CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The LSU women's golf team's young lineup played a strong first round Friday at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational, posting a fourth-place total of 6-over par 294 over the UNC Finley Golf Course.
LSU counted no score worse than 3-over on a day when several teams struggled on the back nine that sent some ranked teams to some high numbers.
But for Coach Karen Bahnsen's Lady Tigers, the team made its goal of showing continued improvement and didn't let a bad hole multiply into more as the round went on.
Junior Lindsay Gahm continued her stellar play, posting a 1-under par 71 to stand in a group tied for seventh place after 18 holes. Gahm is four shots out of the lead held by Baylor's Hayley Davis.
Sophomore Madelene Sagstrom made late birdies on the 16th and 18th holes to finish at 2-under 74, the same round posted by junior transfer Ali Lucas, who after an opening double-bogey played even par golf the rest of the round to post her 74. Lucas and Sagstrom are tied for 20th place in the individual competition.
LSU's other counting score was a 3-over 75 from freshman Nadine Dreher.
"This team continues to work extremely hard," LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen said of the day. "Our goal is to improve each day and every tournament we play. (Friday) was a good start."
Virginia was the only team to crack par on the opening day, shooting 2-under 286, while host North Carolina and Baylor are the other teams in front of LSU at even par 288. LSU posted two shots ahead of Duke in fifth, while South Carolina is sixth at 10-over.
The second round of the event is set for Saturday. Live scoring can be found at LSUsports.net through Golfstatresults.com. Follow LSU women's golf on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LSUwomensgolf and on Twitter at @LSUwomensgolf.
Tar Heel Invitational
At Chapel Hill, N.C.
First Round Team Results (Par 288)
1. Virginia 286 -2; 2. North Carolina 288 E; 2. Baylor 288 E; 4. LSU 294 +6; 5. Duke 296 +8; 6. South Carolina 298 +10; 7. Mississippi 299 +11; 8. NC State 300 +12; 9. Arkansas 301 +13; 9. Florida 301 +13; 11. Michigan State 302 +14; 12. Louisville 304 +16; 12. Wake Forest 304 +16; 14. Kentucky 305 +17; 15. UCF 307 +19; 16. Colorado 311 +23; 16. Auburn 311 +23; 18. Michigan 319 +31.
Top 5 Individuals (Par 72)
1. Hayley Davis, Baylor, 67 -5; 2. Brittany Altomare, Virginia, 69 -3; 3. Laetitia Beck, Duke, 70 -2; 3. Elizabeth Brightwell, Virginia, 70 -2; 3. Jackie Chang, North Carolina, 70 -2; 3. Isabelle Lendl, Florida, 70-2.