the all-time list. He was a first-team All-American and SEC Player of the Year at LSU.

His best finish this season has been a tie for second in the Sanderson Farms Championship, where he also finished ninth in 2014. He tied for 15th in the 2014 Zurich Classic and finished 69th in last year's event.

He owns a golf course design business and is the founder of the David Toms Foundation, which raised more than $1.5 million for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Two years ago he launched the David Toms Academy 265, a 60 acre state-of-the-art golf practice facility and youth academy in the heart of Shreveport, LA. The David Toms Academy includes a 9-hole par 3 course; an 18-acre driving range; eight putting and chipping greens and three regulation holes, par 3, 4, and 5.  The complex also includes a full service clubhouse, three indoor hitting bays, the latest video equipment and teaching technology, a fitness center, indoor putting studio, professional club fitting and the Humana Youth Achievement Center.

The tournament will be played April 25-May 1, 2016 at TPC Louisiana in Westwego. Purse for 2016 totals $7.0 million, with the winner taking home $1,260,000.

Single-day grounds tickets are only $25 each, weekly passes are $75 and choices of suite and specialty venue options are available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at

Information provided by Fore!Kids Foundation.

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