CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The No. 3-ranked LSU women’s golf team gave coach Karen Bahnsen a nice early birthday present, rallying on the back nine to win the Lady Tar Heel Invitational on Sunday at the UNC Finley Course.

In what Bahnsen, whose birthday is Tuesday, called “quite a battle” down the stretch, LSU shot 1-under 287 for the final round to finish at 8-under 856, four shots better than No. 4 Alabama. The teams started the round tied for the lead at 7 under. It was LSU’s second win in three tournaments.

Alabama had a great start, shooting 5 under on the front nine, while LSU shot 3 over.

“We didn’t make a putt the entire front nine, and Alabama was getting a few to drop,” Bahnsen said. “But our girls never gave up. It was a struggle early, but they worked so very hard and a few things began to drop for us and not drop for Alabama.”

LSU got seven birdies on the back nine and an eagle from Lindsey Gahm on the par-5 13th hole. Alabamahad just three back-nine birdies.

Auburn finished third at 3-under 861, and host North Carolina was fourth at 2-under.

Madelene Sagstrom led LSU on the final day with a 1-under 71 to finish at 7-under 209, tied for fifth in the individual standings. Auburn’s Marta Sanz was first at 9-under 207.

LSU’s Austin Ernst, Tessa Teachman and Gahm all posted even-par rounds of 72, while Jacqueline Hedwall posted a 1-over 73.

“Everyone contributed to this win,” Bahnsen said. “That’s the way you do it. You need everyone on the team.”

Tar Heel Invitational

Chapel Hill, N. C.

FINAL TEAM RESULTS (PAR 288-864): 1. LSU 284-285-287 – 856 -8; 2. Alabama 281-288-291 – 860 -4; 3. Auburn 287-290-284 – 861 -3; 4. North Carolina 290-286-286 – 862 -2; 5. North Carolina State 291-289-289 – 869 +5; 6. Tennessee 293-290-287 – 870 +6; 6. Georgia 295-286-289 – 870 +6; 8. Michigan State 291-291-295 – 877 +13; 8. Wake Forest 284-297-296 – 877 +13; 10. Duke 298-287-294 – 879 +15; 11. South Carolina 289-299-294 – 882 +18; 12. Louisville 296-296-292 – 884 +20; 12. Virginia 297-292-295 – 884 +20; 14. Tulane 295-300-293 – 888 +24; 15. Arkansas 300-302-288 – 890 +26; 16. Chattanooga 307-297-293 – 897 +33; 17. Coastal Carolina 304-296-301 – 901 +37; 18. Notre Dame 307-305-297 – 909 +45.

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72-216): 1. Marta Sanz, Auburn, 69-70-68 – 207 -9; 2. Brooke Pancake, Alabama, 69-70-69 – 208 -8; 2. Caroline Powers, Michigan State, 69-68-71 – 208 -8; 2. Augusta James, North Carolina State, 70-69-69 – 208 -8; 5. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 68-70-71 – 209 -7; 5. Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest, 68-71-70 – 209 -7.

LSU SCORES: T5. Madelene Sagstrom 68-70-71 – 209 -7; T11. Tessa Teachman 71-71-72 – 214 -2; T15. Austin Ernst 72-73-72 – 217 +1; T21. Jacqueline Hedwall 73-73-73 – 219 +3; T44. Lindsey Gahm 80-71-72 – 223 +7

Soccer

MARTINEAU’S TWO GOALS LEAD TIGERS OVER KENTUCKY, 2-0: In Lexington, Ky., senior midfielder Natalie Martineau scored both goals for No. 14 LSU on Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex.

Martineau opened the scoring in the 42nd minute after taking a diagonal pass from junior midfielder Natalie Ieyoub and dribbling around Kentucky goalkeeper Kayla Price for a shot just beyond the 6-yard box.

Martineau earned her the first multigoal of her career in the 67th minute after taking a pass from Taryne Boudreau and scoring inside the far post from 10 yards out.

“We knew coming in that this was a big game for our team with what we want to accomplish. … I’m proud for the way we competed today to get a big win on the road,” Martineau said.

The Tigers are 10-4-1, 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky falls to 10-4, 3-3.

Senior goalkeeper Mo Isom made three big saves to record her fifth shutout of the season.

Volleyball

NO. 13 FLORIDA SWEEPS TIGERS: In Gainesville, Fla., Kristy Jaeckel and Stephanie Ferrell provided 11 kills each and No. 13 Florida had a .368 team hitting percentage for a 3-0 sweep over the LSU volleyball team, 25-16, 25-23, 25-8.

Kelly Murphy had 21 assists, six digs and four kills for the Florida (13-3, 6-1 SEC), and Taylor Unroe had 16 digs.

“Murphy is a great player,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “When her offense isn’t working, she’s going to find a way to influence play and help others.”

Madie Jones, Michele Williams and Desiree Elliott paced the Tigers (11-6, 4-3) with six kills each. Malorie Pardo had 21 assists, and Meghan Mannari had 14 digs.

LSU hosts Georgia at 7 pm. Friday.

Women’s tennis

RAIN CANCELS PLAY AT RICE INVITATIONAL: In Houston, canceled the final day of the Rice Invitational. LSU next plays at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southern Regional on Friday, Oct. 21, in Birmingham, Ala.

Men’s golf

TIGERS TO PLAY AT JACK NICKLAUS INVITATIONAL: In Dublin, Ohio, the LSU men’s golf team opens play Monday in Ohio State’s two-day, 54-hole Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

The 12-team field includes No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Illinois.