STILLWATER, Okla. — Two teams from outside the top 12 seeds found better playing conditions in the afternoon Thursday and moved into the qualifying top eight after one round of the NCAA Central Regional women’s golf tournament at the Karsten Creek Golf Course on Thursday.
LSU had to play a difficult course in the morning, amid threatening weather with the top 12 seeds. The 14th-ranked Lady Tigers finished with a 21-over-par score of 309. LSU finds itself in a four-way tie for 16th place in the 24-team competition with No. 2-seeded Arkansas, No. 14-seeded Kansas and No. 15-seeded Texas. Each team is seven shots out of the final qualifying spot of eighth place going to Friday’s second of three rounds.
Mississippi State and North Carolina are both tied for eighth in the team standings after matching team scores of 14-over 302 on the first day.
No. 3 seed Alabama and No. 12 seed California wrapped up Thursday’s action in a tie atop the team standings with matching scores of 7-over 295, while No. 7 seed Florida and No. 13 seed Kent State follow one shot back in a tie for third place overall at 8-over 296.
LSU, the fifth seed, and the other top 12 seeds will play last Friday and will have a good indication of what type of number they’ll need to finish in the top eight and advance to the NCAA Women’s Championships later in the month in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The top 12 teams after 36 holes will play together Saturday morning in the final round of the event.
LSU will tee off at noon Friday.
JOLLY, THOMPSON NAMED ALL-SEC: As the 14th-ranked LSU Tigers prepared for postseason play at the NCAA Columbia (Mo.) Regional next weekend, two Tigers were honored with All-Southeastern Conference selections.
Junior Stewart Jolly received first-team honors and junior Curtis Thompson picked up second-team honors Thursday.
Jolly earned All-SEC recognition for the first time in his collegiate career with his first-team selection. It marks the sixth straight season in which an LSU golfer as earned first-team honors.
Thompson, who was named a first-team All-SEC golfer a year ago, made this second team this season.