The LSU women’s golf team might not have made it this year, but Lady Tigers senior Elise Bradley is taking her college career to the limit.
The LSU senior from Mandeville begins play Friday in the NCAA women’s championships at Eugene Country Club in Oregon.
While the LSU women’s team was unable to advance to the championships from the regional they hosted at the University Club earlier this month, Bradley qualified by tying for fourth at 3-under for the 54-hole event. Three individual golfers from four regionals whose teams did not advance qualified to go.
Though Bradley won’t have her fellow Lady Tigers to fall back on, she will have experience on her side from last year’s NCAA championships when she tied for 89th at The Concession in Bradenton, Florida.
“Playing in Florida last year gave me a good idea of what to expect going into this year,” said Bradley, an honorable mention All-American as a junior. “Last year was a bit of a shock because, it is a completely different atmosphere.”
All the competitors at the NCAA championships play 54 holes Friday through Sunday before the field is cut to 15 teams and the top nine individuals not on those teams for Monday’s final round.
The NCAA individual champion will be determined Monday, with the top eight teams advancing to compete in match play.
Former LSU golfer Austin Ernst won the NCAA women’s title in 2011 in Bryan, Texas.
Following the women’s championships, the NCAA men’s championships run May 27-June 1, also at Eugene Country Club.
The LSU men, who beat Southern California last year in Bradenton to win the school’s first NCAA golf title in 60 years, qualified for this year’s championships Wednesday by finishing third in the NCAA Franklin (Tennessee) regional.
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