It’s been 23 years since the LSU women’s golf team last won the Southeastern Conference championship. It’s been 28 years for the LSU men.
Both LSU teams have excellent shots to break those droughts as they compete in this week’s conference championships, the women in Birmingham, Alabama, the men in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 4 nationally, the LSU men No. 7.
“We are looking forward to it,” LSU women’s coach Karen Bahnsen said. “Our team is ready and we are very excited about how the team has stayed in the moment all spring and worked so hard to prepare for each event.”
The Lady Tigers are looking to continue the momentum of their past five regular-season tournaments when they tee off Friday morning at Greystone Golf and Country Club.
LSU comes in having finished first, second, first, second and first in its last five tournaments, recording multiple wins for the first time since 2012.
The Lady Tigers also have three individual winners this year — Madelene Sagstrom and Caroline Nistrup tied for first in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate and Elise Bradley won the LSU Tiger Golf Classic last time out at the University Club.
Sagstrom, Nistrup and Bradley are ranked in the top 20 in the national Golfweek rankings. Sagstrom, a senior from Sweden, is ranked second in the nation, Nistrup 15th and Bradley 19th.
The Lady Tigers’ only team title came in 1992 at Santa Maria Golf Club.
With three tournament titles to their credit, the LSU men will look to contend starting Friday at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course. It’s the 13th time in 15 years the club has hosted the event.
The Tigers haven’t won the SEC team title since claiming back-to-back championships in 1986-87. LSU has won 15 SEC titles, tied with Florida for second-most in conference history.
LSU’s lineup features senior All-Americans Stewart Jolly and Ben Taylor, junior standout Zach Wright and sophomores Brandon Pierce and Eric Ricard.
The Tigers came as close as they have in 25 seasons to winning the SEC title a year ago. LSU fired a school-record final round of 17-under par 263 to finish runner-up to Alabama (806), with the Tigers’ final total of 18-under par 822 the lowest non-winning score in the 78-year history of the SEC championships.
LSU wrapped up its regular season on April 5 with an appearance at Texas A&M’s Aggie Invitational. The Tigers took home a fourth-place team finish in the event held at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.