As Alex Price points out, golfers tend to like golf courses that are similar to what they grew up on. That was top of mind on Monday for the LSU super senior as he worked his way around Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri – twice – and made 12 birdies and two eagles in the process.
“I’ve always been comfortable and have loved golf that sets up like this,” he said of an undulating Midwest gem. “It’s what I’m familiar with and it’s where I learned to play. I’m always going to love that, and on top of it, there’s a lot of fun shots and cool holes (at Dalhousie). It’s in great shape, too.”
Price is making his first start with LSU this week at the Golfweek Collegiate Kickoff after playing the past four seasons for Christopher Newport, an NCAA Div. III school in Newport News, Virginia.
Only three of the 12 teams in the Dalhousie field finished all 36 holes on Monday as lightning forced play to be called late in the afternoon. Price made it through 35 holes and at 13 under, leads Missouri’s Jack Lundin by four shots. Price also accounts for a considerable amount of LSU’s 20-under team score. The next-closest team is Stetson at 12 under with Missouri at 7 under.
“A lot of really good things happened,” LSU head coach Chuck Winstead said of opening day. “Alex played great obviously, it was fun to see Connor (Gaunt) play good and Cohen (Trolio) bounce back after his first 18. He came back and played the way he can.”
Price, Gaunt and Trolio are all in the top 10 individually, but it was certainly Price who stole the show.
The veteran newcomer, who tied teammate Luke Haskew for the top spot in LSU qualifying, opened the day at Dalhousie with four birdies and an eagle in his first six holes. On his first nine, Price felt like every shot he tried to hit, he hit. The day progressed nicely from there. He was bogey free for the 17 holes he completed in his second round.
“I’ve been playing a lot better,” Price said. “The last two or three weeks, I haven’t played great but I started to find some feels that feel better and I’ve been hitting it better and better. Came out today feeling good.”
Price, a native of Hillsboro, Virginia, was an intriguing player for many programs upon entering the transfer portal for a fifth year. He left Christopher Newport last spring as one of the most successful players in school history, with staggering numbers to prove…