Women's Golf in Contention After Day 2 at SEC's

LSU's Caroline Nistrup
LSU's Caroline Nistrup
Steve Franz
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 16th-ranked LSU Lady Tigers will play in the final wave as they stand in third place entering Championship Sunday at the SEC Women’s Golf Tournament at Greystone Country Club’s Founders Course.

The Lady Tigers kept their round together when it looked like there could be trouble to shoot 9-over par 297 to stand at 16-over par 592 after 36 holes. Vanderbilt is the tournament leader after an impressive round of 1-under par 287 to stand at 9-over 585, six shots clear of second place Arkansas at 15-over 591.

LSU is one shot back in third, seven out of the lead, and two shots in front of Auburn (+18) in fourth with Alabama in fifth at 19-over. South Carolina is sixth at +24 and Florida seventh at +27.

Senior Lindsey Gahm posted birdies on the par-3 17th hole and the par 5 18th hole to shoot 1-under par 71 on the day and finish36 holes at even par 144 (73-71). She is by herself in fourth place behind the three-way tie of Sirmin Feng and Jenny Hahn of Vanderbilt and first-round leader Janie Jackson of Alabama. The three are one shot ahead of Gahm at 1-under 143.

Jackson, who posted 4-under 68 on Friday, followed with 3-over 75 on Saturday, while Feng had rounds of 73-70 and Hahn 71-72.

Gahm leads the tournament at 3-under par in par five scoring and has seven birdies for two rounds, one off the tournament lead in that category.

Madelene Sagstrom closed with birdie on the par-5 18th as well to shoot 2-over 74 and stands at 3-over 147, tied in a group for 11th place. Sagstrom also has 7 birdies through two rounds of the tournament and played the par threes over the two days in 2-under.

Caroline Nistrup posted a 1-over 73 and moved from 30th to 17th place with rounds of 76-73 at 5-over 149.

“It was tough out there (Saturday),” said Bahnsen. “The round could have gotten away from them but they hung in there. They held their composure and kept fighting all the way to the end. They finished with some good birdies at the end because I thought this round could have gotten away from us and it didn’t.”

Of Gahm’s play, Bahnsen said: “She didn’t really have a good ball striking day which makes the score that much better. She just found a way to get the ball in the hole and she found a way to do that. She kept her patience. I’ve said every day it’s a tough course. The wind … Every time you threw up the grass, one time it’s going this way, one time it’s going that way. It put a lot of doubt in your mind hitting shots.”

Senior Ali Lucas had the other counting round of the day, a 7-over 79 to stand at 8-over 152 in a tie for 30th.

Bahnsen knows the formula that has worked so far this weekend and it involves focusing on the task at hand.

“(Sunday) the mind set is just to go out and play golf,” she said. “We can’t be wrapped up in all the hoopla and all the scoreboard watching. We are just going to play golf.”

LSU will play with Vanderbilt and Arkansas in the final wave of the tournament. The round begins at 8 a.m. and the LSU wave will start at 9:40 a.m. CDT. Live scoring for the tournament can be found at LSUsports.net through Golfstatresults.com. Updates during the round are on Twitter @LSUWomensgolf.

SEC Women’s Golf Championship
Birmingham, Ala.

Second Round Team Results (Par 288-576)
1. Vanderbilt 298-287 – 585 +9; 2. Arkansas 294-297 – 591 +15; 3. LSU 295-297 – 592 +16; 4. Auburn 296-298 – 594 +18; 5. Alabama 302-293 – 595 +19; 6. South Carolina 301-299 – 600 +24; 7. Florida 304-299 – 600 +24; 7. Florida 304-299 – 603 +27; 8. Georgia 302-303 – 605 +29; 9. Missouri 303-303 – 606 +30; 10. Tennessee 314-293 – 607 +31; 10. Texas A&M 305-302 – 607 +31; 12. Kentucky 313-296 – 609 +33; 13. Ole Miss 313-305 – 618 +42; 14. Mississippi State 321-301 – 622 +46.

Individual Top 5 (Par 72-144)
1. Janie Jackson, Alabama, 68-75 – 143 -1; 1. Simin Feng, Vanderbilt, 73-70 – 143 -1; 1. Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt, 71-72 – 143 -1; 4. Lindsay Gahm, LSU, 73-71 – 144 E; 5. Maria Torres, Florida, 72-73 – 145 +1; 5. Chessy Thomas, Tennessee, 74-71 – 145 +1; Gaby Lopez, Arkansas, 73-72 – 145 +1.

LSU Scores
4. Lindsay Gahm 73-71 – 144 E
T11. Madelene Sagstrom 73-74 – 147 +3
T17. Caroline Nistrup 76-73 – 149 +5
T30. Ali Lucas 73-79 –152 +8
69. Carly Goldstein 86-85 – 171 +27




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