ROCKY FACE, Ga. — LSU’s Ben Taylor fired a bogey-free round of 5-under par 67 to finish tied atop the leaderboard, and the No. 9-ranked Tigers kicked off their season by posting a team score of 6-under par 282 to take second place in Friday’s opening round at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic at The Farm Golf Club.
LSU is one shot behind Kennesaw State.
Two rounds remain for the 14-team field. LSU has a four-shot edge over Alabama, North Florida and Wake Forest.
The Tigers are paired with Alabama and Kennesaw State in Saturday’s second round.
TEAM SCORES (Par 288)
1. Kennesaw State 281 -7; 2. LSU 282 -6; T3. Alabama 286 -2; T3. North Florida 286 -2; T3. Wake Forest 286 -2; 6. Clemson 287 -1; T7. South Carolina 291 +3; T7. Chattanooga 291 +3; 9. Georgia Tech 293 +5; 10. Auburn 294 +6; 11. Tennessee 296 +8; T12. Middle Tennessee State 300 +12; T12. North Florida 300 +12; 14. Florida 312 +24.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
T1. Ben Taylor, LSU, 67 -5; T1. Andrew Weathers, Chattanooga, 67 -5; T3. Jimmy Beck, Kennesaw State, 68 -4; T3. Davis Womble, Wake Forest, 68 -4; T5. Austin Vick, Kennesaw State, 69 -3; T5. Chad Merzbacher, Tennessee, 69 -3; T5. Kelby Burton, Kennesaw State, 69 -3; T5. William Register, North Carolina, 69 -3; Miller Capps, Clemson, 69 -3; T5. Robby Shelton, Alabama, 69 -3.
T1. Ben Taylor, 67 -5; T13. Stewart Jolly, 71 -1; T13. Zach Wright, 71 -1; T24. Eric Ricard, 73 +1; T59. Blake Caldwell, 77 +5;
TCU BLANKS TIGERS: In Fort Worth, Texas, the Tigers surrendered a pair of second-half goals to TCU’s midfield duo of Michelle Prokof in the 52nd minute and Makenzie Koch in the 61st minute in their first road match of the season at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
The Tigers (3-2) were unable to find the net on any of their 12 shot attempts and five shots on target over the 90 minutes as the Horned Frogs (2-3) improved to 2-1-1 in four meetings in the series.
NISTRUP, SAGSTROM LEAD THEIR COUNTRIES: In Karuizawa, Japan, LSU golfers Caroline Nistrup, representing Denmark, and Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden helped both their countries go a long way to securing top 10 spots for their countries as the 50-country World Women’s Amateur Team Championships concluded its third round late Thursday/early Friday.
Nistrup, who will be a sophomore at LSU this year, fired a team best 5-under par 67 for Denmark over the Oshitate Course with five birdies and no bogeys to help her team to a third-day total of 8-under 136 in the play three-count two scoring system and a 54-hole total of 14-under par 418. That moved Denmark into the top 10 in a tie for sixth with the United States.
Sagstrom, a senior at LSU, had her third straight day with a counting score with a 2-under 70 on the Oshitate Course. Sagstrom’s team was 3-under for the day at 141 and 13-under 419 for the three days, standing in a tie for eighth.