FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - LSU freshman Madelene Sagstrom moved into serious contention for the Southeastern Conference women's championship on another high-scoring afternoon for the 12 teams as she posted a 1-over 73 Saturday to follow her Friday even par round at the Blessings Golf Course.
Sagstrom, who birdied the final three holes (16-18) on Friday to go from 3-over to even par, played her final 10 holes (2-11) in 2-under par. That rallied the native of Sweden from a three-hole stretch when she went four-over on 17, 18 and hole 1 that left her 3-over for the round and the tournament.
Sagstrom is just three shots off the pace of Auburn's Patricia Sanz who followed an opening 69 with a 1-over 73 to stand at 2-under 142. She has a one shot lead over Marina Alex of Vanderbilt, who also shot 73 Saturday and is at 1-under 143. Sagstrom is tied for third with Emma Lavy of Arkansas (73-72) at 145 and its three-shot back to fifth-place Emily Tubert of Arkansas at 148.
Because of LSU's placement in the standings and the setup of the Blessings Club, the Lady Tigers started the round on the 12th hole. The course plays to par 35 on the back nine with three par threes and 37 on the front with three par fives.
The Blessings is proving to be one of the toughest courses to host an SEC Championship in recent times as no team other than leader Alabama and host Arkansas posted a score better than 17-over par on Saturday.
Only two teams had scores lower than 17-over par and those two schools, moved into the top positions on the team leader board. Auburn moved to the lead following Friday's 18-over round with a 9-over 297 to stand at 27-over par 603. The other big move came from the host Razorbacks who were at 7-over 295 and now stands just one shot behind Auburn at 604. First round leader Alabama struggled to a second-day total of 24-over par and now is at 33-over 609.
LSU improved one shot to 21-over par 309 and stands at 43-over par 619, allowing the Lady Tigers to move up one shot to sixth place going into Sunday's final round.
LSU will tee off Sunday in the first wave of the final round with Georgia and Florida at 8 a.m. off the first tee. Live scoring can be found at LSUsports.net through Golfstatresults.com.
SEC Women's Championships
Second Round Team Results (Par 288-576)
1 Auburn 306-297 - 603 +27; 2. Arkansas 309-295 - 604 +28; 3. Alabama 297-312 - 609 +33; 4. Florida 307-305 - 612 +36; 5. Georgia 308-306 - 614 +38; 7. LSU 310-309 - 619 +43; 7. South Carolina 315-308 - 623 +47; 8. Kentucky 317-307 - 624 +48; 8. Ole Miss 309-315 - 624 +48; 10. Vanderbilt 318-307 - 625 +49; 11. Tennessee 320-309 - 629 +53; 12. Mississippi State 315-326 - 641 +65.
Individual Top 5 (Par 72-144)
1 Patricia Sanz, Auburn, 69-73 - 142 -2; 2. Marina Alex, Vanderbilt 70-73 - 143 -1; T3. Emma Lavy, Arkansas, 73-72 -145 +1; 3. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 72-73 - 145 +1; 5. Emily Tubert, Arkansas, 78-70 - 148 +4.