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ERIE, Colo. - The second-seed LSU Lady Tigers did two things they wanted to do Friday on a cold and rainy second-round day at the NCAA Women's West Regional golf tournament at the Colorado National Golf Club.

The put themselves in position for a good advancement position for the D1 Championships and they have a chance to win their first regional title.

The Lady Tigers, ranked seventh in the country, followed a 3-over 291 with a round best 2-over 290 to stand at 5-over par 581 for 36 holes, Stanford, ranked 40th in the country, played in the morning wave and moved to the lead while sitting on the bench in the afternoon at 4-over 580.

Third place is five shots behind LSU at 10-over par 586 with North Carolina and top-seed UCLA tied for the position. The eighth and final qualifying spot that will advance teams to the NCAA D1 Women's Golf Championships in Franklin, Tenn., is held by California at 21-over par 597.

After an opening round played in 80 degree sunshine, Friday's second round was played at times in a light rain with temperatures in the mid-40s.

But the Lady Tigers answered the call and now, after finishing a program best second in last year's Central Regional, behind UCLA, has a chance to get the title on the final day.

Individually, defending NCAA individual champion sophomore Austin Ernst, posted a 3-under round of 69 to go with a 1-under 71 to stand at 4-under 140 for 36 holes. That puts her in second place one shot out of the lead of Catherine O'Donnell of North Carolina at 5-under 139.

LSU also got a great rebound from freshman Madelene Sagstrom who posted a 2-under 70 to finish at 2-over 142, moving her up 42 places to a tie for 12th in the individual standings. LSU also counted a 2-over 74 from senior Tessa Teachman and a 5-over 77 from senior Jacqueline Hedwall.

"I am so very pleased with how the team came out and played (Friday)," said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. "Everyone had to play in the same conditions, but the girls blocked it out of their minds and went about their business. The team showed a lot of mental toughness. Obviously, qualifying is the most important thing in this event, but we are in a position to win this tournament and we want to have one more strong round and see what happens."

The top 12 teams in the standings will get the chance to probably decide the eight spots, playing first in the morning wave that begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT. LSU will tee off with Stanford and North Carolina off the first tee at 9:36 p.m. CDT.

Live scoring for the final round is available at LSUsports.net through Golfstat.com. Round updates will also be available on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUwomensgolf and on Twitter @LSUwomensgolf.

NCAA WOMAN'S WEST REGIONAL GOLF
At Erie, Colo.
Second Round Team Results (Par 288-584)
1. Stanford 287-283 - 580 +4; 2. LSU 291-290 - 581 +5; 3. North Carolina 288-298 - 586 +10; 3. UCLA 290-296 - 586 +10; 5. Baylor 300-293 - 593 +17; 6. Texas Tech 300-294 - 594 +18; Pepperdine 297-299 - 596 +20; 8. California 296-301 - 597 +21. 9. Colorado 297-301 - 598 +22; 9. Illinois 296-302 - 598 +22; 11. Tulsa 297-303 - 600 +24; 11. UC Davis 305-295 - 600 +24; 11. San Jose State 302-298 - 600 +24; 14. Oklahoma 305-296 - 601 +25; 15. UNLV 302-301 - 603 +27; 16. Iowa State 302-302 - 604 +28; 17. TCU 302-304 - 606 +17; 18. New Mexico 303-307 - 610 +34; 19. Denver 304-311 - 615 +39; 20. Kennesaw State 309-311 - 620 +44; 21. Missouri State 314-307 - 621 +45; 22. Oregon State 313-318 - 631 +55; 23. Northern Colorado 311-324 - 635 +59; 24. Jackson State 348-355 - 703 +127.

Individual Top 5 (Par 72-144)
1. Catherine O'Donnell, North Carolina, 70-69 - 139 -5; 2. Austin Ernst, LSU, 71-69 - 140 -4; 3. Sydney Burlison, Stanford, 67-74 - 141 -3; 4. Sally Watson, Stanford, 71-71 - 142; 5. Hayley Davis, Baylor, 69-74 - 143 -1.

LSU Scores
2. Austin Ernst 71-69 - 140 -4
T12. Madelene Sagstrom 76-70 - 146 +2
T22. Jacqueline Hedwall 71-77 - 148 +4
T40. Tessa Teachman 76-74 - 150 +6
T54. Lindsay Gahm 73-79 - 152 +8

 


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