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On Thursday, LSU sophomore golfer Sam Burns was named 2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the year presented by Barbasol in conjunction with The Memorial Tournament. Per LSUSports.net:

“This is a special award with it being named after Mr. Nicklaus. He shaped golf into what it is today and has been an inspiration to many young golfers like myself,” Burns said of the award's namesake. “I am thankful for LSU to give me this opportunity to be able to compete and have a chance at awards like these. This wouldn't have been possible without my teammates, and much of the credit is due to them.

“They pushed me to get better and challenged me to always be my best. I wish the best for every single one of them next season and in the years to come, and I will always be rooting on the Tigers.”
Burns recently announced his decision to turn pro following the Walker Cup in August.

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