BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The second round of the SEC Women’s Golf Championship for the LSU Lady Tigers may have been summed up in two shots on the 15th hole late on Saturday afternoon at Founders Course of the Greystone Country Club.
Ali Lucas of LSU punched her approach shot on the 522-yard par 5 right near the flag and watched as the ball hit and bounced in a 90-degree angle some 10 yards off the green forcing her into a situation that ended up as a bogey.
Lindsay Gahm followed her and had a long birdie putt on the same hole that would have sped several feet by except it hit the cup hard, bounced up briefly, and dropped in for the 4. It was a break that seemed few and far between for LSU on the second day of the three-day championships.
Although the weather greatly improved, the average score remained almost the same for the event going from 78.59 to 78.44. After the par 3 fourth was the toughest hole on the course Friday, the par 4 third gave the players the most trouble at 0.81 in relation to par.
That was a hole that LSU struggled on early posting three double bogeys and a bogey for the four counting scores.
The Lady Tigers would finish the day with a 23-over par 311 to stand in a tie for fourth with Kentucky at 38-over par 614 (303-311). Alabama took over the lead from LSU as the defending national champs and this year’s No. 2 team in the Golfstat rankings posted by far the best round of the first two days at 5-over 293 to stand at 21-over par 597.
“It was just one of those days when they didn’t get it in the hole,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “Did they try? Absolutely. It just wasn’t a very good day. The wind was swirling and it seemed every club we picked was the wrong one. I hate to say that, but it was one of those days that no matter how hard we tried to think it through and do it the right way, it was just not it.
“We can’t let (Saturday) define us,” Bahnsen, the dean of SEC coaches continued. “I told them to put it behind us and get over it. What are we going to do (Sunday)? We are going to go out and play a good round. Build for that; don’t let this beat you up. It’s one round in the life of things. It was not good. But we can’t let that define us and I refuse to let it. We are going to keep fighting for it.”
Mississippi State, not ranked in the top 50 in Golfstat, has suddenly bolted themselves into championship contention with a 15-over second round of 303 to stand 12 shots behind Alabama at 33-over 609 (306-303). Georgia stayed in third place after a 17-over 305 and is at 35-over 611 (306-305). Kentucky tied LSU with a second day 20-over 308 and has rounds of 306-308 for their 614 score. South Carolina is sixth at 615.
Alabama has the top two individuals as well in the individual competition as Stephanie Meadow fired a 3-under par 69 and is even par 144 after 36 holes (75-69), while Jennifer Kirby is second at 2-over 146 (75-71).
Gahm is LSU’s top on the leaderboard in a tie for 13th place at 8-over 152 after a 6-over 78 Saturday (74-78). Elisa Bradley had the low round of the day for LSU at 2-over 74 and is at 10-over 154 (80-74) in a tie for 18th place, moving up some 29 places on the leaderboard.
Bradley, a freshman from Mandeville, fought for every shot, recovering from doubles on the third and 15th holes with four birdies including coming in on the par 3 17th and the par 5 18th holes.
Nadine Dreher had a 76 on Saturday, which included a birdie on the second hole after her tee shot ended up on the cart part and rolled forward to allow an easy approach, and is at 155 (tie 21st, up 20 places) after two days while Madelene Sagstrom posted 83 and Lucas 84.
The final round is set to begin at 8 a.m. and for the first time in recent memory will be played in twosomes with LSU and South Carolina going off No. 1 at 8:45 a.m. Follow updates on the round on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUwomensgolf and on Twitter @LSUWomensgolf. Live scoring of the final round can be found at LSUsports.net through Golfstatresults.com and the SECDigitalNetwork.com.
SEC Women’s Golf Championships
Founders Course – Greystone Country Club
Second Round Team Results (Par 288-576)
1. Alabama (304-293 = 597) +21
2. Mississippi State (306-303 = 609) +33
3. Georgia (306-305 = 611) +35
T4. Kentucky (306-308 = 614) +38
T4. LSU (303-311 = 614) +38
6. South Carolina (306-309 = 615) +39
7. Vanderbilt (309-309 = 618) +42
T8. Arkansas (313-308 = 621) +45
T8. Tennessee (312-309 = 621) +45
T10. Texas A&M (318-309 = 627) +51
T10. Auburn (321 -306 = 627) +51
T12. Missouri (312-321 = 633) +57
T12. Florida (315-318 = 633) +57
14. Ole Miss (317-321 = 638) +62
1. Stephanie Meadow, UA 75-69 = 144 E
2. Jennifer Kirby, UA 75-71 = 146 +2
3. Ally McDonald, MS 77-70 = 147 +3
4. Kendall Martindale, VU 75-73 = 148 +4
T5. Liz Breed, UK 76-73 = 149 +5
T5. Sarah Harris, UK 73-76 = 149 +5
T7. Justine Dreher, SC 74-76 = 150 +6
T7. Mary Gallagher, MS 75-75 = 150 +6
T7. Emily Tubert, AR 76-74 = 150 +6
T10. Victoria Trapani, AU 78-73 = 151 +7
T10. Amira Alexander, UG 78-73 = 151 +7
T10. Stani Schiavone, UM 73-78 = 151 +7