Eighth-ranked Arkansas may have extended its lead after Saturday’s second round of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, but the Lady Razorbacks have a plenty of company behind them to make things interesting, including 30th-ranked LSU, which made a strong rally from eighth to second at the University Club.
LSU posted the second-best round of the event, a six-over 294, to move from eighth place and 13 shots back to a tie for second with Tulane at 10 shots back. LSU is at 24-over par 600 (306-294), while the Wave has a 600 on rounds of 298-302.
Arkansas posted rounds of 293-297 for a 14-over 590. The Lady Razorbacks try for their second LSU Tiger Golf Classic title in the past three years, having won in 2011 with a score of 888.
LSU junior Lindsay Gahm fired back-to-back rounds of even-par 72 to stand 144 and in a four-way tie for the lead entering Sunday’s final round. For the second straight day, Gahm got to 2-under on the round but had two bogeys over the final four holes to settle for even.
Gahm is trying to become the ninth LSU individual to win the tournament in its 30-plus year history. Megan McChrystal was the last to take home the trophy in the 2010 event played at English Turn. The last LSU golfer to win on the University Club course was Meredith Duncan in 2002.
In the two years, the event has been played at the renovated U-Club layout, Lindy Duncan of Duke won in a playoff after tying at 2-over 218. Last year, Catherine O’Donnell of North Carolina and Erica Popson of Tennessee tied at 2-under 214 and were declared co-champs because of time constraints.
Popson is in position to be the first player to win the tournament back-to-back and twice as she is tied with Gahm at the top of the board after rounds of 71-73. Popson had the lead and had her round to 2-under (3-under for the tournament) until she double-bogeyed the par-5 third hole (her 15th of the day) and bogeyed the par-4 fourth (her 16th).
Also tied for the lead are Ericka Schneider of Ole Miss (75-69) and Emily Tubert of Arkansas (72-72). Schneider had a four-birdie final 14 holes to shoot her 69 and Tubert birdied two of the final four holes to get back to even.
Four more golfers, including Maribel Lopez Porras of Tulane (71-74) are tied at 1-over 145.
LSU sophomore Madelene Sagstrom is at 2-over 146 by herself in 9th place after firing a 4-under 68 in the second round after her opening 78. She moved up 25 spots in the standings. Sagstrom had six birdies in her round in her round, posting 2-under 34s on both sides. Sagstrom would have posted the lowest score for women on the renovated course at 68, but Georgia’s Kailey Walsh, playing as an individual, topped her with a 5-under 67, the lowest score by a female collegiate player in the three years the tournament has been held at the renovated course, which plays at 6,300-yards for the tournament.
LSU also got a 15-shot improvement from junior Ali Lucas,who posted a 1-under round of 71.
Tulane also got counting scores of 75 from Emily Penttila, 76 from Silvia Garces and 77 from Gemma Dryburgh. Penettila and Opfer are tied for 24th at 152.
ULM finished the second day in 13th place at 642 (323-319). The Warhawks have been paced by Valentine Loge at 8-over 152 (77-75), who is tied for 24th.
Sunday’s final round is set for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with Arkansas, LSU and Tulane in the final wave that will start on the first three holes.
Admission to the U-Club is free for the tournament.