LSU's Kendall Griffin shot 3-under 69 including a hole-in-one on the 150-yard seventh hole.
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Griffin Lands Ace As Tigers Jump to 7th in East Lansing

Judy Willson
Judy Willson
Communications Associate

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Tuesday in East Lansing got off to a rough start with an almost seven-hour weather delay. But the day turned around quickly for the LSU women’s golf team as sophomore Kendall Griffin tied her career low with a 3-under 69 and an ace on No. 7, a par-3, 150 yards into the setting sun.

“It was a long, but fun day! We got up at 5 a.m. and didn’t leave the course until 9:03 p.m. (ET),” said LSU first-year head coach Garrett Runion. “Certainly not ideal and I was worried our ladies would get tired mentally and physically and they showed up in a big way.”

“Kendall tied her career best in style with a hole-in-one. I think her teammates were more excited for her than she was which was awesome to see.”

LSU also got a steady round from junior Monica Dibildox at 1-under 71 and the Tigers moved up five spots in the standings into a tie for seventh place with Baylor with a team round of 3-over 291. Dibildox is tied for 19th in the individual standings at 3-over 147, while Griffin is tied for 29th at 4-over 148. The pair each have a team-best six rounds of par or lower this season.

LSU tied for the fourth-lowest round of the day and had the biggest jump of the day in the team standings. For the team, 3-under tied for the fifth-lowest round of the season.

Senior Kathleen Gallagher shot 2-over and rookie Alden Wallace 5-over to count towards the team score. Griffin, Gallagher and Wallace combined for four eagles on the back nine, and a fifth overall with Griffin’s ace. Hole No. 13 was the best place for LSU in the round with Griffin and Wallace eagling the par 5, 463 yards and Dibildox and Gallagher hitting birdies and freshman Presley Baggett making par.

“Making two eagles in a round is rare,” continued Runion. “We had two players make two today and five overall as a team. That was incredible and exactly what we needed. It has put us in a position to go out and play well tomorrow and have a chance to qualify for the national championship.”

The deciding round on Wednesday at Forest Akers West Golf Course will start at 7:03 a.m. CT for LSU from No. 1. LSU will be paired with Baylor and host Michigan State. LSU is currently three strokes out of fifth place. The top six teams advance to the NCAA National Championship, May 17-22 at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.

 

2019 NCAA East Lansing Regional Team Standings (After Round 2)

1. #12 Kent State – 282-291 – 573 -3

2. #5 Arizona – 290-284 – 574 -2

3. #14 UCLA – 296-285 – 581 +5

4. #4 Stanford – 298-290 – 588 +12

5. Indiana – 293-299 – 592 +16

5. #28 Illinois – 292-300 – 592 +16

7. LSU – 304-291 – 595 +19

7. #32 Baylor – 298-297 – 595 +19

9. #20 Michigan State – 293-303 – 596 +20

10. #45 Augusta – 302-297 – 599 +23

11. #21 Campbell – 294-308 – 602 +26

11. Xavier – 299-303 – 602 +26

13. #39 Georgia – 306-299 – 605 +29

14. #41 Louisville – 305-304 – 609 +33

15. #33 North Carolina – 306-305 – 611 +35

16. Harvard – 309-307 – 616 +40

17. Long Beach State – 307-319 – 626 +50

18. IUPUI – 316-318 – 634 +58

 

LSU Individual Scores (After Round 2)

T19. Monica Dibildox – 76-71 – 147 +3

T29. Kendall Griffin – 79-69 – 148 +4

T46. Kathleen Gallagher – 78-74 – 152 +8

T58. Alden Wallace – 76-77 – 153 +9

T69. Presley Baggett – 74-81 – 155 +11

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