LSU’s Madelene Sagstrom
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Golf Fourth at Classic; Sagstrom Runner-Up
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Published: March 22, 2014, 08:59 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – The Arkansas Razorbacks have found the trek around the LSU University Club to be one they particularly like as they moved to the lead midway through the second round and held off all challenges in the final round late Saturday to successfully defend their Classic title by eight shots.

Arkansas’ team victory was the third in the last four years in Baton Rouge for the nation’s fourth-ranked team in the latest Golfstat rankings, all in the four years since the tournament returned here in 2011 after the extensive renovations.

LSU was able to move past several teams late in the final round of a long 36-hole day set up by tournament officials Saturday to bring an end to the event before what was on Friday when the decision was made, a heavy chance of rain overnight and early Sunday. Since the tournament moved to the U-Club in 2000, there has never been a round rained out in the event.

The Lady Tigers, ranked 17th in the Golfstat rankings, finished at 41 over par 905 after finishing with its best round of the weekend of 11-over 299 (304-302-299) on the par 72 6,215-yard layout. Arkansas won the event with an 18-over score of 882 (15 shots lower than a year ago) with UCF at 26-over 890. Kentucky finished third at 899 (+35) and LSU was one shot ahead of fifth place Purdue (906) and two shots ahead of Tulane in sixth at +43 over.

ULM finished 15th in the field at 85-over 949 (317-312-320).

It took a renovated U-Club scoring record for 54 holes of 3-under 213 to win the Classic, but three players ended on that number and there was plenty of drama to be played out when the leaders turned back to holes 1, 2 and 3 to conclude their final round.

Gabby Lopez of Arkansas was sporting a 2-shot lead at 4-under for the tournament after birdies on 17 and 18 (her 14th and 15th of the day) with LSU’s Madelene Sagstrom and UCF’s Ashley Holder two shots back.

Lopez, who fired a 71 in the morning and 68 in the afternoon after an opening round 74 on Friday, bogeyed the long par 5 3rd hole to finish at -3, 213. Sagstrom and Holder, playing in the group behind Lopez, had some adventure. Sagstrom birdied the third hole to get to 3-under.

Holder on the other hand, bogeyed the par 4 first hole to go back to -1, but then birdied the second hole (par 4) and the third, the par 5 to also get to -3.

With light beginning to be an issue, the players went to the par 4 10th hole for a playoff. Lopez came out of the greenside bunker and got up and down for par, while Holder also in a greenside bunker couldn’t get up and down for par and took bogey. Sagstrom found herself on the edge of the green in two, but couldn’t get in for par to extend the playoff.

It marked the second straight tournament that an LSU player has been in sudden death after Caroline Nistrup tied for first at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. Sagstrom was trying to win her second tournament of the year after an earlier victory in Norman, Okla., in the fall.

Sagstrom, the junior from Sweden, posts rounds of 72-72-69 for her 213 (-3) total and her eighth top 5 finish of her career.

Also on the double round day, Lindsay Gahm has rounds of 77-75 to finish at 12-over 228 and a tie for 25th position. Ali Lucas (76-78) and Caroline Nistrup (77-77) totaled out for 54 holes at 232 and a tie for 41st at 16-over par. Nadine Dreher had a three-day total of 245 (29-over). Individual participant Carly Ray Goldstein had her best showing as a Lady Tiger with rounds of 73-78 Saturday to finish at 17-over 233 in a tie for 45th. Elise Bradley also had a good day with rounds of 73-76 to finish at 21-over 237.

Defending individual champion Emily Tubert of Arkansas had another good showing finishing in a tie for fifth at 2-over 218 (73-75-70).

ULM was led by Alison Knowles who finished in a tie for eighth place at 5-over 221 (79-71-71), while the Green Wave had two finish in the top 20 – Silvia Garces at +10 226 (79-73-74) in 17th and Madison Opfer at 11-over 227 (76-74-77).

LSU’s final regular season tournament is set for April 4-6 in Dallas at the SMU event at the Dallas Athletic Club. Following that LSU will take part in the annual Southeastern Conference women’s championship Easter Weekend at the Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.

LSU Tiger Golf Classic
Baton Rouge, La. (University Club)

Final Team Results (Par 288-864)
1. Arkansas 302-292-288 – 882 +18; 2. Central Florida 303-299-288 – 890 +26; 3. Kentucky 302-298-299 – 899 +35; 4. LSU 304-302-299 – 905 +41; 5. Purdue 297-305-304 – 906 +42; 6. Tulane 308-299-300 – 907 +43; 7. UTSA 316-297-296 – 909 +45; 8. Baylor 306-298-309 – 913 +49; 9. Denver 318-302-295 – 915 +51; 10. SMU 299-307-311 – 917 +53; 11. Notre Dame 318-306-295 – 919 +55; 12. Missouri 312-315-304 – 931 +67; 13. TCU 323-312-297 – 932 +68; 14. UNCW 315-318-305 – 938 +74; 15. ULM 317-312-320 – 949 +85.

Individual Top 15 (Par 72-216)
1. Gaby Lopez, Arkansas, 74-71-68 – 213 -3 (wins playoff on first hole of sudden death); 2. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 72-72-69 – 213 -3; 2. Ashley Holder, UCF, 73-70-70 – 213 -3; 4. Aurora Kan, Purdue, 71-74-72 – 217 +1; 5. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver, 76-72-70 – 218 +2; 5. Emily Tubert, Arkansas, 73-75-70 – 218 +2; 7. Haley Mills, Kentucky, 73-73-74 – 220 +4; 8. Sanna Nuutinen, TCU, 77-73-71 – 221 +5; 8. Alison Knowles, ULM, 79-71-71 – 221 +5; 8. Elyse Smidinger, Denver, 72-78-71 – 221 +5; 8. Taylor Newlin, UTSA, 79-71-71 – 221 +5; 12. Monifa Sealy, UCF, 77-74-72 – 223 +7; 13. Lori Beth Adams, UNCW, 74-80-70 – 224 +8; 13. Kristina Nhim, Notre Dame, 81-74-69 – 224 +8; 13. Liz Breed, Kentucky, 77-73-74 – 224 +8.

LSU Scores
T2. Madelene Sagstrom 72-72-69 – 213 -3
T25. Lindsay Gahm 76-77-75 – 228 +12
T41. Ali Lucas 78-76-78 – 232 +16
T41. Caroline Nistrup 78-77-77 – 232 +16
T72. Nadine Dreher 84-81-80 – 245 +29

 

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