BATON ROUGE – The three top-ranked teams in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, including the third and fourth ranked teams in women’s golf, will go for the title in the final groupings Tuesday as the three-day event concludes at the University Club.
No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Arkansas and No. 18 Tennessee will go off in the final pairings in the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at the University Club with all three looking to add to their success in LSU-hosted events.
Duke continued to hold the lead at 13-over par 589 after a 296 round (+8), 12 shots better than Arkansas at 25-over 601. Tennessee is third at 603 (+27).
Duke will be going for its third win at LSU, Arkansas for its fourth in the last six years and Tennessee it’s second, having won in 2012. Duke will be trying to win for the third time (1999, 2007) and they will be trying to join LSU as the only schools to have a unique trifecta of triumphs with wins at the old Fairwood Country Club, the original layout of the University Club and now the renovated 2010 version of the course.
Houston and North Carolina State are tied for fourth at 32-over 608 with Wake Forest in sixth at 609, Tulane at 613 and LSU after a 22-over 310 in eighth place at 39-over 615, four shots ahead of ninth place Kentucky 619.
Celine Boutier, the senior from Duke, remained in the lead after her second round of even par 72. With her opening round on Sunday of 5-under 67 she stands at 5-under 139 and after tying for the lowest post-renovation round in women’s competition college golf on the course, she set the standard after 36 holes with her 139 total. She edged out LSU All-American Madelene Sagstrom who last year as a senior led after two rounds with a 4-under 140.
Boutier is the only golfer under par, six shots to the good on Blakesly Warren of Tennessee at 1-over 145 (72-73). It is three more shots back to Maria Fassi of Arkansas (74-74) and Sarah Bae of North Carolina State (73-75) at 4-over 148. Madison Opfer of Tulane rounds out the top five at 5-over 149 (77-72).
Boutier has had 25 pars and 7 birdies over the course of her two days of play.
LSU freshman Marina Hedlund moved up four spots in the individual standings to a tie for 16th after a second consecutive 76 to stand at 8-over 152 to lead the Lady Tigers on the second day. LSU also counted a 77 from senior Nadine Dreher, a 78 from sophomore Sydney Cavin and a 79 from senior Elise Bradley.
The Lady Tigers will be paired with Tulane and Kentucky in the final round. The award ceremony will follow the completion of the final round.
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