BATON ROUGE -- It was a little like old times as Florida State, a three-time winner of the LSU-Fairwood Invitational from 1987-89, took the first round lead over host LSU Friday in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic at the University Club.
The Seminoles posted three players in the top five individually and posted easily the best score of the day at five-over par 293. Florida State is seven shots ahead of host LSU and Wake Forest at 12-over par 300. Louisville is fourth at 13-over par 301 and then four more teams – Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Central Florida – are tied for fifth at 14-over par.
Laura Crawford of Wake Forest and Whitney Wright of Florida State are tied for the lead at two-under par 70 with senior Rebecca Kuhn of LSU also getting in under par at one-under 71. Kuhn was the runner-up in this tournament as a freshman in 2005. Lauren Doughtie is in fourth at even par 72 for North Carolina State.
Macarena Silva and Caroline Westrup at one-over 73 were the other two Florida State players in the top five individually to make the round for the Seminoles.
The Lady Tigers, 23rd-ranked in the latest Golfstat rankings, counted four-over 76s from senior Alexis Rather and freshman Megan McChrystal and a 77 from junior Caroline Martens. LSU’s second best score was the 75 of Lindy LaBauve as the freshman was playing in the individual competition.
Rather and McChrystal were tied for 23rd ranked with Martens in a group tied for 38th
Wright of Florida State had five birdies in her leading two-under rounds, while Laura Crawford of Wake Forest had the same amount of birdies in her rounds that tied her at two-under.
For the first time in a few tournaments at the U-Club, the wind turned out to be a factor as holes seven, nine and 10 all were into the wind and the tricky 18th home played downwind, bringing the lake easily into play.
“It was much tougher than it has been in recent events here because of the wind,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “There were a couple of holes into the wind that played unbelievably long. I feel like our girls came out a little flat with all the rounds they have played recently. But they hung in there and really worked hard to get through it and get a score posted. We are in a good position and we hope to improve off of this on Saturday. The girls will be ready to go. It’s tough playing at home with the expectations and all your friends watching.”
The second round of the three-day event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday off both the first and 10th tees. The Lady Tigers will play in the final wave beginning at approximately 9:45 a.m. Live scoring for the LSU/Cleveland Classic can be found at LSUsports.net through golfstat.com.
LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic
First Round Team Results (Par 288)
1. Florida State 293 +5; 2. LSU 300 +12; 2. Wake Forest 300 +12; 4. Louisville 301 +13; 5. Alabama 302 +14; 5. Georgia 302 +14; 5. North Carolina 302 +14; 5. Central Florida 302 +14 9. North Carolina State 303 +15; 10. South Carolina 306 +18; 11. Kentucky 308 +20; 12. Charleston 309 +21; 12. Virginia 309 +21; 14. North Carolina Wilmington 313 +25; 15. Mississippi State 315 +27; 16. Mississippi 316 +28; 17. Augusta State 317 +29.
Individual Top 20 (Par 72)
1. Laura Crawford, Wake Forest, 70 -2; 1. Whitney Wright, Florida State, 70 -2; 3. Rebecca Kuhn, LSU, 71 -1; 4. Lauren Doughtie, North Carolina St., 72 E; 5. Benedicte Toumpsin, South Carolina, 73 +1; 5. Macarene Silva, Florida State, 73 +1; 5. Stephanie Connelly, Central Florida, 73 +1; 5. Garrett Phillips, Georgia, 73 +1; 5. May Tomimbang, Central Florida, 73 +1; 5. Caroline Westrup, Florida State, 73 +1; 11. Amanda Henry, Louisville, 74 +2; 11. Laura Anderson, Louisville, 74 +2; 11. Julie Saleeby, North Carolina St., 74 +2; Ann Laney, North Carolina, 74 +2; 15. Lindy LaBauve, LSU, 75 +5; 15. Krystle Caithness, Georgia, 75 +3; 15.Mallory Batson, Mississippi State; 15. Steffi Kirchmayr, Charleston, 75 +3; 15. Beth Felts, Kentucky, 75 +3; 15. Sydney Crane, North Carolina, 75 +3; 15. Rhea Nair, Alabama, 75 +3.
3. Rebecca Kuhn 71 -1
T15. Lindy LaBauve * 75 +3
T23. Alexis Rather 76 +4
T23. Megan McChrystal 76 +4
T38. Caroline Martens 77 +5
T46. Abby Oberthier * 78 +6
T46. Nicole Crochet * 78 +6
T61. Kim Meck * 79 +7
T72. Amalie Valle 81 +9
* competing as an individual