STILLWATER, Okla. – Two teams from outside the top 12 seeds found better playing conditions in the afternoon wave and moved into the qualifying top eight after one round of the NCAA Central Regional women’s golf tournament at the Karsten Creek Golf Course on Thursday.
The LSU Lady Tigers had to play a difficult course in the morning wave in threatening weather with the top 12 seeds and came home with a 21-over par score of 309. The 14th-ranked LSU team finds itself in a four-way tie for 16th place in the 24-team competition with No. 2 seed Arkansas, No. 14 seed Kansas and No. 15 seed Texas as each is seven shots out of the final qualifying spot of eight place going to Friday’s second of three round.
Mississippi State and North Carolina are both tied for eighth place in the team standings after the opening round after posting matching team scores of 14-over par 302 on the first day of the competition.
No. 3 seed Alabama and No. 12 seed California wrapped up Thursday’s action in a tie atop the team standings with matching scores of 7-over par 295, while No. 7 seed Florida and No. 13 seed Kent State follow one shot back in a tie for third place overall at 8-over par 296.
LSU, the fifth seed, and the other top 12 seeds will play last on Friday and will have a pretty good indication of what type of number will be needed to finish in the top eight and advance to the NCAA Women’s Championships later in the month in Tulsa. The top 12 teams after 36 holes will play together on Saturday morning in the final round of the event.
The Lady Tigers got 4-over 76 rounds from senior Lindsey Gahm of Louisville and Mandeville sophomore Elise Bradley. The LSU duo are in a group tied for 41st place in the individual competition, led by the amazing bogey-free round of Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State who had a 7-under 65, who has a 3-shot lead. The top two players who are not members of the eight qualifying teams can also get a spot for the individual competition at the nationals.
LSU will tee off, again with Arizona and host Oklahoma State, in the afternoon wave which starts at noon. The LSU wave will go off the first tee at 12:56 p.m. Live scoring for the round can be found at LSUsports.net through Golfstat.com and live updates will be available on Twitter.
NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL – FIRST ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 288)
T1. Alabama 295 +7; T1. California 295 +7; T3. Florida 296 +8; T3. Kent State 296 +8; 5. Oklahoma State 298 +10; T6. UCLA 299 +11; T6. Minnesota 299 +11; T8. Mississippi State 302 +14; T8. North Carolina 302 +14; 10. Wichita State 303 +15; 11. Ohio State 305 +17; T12. Arizona 306 +18; T12. Colorado 306 +18; 14. UNLV 307 +19; 15. Harvard 308 +20; T16. LSU 309 +21; T16. Arkansas 309 +21; T16. Kansas 309 +21; T16. Texas 309 +21; 20. SMU 315 +27; T21. Lamar 318 +30; T21. Miami 318 +30; 23. Sienna College 334 +46; 24. Long Island 337 +49.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
1. Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State, 65 -7; 2. Emma Talley, Alabama, 68 -4; T3. Natalie Goodson, Kent State, 71 -1; T3. Katherine Perry, North Carolina, 71 -1; T3. Sarah Schober, Florida, 71 -1; T6. Anne Cheng, Harvard, 72 E; T6. Jennifer Coleman, Colorado, 72 E; T6. Dana Finkelstein, UNLV, 72 E; T6. Hannah Suh, California, 72 E; T6. Maria Alejandra Villalobos, Wichita State, 72 E.