Women's Golf Captures Match Play Title
Communications Sr. Associate
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The LSU women’s golf team turned two matches in the final holes to captured the NGCA/Hooter’s Collegiate Match Play Championship with a 3 ½-1 ½ victory in the championship match over the eighth-ranked Auburn Tigers Tuesday at the LPGA International Legends Course.
For the 11th-ranked Lady Tigers, it was their first win in four appearances in the annual event and the first time LSU has won the opening event of their season since the 2004-05 season when LSU won the College of Charleston Cougar Classic.
LSU was on its game from the outset of the championship match after rallying to defeat Florida in the semifinals on Monday afternoon. But so was Auburn, outside of the No. 5 match which sent LSU on the road to the title in a big way.
Tessa Teachman in the fifth match came out strong, winning the first hole they played in her match against Haley Wilson of Auburn (the second) with a par 5, moved to two up with a birdied on the par four fourth and stayed at two up on the fifth, matching a birdie with Wilson. Teachman then went par, par, birdie to win three straight holes to go five up after seven holes. That lead held pretty much until the 14th hole, the 13th of the round, when a par on the par 5 hole made her a 6 and 5 winner, putting LSU up 1-0.
The Baton Rouge sophomore shot one-under on her card at that point in the round.
Auburn would tie the match as Patricia Sanz scored a 2 and 1 decision over Jacqueline Hedwall of LSU.
So it came down to the final three matches and all went to the final hole. Amalie Valle had a four-up lead with seven to play but bogeys on the next two holes by Valle and a birdie on 14 by Auburn’s Carlie Yadloczky put the LSU lead at just 1 up with four to go.
Valle got the lead to 2 up with two to play after a par 5 on 16, assuring her of a tie, but Yadloczky was only able to get one back, posting a birdie on 17. Yadloczky put all the pressure on Valle on the par 4 18th by rolling in a 40-footer for birdie, but Valle answered with her own 10 foot birdie putt to win 1 up and put LSU up 2-1 in the match.
That left things to Mary Michael Maggio in the second match and junior All-American Megan McChrystal in the No. 1 match. The LSU freshman, Maggio, was 2 down after five holes but got the match all square at the turn. A birdie on the par 3 12th hole turned the match in favor of Auburn’s Candace Schepperle and she held that lead until the 17th when Maggio birdied the 17th and 18th holes, the latter on an approach shot that left her five feet, to turn one down into one up and an LSU win in the competition, posting a four-under 68 on her card.
McChrystal’s match with Auburn’s Cydney Clanton couldn’t have been closer or better. Down from the start of the match, McChrystal rallied to make it all square after seven. Clanton took a 1 up lead on the ninth with a birdie on the par five and the pair match pars for the next seven holes.
McChrystal birdied the 17th after her approach shot left her two feet for the three to get the match all square and that’s how they finished after both parred hole 18.
“It was really a great day of women’s golf because both teams played so well,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “It was really back and forth. I am so proud of this team. They have so much heart and they just never want to give up. They believe in themselves right to the end. We had some great shots in key situations all throughout the round. It’s a great win for our team against a very strong Auburn team.”
In all, if this had been medal play based on scores posted, LSU’s four counting scores would have turned in nine-under par.
LSU will now come home for a couple of weeks before taking part in the Mason Rudolph Championships hosted by Vanderbilt in Franklin, Tenn., scheduled for Sept. 25-27.
Championship Match results
LSU 3 ½, Auburn 1 ½
No. 1 Megan McChrystal (LSU) vs. Cydney Clanton (Auburn), all square
No. 2 Mary Michael Maggio (LSU) d. Candace Schepperle (Auburn), 1 up
No. 3 Patricia Sanz (Auburn) d. Jacqueline Hedwall (LSU), 2 and 1
No. 4 Amalie Valle (LSU) d. Carlie Yadloczky (Auburn), 1 up
No. 5 Tessa Teachman (LSU) d. Haley Wilson (Auburn), 6 and 5