The No. 9-ranked LSU men’s golf team opens the season with a trip to The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Georgia, at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic beginning Friday.

The Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic will feature a 14-team field, including six teams that competed in the NCAA Championships a year ago and five teams ranked in the Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason Top 25 national poll.

The field will also include No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama, No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 12 South Carolina and No. 20 Auburn. Rounding out the field are Chattanooga, Clemson, Florida, Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, North Florida, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

LSU’s contingent will feature Stewart Jolly, Zach Wright, Ben Taylor, Eric Ricard and Blake Caldwell.

The Tom Fazio design at The Farm Golf Club will play to a par 72 and 7,012 yards during the three-day, 54-hole event running Friday through Sunday.

Friday’s opening round is set to begin at 6:30 a.m. with tee times on holes No. 1 and No. 10.


LSU TO FACE TCU ON ROAD: After kicking off the campaign with a four-game season-opening homestand, LSU will go on the road for the first time this season Friday night to face TCU at 7 p.m. CT at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

The Tigers (3-1) and Horned Frogs (1-3) renewed their series a year ago after last facing one another in back-to-back seasons in 1998 and 1999, playing to a scoreless draw at the LSU Soccer Stadium last season.

LSU has a 1-1-1 mark against the Horned Frogs.

The Tigers have featured a diverse attack with striker Lexi Gibbs and midfielder Natalia Gomez-Junco chipping in with two goals apiece through the first four matches of the season.

Also, 10 different Tigers have an assist.

Goalkeeper Lily Alfeld has posted 2-0 shutout of Troy and a 3-0 shutout over Nicholls State.

Women’s golf

SAGSTROM HELPS SWEDEN WITH BOGEY-FREE 68 IN WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: In Karuizawa, Japan, LSU senior women’s golfer Madelene Sagstrom helped her Swedish team move up from 10th to fourth with a bogey-free round of 68 on the second day of the World Amateur Team Championships.

Sagstrom birdied two front nine par 5s and then eagled the par five 496-yard 15th hole to finish 36 holes at 4-under par 140. Along with a 67 by teammate Linnea Strom, Sweden posted 9-under for the round and stands at 10-under par 278 after 36 holes.

Sweden, a two-time winner of the Espirito Santo trophy, is four shots off the lead of Team Canada in the 50-team field at 14-under 274.

Sagstrom, who has had one eagle and six birdies to go with 25 pars in her first 36 holes, is 17th in the individual competition, which is led by Brooke Henderson of Canada at 9-under 135 (69-66).

LSU’s other golfers in the event did not have counting scores on the second day of the 72-hole play three, count two scores for your country. Caroline Nistrup shot a second straight 74 for Denmark and is at 4-over 148, tied for 64th in the individual event. Denmark is tied for 10th after 36 holes at 6-under 282.

Nadine Dreher posted a 78 and is at 10-over 154, tied for 104th. Austria is tied for 17th at even par 288.

Round three begins late Thursday/early Friday.