LSU's Elise Bradley
LSU's Elise Bradley
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Duke Wins LSU Tiger Classic; Lady Tigers Fifth
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Published: March 22, 2016, 07:12 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – The third-ranked Duke Blue Devils women’s golf team went wire-to-wire to win its third LSU-hosted golf event, this time the 2016 LSU Tiger Golf Classic at the University Club here Tuesday.

The win makes Duke just the second school, with LSU, to have won on all three Baton Rouge venues that the event has been contested on – the old Fairwood Country Club, the original course layout of the U-Club and the present day course model which was renovated in 2010.

Duke posted rounds of 293-296-292 for a 54-hole total of 881, 17-over par, the second lowest aggregate number for 54 holes in women’s collegiate competition at the course since the renovation.

Duke won by 16 shots over fourth-ranked Arkansas which finished at 33-over 897 (299-302-296). The Lady Razorbacks were 13 shots ahead of third-place Tulane at 46-over 910 (305-308-297) with Wake Forest at 48-over 912 in fourth (311-298-303).

For LSU, battling without All-American Caroline Nistrup and sophomore Claudia Di Antonio, the Lady Tigers hung tough with a 17-over 305 and moved up three spots to finish in a tie for fifth place with North Carolina State at 56-over par 920 (305-310-305).

“We needed that finish,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “Sunday we held our own and Monday we were holding our own just fine and really had four bad holes and that kind of killed us. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot. (Tuesday) we held our own. We didn’t tear it up, but we moved up three spots and that was good for us. That was good for the girls as we go forward toward the end of the season we are trying to qualify for regionals and we beat some teams we needed to beat. We are trying to build some momentum because we did do some good things.”

Duke senior Celine Boutier found the sometimes wind-blown and rapidly drying out conditions at the U-Club to her advantage all-three days as she won by 14 shots the individual title with an 8-under par 208. That eclipsed the post-renovation 54-hole best total by five strokes set in 2014. Boutier, who opened the tournament Sunday with a five-birdie, no bogey round of 67, followed that with an even par round on Monday.

Tuesday, she again had five birdies with two bogeys to post a 3-under concluding round of 69. Madison Opfer of Tulane (77-72-73) and Virginia Elena Carta of Duke (75-77-70) tied for second place at 6-over par 222.

Although senior Elise Bradley didn’t defend her tournament title, she was one of three LSU players who had performances that moved them up the standing board on the final day. Bradley, from Mandeville, had a three-over 75 and moved up seven places to T20 at 13-over par 220 (75-79-75). Freshman Kathleen Gallagher, from Greenwood, Mississippi, jumped up 10 spots to T25 in the final round after a 76 put her at 15-over 231 (75-80-76).

LSU’s other senior, Nadine Dreher of Austria, improved 27 spots in the final round to T34 with a 1-over par 73 to post 17-over 233 (83-77-73). The Lady Tigers also counted an 81 from Baton Rouge soph Sydney Cavin on the final day.

The U-Club, thanks to the conditions grudgingly gave up birdies as the tournament average for the 287 rounds was 78.99. Each day it was a different hole that was the toughest on the course as the new par 4 17th hole play 0.58 over par in round one, the tricky par 5 11th on Monday was at 0.70 over, and the water lined No. 18 claimed plenty of victims Tuesday and posted 0.68 over par.

This will be the layout with the 17th as a shorter par 4 and No. 14 as a par 5 that will be played by the teams coming in for the Baton Rouge women’s regional in early May.

“The staff (at the U-Club) worked so hard to get the course ready,” said Bahnsen about the recent heavy rains in the area. “It drains so well. The wind helped dry things out. The golf course played really tough. It’s a great golf course and you add these kind of conditions and you have a course that played different every day. That’s hard. It’s a championship golf course and that’s how we designed it to be and it makes the better teams rise to the top and that’s what it did this week.”

LSU now has a few days off with spring break before hitting the road again on April 1 for the Silverado Showdown in Napa, California with play on April 3-5, the final regular season event before the SEC Championships.

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Final Team Results (Par 288-864)
1. Duke 293-296-292 – 881 +17; 2. Arkansas 299-302-296 – 897 +33; 3. Tulane 305-308-297 – 910 +46; 4. Wake Forest 311-298-303 – 912 +48; T5. LSU 305-310-305 – 920 +56; North Carolina State 311-297-312 – 920 +56; 7. Houston 307-301-315 – 923 +59; 8. Tennessee 302-301-321 – 924 +60; 9. Mississippi State 307-313-309 – 929 +65; 10. Kentucky 307-312-314 – 933 +69; T11. Notre Dame 315-311-308 – 934 +70; UNCW 310-312-312 – 934 +70; 13. North Carolina 316-316-311 – 943 +79; 14. Auburn 326-312-313 – 951 +87; 15. Denver 321-324-313 –958 +94; 16. Ole Miss 320-323-318 – 961 +97; 17. Oklahoma 319-322-326 – 967 +103.

Individual Top 10 (Par 72-216)
1. Celine Boutier, Duke, 67-72-69 – 208 -8; T2. Madison Opfer, Tulane, 77-72-73 – 222 +6; Virginia Elena Carta, Duke, 75-77-70 – 222 +6; T4. Regina Plasencia, Arkansas, 75-75-73 – 223 +7; Maria Fassi, Arkansas, 74-74-75 – 223 +7; 6. Emily Penttila, Tulane, 74-79-71 – 224 +8; 7. Kayla Thompson, UNCW, 72-78-75 – 225 +9; 8. Blakesly Warren, Tennessee, 72-73-81 – 226 +10; T9. Alana Uriell, Arkansas, 78-76-73 – 225 +11; Sierra Sims, Wake Forest, 80-74-73 – 227 +11; Ji Eun Baik, Miss. State, 72-81-74 – 227 +11; Cara Gorlei, Arkansas, 73-77-77 – 227 +11; Sarah Bae, NC State, 73-75-79 – 227 +11.

LSU Scores
T20. Elise Bradley 75-79-75 – 229 +13
T25. Kathleen Gallagher 75-80-76 – 231 +15
T34. Nadine Dreher 83-77-73 – 233 +17
T54. Sydney Cavin 79-78-81 – 238 +22
T56. Marina Hedlund 76-76-87 – 239 +23
T78. Lana Hodge 81-83-81 – 246 +30
95. Carly Goldstein 88-84-89 – 261 +45


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