SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- LSU’s Lindsay Gahm recaptured the lead with three birdies over the final five holes to bring home her first LSU individual championship Tuesday as the Alamo Invitational brought the curtain down on the LSU women’s golf fall season.
The LSU Lady Tigers also had their best tournament of the fall with a runnerup finish to Oklahoma, who won the tournament for the second straight year.
Gahm posted a final round of 3-under 69 to go with previous rounds of 68-68 to finish at 11-under par 205, one shot better than Alexandra Kaui of Oklahoma who posted a 7-under 65 and briefly took the lead at 10-under par for the tournament before Gahm finished with her magic. Gahm’s winning score of 205 is tied for the second lowest 54-hole total ever posted in the 30-plus year history of the LSU women’s golf program. Megan McChrystal posted 205 in the 2010 Tar Heel Invitational. The school record for 54 holes is 13-under par 203 by Austin Ernst at the 2011 Cougar Classic.
Entering the day at eight-under par and a two-shot lead, Gahm, from Louisville, Ky., did what she has done best over the three days, make pars. She would par the first 10 holes on Tuesday giving her 43 consecutive holes without a bogey after bogeying the second and third holes on the first day.
At that point, Gahm was at 10-under par and two-shots in the clear. But bogeys on the par-5 11th and par-4 12th moved her back to even par for the day and -8 for the championship at the same time. Oklahoma’s Alexandra Kaui had birdied five of the first 11 holes to move from eighth to a tie for first with Gahm. Kaui would push the lead back to 10-under with birdies on the 13th and 14th holes.
It was at that point that Gahm regained her game, also putting a birdie on the board at 14 to go to 9-under. She then tied Kaui with a birdie on the 16th. The tournament came down to the final hole as Gahm rolled one in from five feet following a great approach to get to 11-under as she recorded her 15th birdie of the tournament.
“I wasn’t really aware how I stood,” said Gahm after the round. “Alexis (assistant coach Alexis Rather) was walking with me. I hit 9 iron to about five feet and walking up I asked her where I stood. She said we were tied. The Oklahoma girl had 20 feet and missed it and I made my putt. It’s such a great feeling. I’ve been close before but this time really put three great rounds together.”
“The girl from Oklahoma was playing lights out and it’s easy to get rattled,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “But Lindsay came right back on 14 with a birdie and made an unbelievable par on 15. She just showed a lot of heart and got it done.”
Gahm posted 6-under on the par 4 holes and 5-under on the par 5 holes during the tournament.
She becomes the second Lady Tiger to win this fall as Madelene Sagstrom captured the Schooner Invitational earlier in the month.
The Lady Tigers as a team also was in top form all three days posting under-par rounds each day including a 4-under total of 284 on the final day to finish the 54-hole event at 16-under par 848. That equaled the second lowest 54-hole total ever recorded by an LSU women’s team equaling the 848 posted by LSU in the Cougar Classic in 2011 and the Tar Heel Invitational in 2010.
Oklahoma was able to get the win with a final round of 12-under 276 to finish at 840. LSU was three shots clear of Arkansas (848) with Florida fourth at 855 and Texas A&M in a tie for fifth with host UTSA at 4-under 860.
On the final day, LSU would count a third consecutive day of 1-under 71 from freshman Caroline Nistrup (who did nothing to harm her stroke average of 71), and, even par 72s from Madelen Sagstrom and Nadine Dreher.
Nistrup posted her third consecutive top 10 of the fall with a tie for seventh place finish at 3-under 213, while Sagstrom finished in a tie for 24th shooting -3 over the final 36 holes. Dreher finished in a tie for 29th place.
LSU will resume play with its spring season beginning in late February at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans. The spring season will be highlighted by the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, March 21-23 at the LSU University Club.
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The Alamo Invitational
San Antonio, Texas
Final Team Results (Par 288-864) 1. Oklahoma 278-286-276 – 840 -24; 2. LSU 285-279-284 – 848 -16; 3. Arkansas 279-283-289 – 851 -13; 4. Florida 280-292-283 – 855 -9; 5. Texas A&M 281-286-293 – 860 -4; 5. UTSA 285-286-289 – 860 -4; 7. TCU 289-285-292 – 866 +2; 8. Texas State 292-292-286 – 870 +6; 9. Louisville 290-296-286 – 872 +8; 10. Tulane 290-291-294 – 875 +11; 11. SMU 287-291-300 – 878 +14; 12. Florida State 289-301-293 – 883 +19; 14. Texas 295-304-294 – 893 +29; 15. Tennessee 290-304-305 – 899 +35.
Individual Top 5 (Par 72-216)
1. Lindsay Gahm, LSU, 68-68-69 – 205 -11; 2. Alexandra Kaui, Oklahoma, 68-73-65 – 206 -10; 3. Sarah Schober, Florida, 67-71-71 – 209 -7; 4. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M, 71-70-70 – 211 -5; 5. Emily Tubert, Arkansas, 68-71-73 – 212 -4; 5. Anne Tanguay, Oklahoma, 71-72-70 – 213 -3.