BATON ROUGE - The 26th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks posted the best two rounds of the weekend, including a one-under par rounds of 287 and their reward was the championship trophy of the 2011 LSU Tiger Golf Classic at the University Club.
Arkansas posted an 8-over 296 and finished early in Saturday's round and watched their two day total of 25-over gradually move up to a four-way tie for the lead. Sunday, with Kelly Shean and Emily Tubert both shooting 1-under par and Corinna Rees posting an even-par round, the Ladybacks posted the first collegiate under-par round on the renovated and toughened U-Club layout to win going away by seven shots. Tubert finished third overall at three-over 219 with Shean and Victoria Vela tied for seventh at 222, six over par.
The individual title was a little harder to determine as a faltering final round of 76 by second-round leader Stephanie Meadow of Alabama, opened the door for No. 2 ranked Lindy Duncan of Duke and AnnaKarin Ljungstrom of Louisville to walk through and go to sudden death tied at two-over par 218 after 54 holes. Duncan, who missed a 15-foot birdie putt on her final hole that could have won the tournament in regulation, used a par on the third hole of the playoff to win the tournament.
The two parred the par-four 10th and the par-five 11th before the tournament was decided on the tournament's toughest hole, the par-4 18th.
Duncan had a one-under 71 in the final round, while Ljungstrom had the low round of the tournament, a three-under 69.
No. 7 Virginia, the defending champion of the last U-Club LSU-hosted event in 2009, scored a six-over 294 on the final day to finish at 31-over 895 to take second by five shots over No. 1 Alabama, No. 18 Tennessee and No. 4 Duke which finished in a tie for third at 36-over 900. The fifth ranked LSU Lady Tigers had their best round of the weekend on their home course with a nine-over 297 to finish the event in sixth at 38-over 90s, seven shots ahead of seventh place No. 17 Wake Forest.
No. 1 ranked Megan McChrystal had her hopes for a championship dashed with troubles on two of the more difficult holes on the weekend, the 11th and par-4 14th with double bogeys on both holes. She finished the day with a three-over 75 and a five-over 221 for the 54-holes, finishing in a tie for fifth.
LSU was led on the day with an even par round from Austin Ernst, while Tessa Teachman had a two-over round, with Jacqueline Hedwall and Mary Michael Maggio posting a four-over 76. Individually, Amalie Valle posted a two-under par 70 and Lindy LaBauve a 75.
Hedwall finished 20th in the competition at nine-over 225, LaBauve 22nd at 10-over 226 and Valle and Teachman posted 11-over 227s to finish in a tie for 26th.
The Lady Tigers moved as close as third a couple of times during the final round, but troubles on a couple of back nine holes, especially the 14th pushed LSU out of contention for the title this time around.
Tulane finished 11th at 918 with Maribel Lopez Porras coming up with a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish in a tie for fifth at five-over 221. ULM finished 19th in the 21-team field, at 962 (332-311-319) with Lina Billing at 233 (76-78-79) the top Warhawk finishing in 47th place.
LSU returns to action April 1-3 in the Liz Murphey Collegiate at Athens, Ga.
LSU Tiger Golf Classic
March 13, 2011
Arkansas Head Coach
On coming back to win the tournament...
"We weren't far enough back that we couldn't look ahead and move up the leader board. This golf course is very tricky. You have to manage your game really well on it and we just did a good job of staying in the present and executing our game plan."
On winning against these teams...
"This is a really strong field. We got off to a slow start this spring but this group has just been an awesome group to coach this year. We just kept believing in each other. We when stick together and have good energy, I told them all week, attitude equals altitude. If you have a good attitude then we'll play good on this golf course. We really stuck to that and kept good energy and fed off each other. We did a really good job of that. To win against these teams is awesome. We want to win championships and you have to play well in a field like that to be able to accomplish those goals."
LSU Head Coach
On LSU's play this weekend...
"We just need to eliminate some mental mistakes. We would be playing well then we would have a big hole. You can't do that and win championships and that's why we didn't win this week. We're building toward winning a championship hopefully and being in contention to win a championship. If we just keep mentally working hard and being strong and not get down on ourselves I think we'll be fine."
On winning the tournament...
"I played really well. The course is really challenging and the competition was really stiff. Today I just tried to hit fairways and greens and got lucky. It was a good tournament."
On the playoff...
"It was a really tough playoff. [AnnaKarin Ljungstrom] was very tough and made some really good pars so I was just trying to stick it out."
On the course...
"The greens are really firm. They're very undulating and it's very hard to hit the right spots. You have to be very patient. I think that was the key to the whole thing."
LSU Golf Classic
Final Team Results (Par 288-864)
1. Arkansas 305-296-287 - 888 +24
2. Virginia 301-300-294 - 895 +31
T3. Alabama 301-300-299 - 900 +36
T3. Tennessee 305-297-298 - 900 +36
T3. Duke 300-302-298 - 900 +36
6. LSU 300-305-297 - 902 +38
7. Wake Forest 294-307-308 - 909 +45
8. Texas A&M 298-308-304 - 910 +46
9. North Carolina State 310-306-295 - 911 +47
10. Louisville 303-309-302 - 914 +50
11. Tulane 312-302-304 - 918 +54
12. TCU 310-309-308 - 927 +63
13. North Carolina 304-322-302 - 928 +64
14. South Carolina 319-307-308 - 934 +70
15. Ole Miss 314-309-315 - 938 +74
16. Furman 301-328-307 - 945 +81
17. UNC Wilmington 328-318-312 - 958 +94
18. Kentucky 313-324-322 - 959 +95
19. ULM3 32-311-319 - 962 +98
20. Mississippi State 316-326-321 - 963 +99
21. Charleston 323-326-318 - 967 +103
Individual Top 15 (Par 72-216)
T1. Lindy Duncan, Duke (wins playoff on 3rd hole) 72-75-71 - 218 +2
T1. AnnaKarin Ljungstrom, Louisville 75-74-69 - 218 +2
3. Emily Tubert, Arkansas 78-70-71 - 219 +3
4. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama73-71-76 - 220 +4
T5. Megan McChrystal, LSU 72-74-75 - 221 +5
T5. Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane 75-76-70 - 221 +5
T7. Erica Popson, Tennessee 77-74-71 - 222 +6
T7. Kelli Shean, Arkansas 77-74-71 - 222 +6
T7. Natalie Sheary, Wake Forest71-80-71 - 222 +6
T7. Victoria Vela, Arkansas 76-73-73 - 222 +6
T11. Nicole Agnello, Virginia 73-73-77 - 223 +7
T11. Brittany Altomare, Virginia 73-74-76 - 223 +7
T11. Amanda Baker, North Carolina State 72-78-73 - 223 +7
T11. Brooke Baker, North Carolina State74-75-74 - 223 +7
T11. Sara Monberg, Tennessee 76-74-73 - 223 +7
T11. Brooke Pancake, Alabama 76-72-75 - 223 +7
T5. Megan McChrystal 72-74-75 - 221 +5
T20. Jacqueline Hedwall76-73-76 - 225 +9
T22. Lindy LaBauve 75-76-75 - 226 +10
T26. Amalie Valle 80-77-70 - 227 +11
T26. Tessa Teachman 75-78-74 - 227 +11
T37. Austin Ernst 77-80-72 - 229 +13
T65. Mary Michael Maggio 80-81-76 - 237 +21
T98. Abby Oberthier 88-79-82 - 249 +33