ALPHARETTA, Georgia — Junior standout Zach Wright fired an even-par 72 to lead the seventh-ranked LSU men’s golf team in Friday’s opening round at the United States Collegiate Championship at the Lakeside Course at The Golf Club of Georgia.
With Wright leading the way, the Tigers were tied for 13th place in the team standings after posting a score of 8-over 296.
Virginia holds a six-shot lead over Texas with a 16-under par 272.
Rounding out the top-five teams were Texas A&M at 7-under 281, No. 3 Stanford in fourth place at 5-under 283 and No. 8 Auburn and No. 26 East Tennessee State in a tie for fifth place at 2-under 286.
Team scores (par 288)
1. Virginia 272 -16; 2. Texas 278 -10; 3. Texas A&M 281 -7; 4. Stanford 283 -5; T5. Auburn 286 -2; T5. East Tennessee State 286 -2; 7. UCLA 287 -1; 8. Wake Forest 288 E; T9. Oklahoma State 290 +2; T9. Washington 290 +2; 11. Iowa 291 +3; 12. Clemson 294 +6; T13. LSU 296 +8; T13. Georgia Tech 296 +8; 15. Kent State 304 +16.
Topt 5 individuals (par 72)
1. Denny McCarthy, Virginia, 63 -9; T2. Derek Bard, Virginia, 66 -6; T2. Maverick McNealy, Stanford, 66 -6; T4. Gavin Hall, Texas, 67 -5; T4. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington, 67 -5.
T24. Zach Wright, 72 E; T46. Eric Ricard, 74 +2; T46. Ben Taylor, 74 +2; T58. Myles Lewis, 76 +4; T58. Stewart Jolly, 76 +4.
BAUCOM’S LATE GOAL NOT ENOUGH: In Knoxville, Tennessee, rookie striker Jorian Baucom pulled one back for the Tigers with her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 81st minute of play, but LSU was unable to equalize over the final nine minutes of regulation while falling 2-1 to Tennessee on Friday.
The Tigers (5-9-2, 1-5-1 Southeastern Conference) also dropped their second-straight match at Tennessee as the Lady Volunteers (7-7-1, 2-4-1) snapped a three-game winless streak with the victory.
LSU Sweeps Missouri: In Columbia, Missouri, in a matchup featuring two teams next to each other in the league standings, LSU extended its winning streak to four matches by earning its third-straight sweep with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 win over Missouri on Friday night, ending Missouri’s 12-match SEC home winning streak.
LSU (10-8, 4-3 SEC) hit .317 in the match to Missouri’s (12-9, 3-3) .218, powering home 44 kills on 41 assists, with 47 digs to stun the crowd of 2,272 at the Hearnes Center. Although there were 21 ties in the match, there were only seven lead changes as LSU held on to the lead for much of each of the three sets.
Sophomore middle blocker Briana Holman led LSU with 12 kills, tying for match high and hitting .611 with just one error to go along with five blocks.
Katie Lindelow and Cati Leak each had nine kills for LSU, while Mimi Eugene produced three.
Swimming & diving
LADY TIGERS IN THE LEAD AT SMU CLASSIC: In Dallas, Amber Carter swam a career best in the 100 butterfly to pace LSU to a 10-point lead at the SMU Classic.
The 400-medley relay team of Caley Oquist, Colleen O’Neil, Carter and Leah Troskot posted a time of 3:35.86 for the win, beating out SMU at the wall.
All nine Lady Tigers contributed at least one top-three finish on the first day of competition.
“The scoring sets up nicely for the depth of our roster. We have some strong events tomorrow so I’m hopeful we can get some wins and get out of here with the team win,” LSU coach Dave Geyer said.