Lady Tigers Take 3-Shot Lead at LSU Tiger Classic
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE – On a cool, windy day, the patience of the nationally-ranked LSU women’s golf team to understand the tricks of their home University Club paid dividends as the Lady Tigers moved to the lead in the final holes of round one Friday to post a three-shot advantage going into Saturday’s second round.
The sixth-ranked Lady Tigers posted a round of 9-over 297 on a day when the average score in the 89-player field was 79.16 to hold a 3-shot advantage over TCU (300) and five over No. 26 Tulane (302). Denver (No. 47 in Golfstat), which had the lead or a share of the lead for a portion of the round, turned to the final nine holes at +2 but was +15 by day’s end and is in fourth at 303.
It will be LSU, TCU and Tulane in the day’s final leaders wave on Saturday that tees off on the par 72 layout of the University Club at 10:10 a.m. There will be three waves off each of the first and 10 holes and those will begin at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free.
“The conditions were beautiful but it was very windy today,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen at the conclusion of the round. “There were crosswinds which made things even harder. It definitely played tough out there. But as a team I thought our girls really fought through it. At times it can get to you. It was that type of wind. It was very difficult. Our teams didn’t play the par 5s particularly well (Friday), but what I’m most proud of is the way we finished at the end. We didn’t get frustrated and made some key birdies that really helped us.”
LSU had three key birdies on 17 and 18 that helped the Lady Tigers secure the first-round lead as they look for their first LSU Tiger Golf Classic win since 2005 and their fourth since the tournament moved to the U-Club in 2000.
Kelly McGovern of TCU had two birdies, Hannah Wood of Oklahoma had four birdies in her round and Leslie Choots of North Carolina posted three birdies as the trio shot even par 72 to lead the competition for the individual title after 18 holes. They are followed by a group that includes Chieh Jessica Peng of Mississippi State, Elyse Smidinger of Denver and LSU senior (and two-time runnerup in this event) Madelene Sagstrom in a group tied for fourth at 1-over 73.
Sagstrom birdied the par 4 14th and the par 5 17th to rally from +3 to post 1-over.
The Lady Tigers also got a 74 from Elise Bradley and she is a group tied for seventh along with Alexandra Bonetti of TCU, Rachael Taylor of NC State and Tulane’s Madison Opfer and Emily Penttila. Bradley had 13 pars to lead the team on the opening day.
Carly Ray Goldstein and Carolina Nistrup, LSU’s two sophomore starters, both came home in 3-over 75 (T12) and freshman Claudia De Antonio, playing in the individual competition, posted a 5-over 77 to give the Lady Tigers five golfers posting lower than the tournament stroke average of the first round.
Nistrup was tied for second in the tournament stats with four first-round birdies. LSU had 12 total birdies by its four counting players.
LSU Tiger Golf Classic
Baton Rouge, La. – University Club
First Round Team Results (Par 288)
1. LSU 297 +9; 2. TCU 300 +12; 3. Tulane 302 +14; 4. Denver 303 +15; 5. Miss State 306 +18; 6. UCF 307 +19; 7. Notre Dame 312 +24; 8. North Carolina 312 +24; 9. NC State 314 +26; 10. Oklahoma 315 +27; T11. Colorado 316 +28; T11. Kentucky 316 +28; 13. Wake Forest 317 +29; 14. Missouri 321 +33; 15. UTSA 324 +36; 16. UNCW 327 +37.
Individual Top 25 (Par 72)
T1. Kelly McGovern, TCU; Hannah Wood, Oklahoma; Leslie Cloots, North Carolina 72 E
T4. Chieh Jessica Peng, Miss. State; Elyse Smidinger, Denver; Madelene Sagstrom, LSU 73 +1
T7. Alexandra Bonetti, TCU; Madison Opfer, Tulane; Emily Pennttila, Tulane; Elise Bradley, LSU; Rachael Taylor, NC State 74 +2.
T12. Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, TcU; Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane; Brogan Townend, UTSA: Mary Mulcahy, UCF; Carly Ray Goldstein, LSU; Caroline Nistrup, LSU 75 +3
T18. Rica Tse, Miss. State; Sarah Harris, Kentucky; Ayaka Nakayama, UCF; Haelena Schwemmer, Missouri; Monifa Sealy, UCF; Esther Lee, Colorado; Jessica Carty, Denver; Jessica Dreesbeimedieke, Denver; Allison Emrey, Wake Forest 76 +4
T4. Madelene Sagstrom 73 +1
T7. Elise Bradley 74 +2
T12. Caroline Nistrup 75 +3
T12. Carly Ray Goldstein 75 +3
T27. Claudia De Antonio 77 +5
T48. Sydney Cavin 80 +8
T80. Nadine Dreher 84 +12