LSU put itself in a contending position for one of six advancing spots Thursday at the NCAA Baton Rouge women’s golf regional tournament at the University Club.
The 12th-seeded Lady Tigers posted an 11-over total of 299 in the play five, count four scoring system and are three shots out of the final qualifying position for the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon, later this month.
LSU was off the back nine to open the 54-hole event at 7:30 a.m. and had the advantage early of good weather conditions and little wind.
LSU had 10 birdies on holes 10 through 18, the first nine of the round ,and put themselves in good position to battle through the front nine as the wind picked up and the course continued to dry out.
“We teed off early before the wind picked up and had a fantastic first nine holes,” coach Karen Bahnsen said. “The wind started picking up and we made a few mistakes here and there. Overall, I’m really pleased. A lot of things can happen the first day of a tournament and you can shoot yourself in the foot or keep yourself in contention. We kept ourselves in contention and that is what it is all about. Day one is in the books and I think we are still in there fighting for it. We are in a position where we can fight for it.”
Only Washington was able to break par on the day and Washington’s 2-under 286 total is the lowest team score by a women’s collegiate team in competition on the renovated layout that has been in play since 2011.
“I am really pleased,” Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. “This golf course is not easy, and you put the situation on top of that, it makes for a tough few days. I was really proud of them.
“They were so gritty and so tough. They just absolutely battled.”
South Carolina is second at 2-over 290 with Oregon two more back at 292 in third. Florida is fourth at 293, Houston is at 295 and Arizona State is in the sixth and final qualifying position in the tournament at 295.
Top seed Duke is tied with BYU for seventh in front of LSU at 298.
Tulane’s Opfer in seventh
In Bryan, Texas, senior Madison Opfer fired a 2-under 70 and is in seventh place while the Tulane combined for a 10-over 298 total and is in 12th place following the first round of the NCAA Bryan regional at the Traditions Club.
Tulane will join golfers from SMU and Indiana for Friday’s second round and the groups will start from the 10th tee at 9 a.m.