FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - LSU freshman Madelene Sagstrom recorded her third top-five finish of the season, but this was the biggest as she finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference Women's Golf Championships which ended on Sunday at the Blessings Golf Club.
Sagstrom finished the 54-hole event at 7-over par 223 with rounds of 72-73-78 to finish four strokes out of the title eventually won by Patricia Sanz of Auburn at +3 219 (69-73-77).
Sagstrom was in second place about midway through the final round after turning at even par 37 on the first nine holes and 1-over par for the event, but she suffered two double bogeys and two bogeys on the last nine holes to finish with a 6-over 78.
But it was one of the best performances in the tournament by an LSU freshman in recent years and marks the third straight year that LSU has had one of its players finish in the top 10 in the SEC competition, the second straight year a freshman has been in the top 10.
Second place individually was posted by Marina Alex of Vanderbilt at 4-over 220 and Arkansas's Emily Tubert was third at 5-over 221, just ahead of Sagstrom.
Overall, the tournament proved to be one of the highest scoring in years as teams struggled over a difficult layout combined with windy conditions.
LSU as a team finished in a tie for sixth with South Carolina at 73-over par 930. On the final day, LSU counted a 5-over 77 from Tessa Teachman, the 6-over 78 from Sagstrom, a 7-over 79 from Austin Ernst and a 12-over 84 from Jacqueline Hedwall to post a round of 30-over 318.
"it was just a difficult hard golf course for all the girls and all the teams," said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. "It was a tough week. But we know we have lots of golf ahead of us and we will come back and get ourselves ready for the NCAA regionals."
The Auburn Tigers rallied in the final holes to win for the second straight year with a score of 52-over par 916. Ironically, the top four in the end remained the same as Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama and Florida all posted identical four-player counting scores of 25-over 313, the lowest rounds of the final day. Arkansas finished one-shot back at +53 917 with Alabama at +58 922 and Florida at +61 925.
SEC Women's Golf Championship
Final Team Results (Par 288-864)
1 Auburn 306-297-313 - 916 +52; 2. Arkansas 309-295-313 - 917 +53; 3. Alabama 297-312-313 - 922 +58; 4. Florida 307-305-313 - 925 +61; 5. Georgia 308-306-319 - 933 +69; 6. South Carolina 315-308-314 - 937 +73; 6. LSU 310-309-318 - 937 +73; 8. Vanderbilt 318-307-315 - 940 +76; 9. Kentucky 317-307-322 - 946 +82; 10. Mississippi 309-315-326 - 950 +86; 11. Tennessee 320-309-322 - 951 +87; 12. Mississippi State 315-326-333 - 974 +110.
Top 5 Individuals (Par 72-216)
1 Patricia Sanz, Auburn 69-73-77 - 219 +3; 2. Marina Alex, Vanderbilt, 70-73-77 - 220 +4; 3. Emily Tubert, Arkansas, 78-70-73 - 221 +5; 4. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 72-73-78 - 223 +6; 5. Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia, 69-82-75 - 226 +10.