HILTON HEAD, S.C. — The LSU women’s golf team will take part in one of the fastest rising women’s collegiate events of the spring, the third Darius Rucker Intercollegiate that begins with the first of three rounds 7 a.m. CST Friday.
Rucker, the award-winning singer originally leading Hootie and the Blowfish and now a hit-making country artist, has not only put his name to this event but performs a pre-event concert for all the teams on the night before play begins.
The event has drawn a star-studded field with LSU and host South Carolina being joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Duke, Furman, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.
This is also one of the rare events played on a par 71 course with a par 35 back nine that features just one par five on the 6,100-yard layout.
LSU hopes to continue at Hilton Head the play from its opening event. The Lady Tigers are coming off a strong finish in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans. The Lady Tigers were as much as 11-over par through the first seven holes and came back to finish the 54-hole event just 8-over par.
There is a 70 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the 40s on Friday with better weather in the 60s on Saturday and Sunday.
LADY TIGERS TO HOST NO. 4 ALABAMA: LSU women’s tennis is set to square off against No. 4 Alabama at 4 p.m. Friday in W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
LSU is 7-4 on the season and 0-2 in the SEC after dropping a 7-0 decision to No. 8 Vanderbilt on Sunday. Each of the Lady Tigers’ four losses has been against a Top 35 opponent. Alabama is 10-2, 2-0.
“Our conference is so strong,” LSU coach Julia Sell said. “That’s one of the wonderful things about it. There are four teams from the SEC in the Top 10 right now, and Alabama is one of them. We’ve played a lot of strength. Right now it’s more about us. We are focusing on ourselves and making ourselves better each week.”
LSU leads the all-time series against Alabama 28-13. The Tide won the last meeting 6-1 on March 10.
Friday’s match is part of Campus Kid’s day. There will be free prizes and drinks, on-court promotions and more. Mike the Tiger will be in attendance as well.
“It’s a great time for fans to come out,” said Sell. “Our rivalry with Alabama is amazing and it’s always a competitive match. We’ve got a lot of nice giveaways. We are going to feed people and bring treats.”
TIGERS WELCOME ALABAMA, ALCORN STATE: The LSU men’s tennis team hosts a Friday doubleheader with the No. 38 Alabama Crimson Tide and Alcorn State Braves.
The Alabama match will begin at 1 p.m. at Dub Robinson Stadium and the match with Alcorn St. will begin at 6 p.m. at the Manship YMCA on Perkins Road.
“This will be a high energy, competitive college match,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “The two teams are evenly matched, and we know each other well.”
LSU (6-5, 0-2 SEC) comes into the match after a hard-fought weekend of SEC play against two top 25 teams. The Tigers finished 1-3 on the weekend after losses to No. 25 Kentucky and No. 14 Vanderbilt and a victory against the University of New Orleans.
Alabama (7-6, 1-1 SEC) comes into the match after a 4-2 win at Ole Miss on Sunday following a 4-3 loss at No. 16 Mississippi State on Friday.