ATHENS, Ga. — Junior Lindsay Gahm and sophomore Madelene Sagstrom had strong back nines to shoot 1-over 73s for the LSU women’s golf team in the first round of the Liz Murphey NCAA Fall Preview on Friday at the University Golf Course.
Gahm and Sagstrom are tied for 14th in the Preview event on the site of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Championships in May. Erynne Lee of UCLA posted the best score of the first round at 4-under 68.
Both Gahm and Sagstrom improved their round over the final nine holes, especially Sagstrom, who opened the tournament double-bogey, par, double-bogey. Sagstrom birdied the par-four sixth hole and then birdied the par-3 16th and par-5 17th to shoot 34 on the back nine to get in at 1-over 73.
Gahm bogeyed two holes on the front side and came back with a birdie of her own on the 16th hole to also finish at 73.
As a team, the Lady Tigers posted a 17-over 305, tied for 16th in the 18-team field, counting a 7-over 79 from Nadine Dreher and an 8-over 80 from Katrina Hegge.
Auburn is the tournament leader at 1-under 287, the only team to break par on the opening day, with UCLA second at 294 and Southern Cal and Denver tied for third at 7-over 295.
The second round of the 54-hole event is scheduled for Saturday morning. Follow live scoring of the event at www.LSUsports.net through Golfstatresults.com.
Team results (Par 288)
1. Auburn 287-1; 2. UCLA 294 +6; 3. Southern Cal 295 +7; 3. Denver 295 +7; 5. Georgia 296 +8; 5. Alabama 296 +8; 7. North Carolina 297 +9; 7. Vanderbilt 297 +9; 9. Virginia 298 +10; 10. Oklahoma 299 +11; 10. Texas A&M 299 +11; 12. Tulane 300 +12; 12. Purdue 300 +12; 14. Tennessee 302 +14; 14. Duke 302 +14; 16. South Carolina 305 +17; 16. LSU 305 +17; 18. California 306 +18.
Individual results (Par 72)
1. Erynne Lee, UCLA, 68 -4; 2. Collins Bradshaw, Georgia, 69 -3; 2. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver, 69 -3; 4. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 70 -2; 4. Brittany Altomare, Virginia, 70 -2.
T14. Lindsay Gahm, 73 +1; T14. Madelene Sagstrom, 73 +1; T77. Nadine Dreher, 79 +7; T83. Katrina Hegge, 80 +8; T87. Elise Bradley, 81 +9
TIGERS TO HOST DAVID TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE: LSU returns home to host the David Toms Intercollegiate as the 12th-ranked Tigers welcome eight schools on Saturday and Sunday at the University Club.
The two-day, 54-hole championship tees off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. as teams play two rounds on the opening day of competition. The third and final round follows on Sunday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
The course will play to a par 72, 7,578 yards for the championship.
The Tigers captured back-to-back team championships when the David Toms Intercollegiate was held at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge during the fall of 2009 and 2010, while they brought home a fourth-place team finish from Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport last season.
The nine-team field: LSU, Tulsa, Lamar, Ole Miss, UAB, Mississippi State, South Alabama, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson to lead LSU’s five-man starting lineup that also features Andrew Presley, Myles Lewis and Zach Wright.
The Baton Rouge Community College baseball team will host the Bayou Challenge on Saturday at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium.
The four-team field will include BRCC, Delgado Community College, LSU Eunice and State College of Florida.
BRCC will play Delgado at 10 a.m.; Delgado will take on State College at 1 p.m.; State College will play LSU Eunice at 7 p.m. and BRCC and LSUE will conclude to round-robin at 7 p.m.
The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-and-up and free for chlidren 11 and under.
LSU DROPS 2-0 DECISION TO FLORIDA: the homestanding LSU Tigers conceded a pair of goals late in the second half to the 16th-ranked Florida Gators as they suffered a 2-0 defeat in Southeastern Conference play Friday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman saved the first seven shots on goal she faced, but the Tigers (5-5-4, 1-4-2 SEC) were unable to withstand the Florida (9-3-1, 6-1) attack while seeing their two-game SEC unbeaten streak snapped.
The Tigers return action Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when they welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores.
FOUR GAMES SET ON SATURDAY: LSU will return to competition for the first time since its run to the Women’s College World Series and will open the fall season with four games over the weekend at Tiger Park.
LSU will face Lamar (4:30 p.m. Saturday), Belhaven (7 p.m. Saturday), Northwestern State (2 p.m. Sunday) and LSU-Eunice (4 p.m. Sunday). Admission is free to all fall contests at Tiger Park.
The Tigers bring back 13 letterwinners highlighted by NFCA All-America first-team pitcher Rachele Fico and All-SEC freshman pick A.J. Andrews.
Fico posted a 20-13 record, 1.12 ERA, 221 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .183 batting average during her 230.1 innings. All four marks were among the SEC’s top six.
TIGERS EARN WINS AT ITA ALL-AMERICAN: In Tulsa, Okla., LSU’s Olivier Borsos and Chris Simpson each picked up wins in the consolation singles draw at the ITA All-American Championships Thursday at Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Borsos, ranked 18th nationally, fell in the first round of the singles main draw to No. 36 Hernus Pieters of Georgia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, but he rebounded to breeze past No. 69 Spencer Wolf of Northwestern, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round of the consolation bracket.
No. 58 Simpson was one of the final selections for the consolation singles draw, and he did not squander the opportunity as he made quick work of 52nd-ranked Alexis Heugas of Virginia Commonwealth, 6-3, 6-1.
In the first round of main draw doubles, No. 24 Boris Arias and Simpson lost to Virginia’s Alex Domijan and Harrison Richmond, 8-6.
In the second round of the singles consolation draw, Borsos will square off against No. 46 Daniel Whitehead of Texas, and Simpson will play No. 21 Jonas Lutjen of Ole Miss. Both matches will begin at 9 a.m.
The team of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias defeated 13th-ranked Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne of Purdue, 8-3, in the consolation doubles first round.
Simpson and Arias, ranked No. 24, traded games early with the Purdue pair to get out to a 3-2 lead, and then the Tigers broke serve twice to pull away for the 8-3 upset win.
The duo could not maintain the momentum in the second round as they fell 8-5 to Columbia’s Ashok Narayan and Max Schur.
LSU COMPLETES FIRST DAY OF COMPETITION AT RICE INVITATIONAL: In Houston, Caroline Hudson of the LSU women’s tennis team advanced in both singles and doubles in the Rice Invitational along with senior Kaitlin Burns, who will continue to the next round in singles.
Hudson, a former University High School standout, is competing in doubles alongside Klaudia Gawlik of McNeese, and together the pair defeated Emily Conrad and Madelyn Walker of Abilene Christian University 8-6. The freshman then wrapped up her first day of competition with a quick win in singles over Gabriella Jansson of the University of Houston 6-0, 6-1. Hudson will take on Brooke Dennis of UTA on Saturday.
In her first action of the season, Burns came back from a first set loss to take the match over Heidi Stewart of SMU 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
The senior will compete against Stephanie Nguyen of Rice in the second round Saturday.
Mary Jeremiah, Ariel Morton, and Ella Taylor will enter the consolation rounds of their singles flights. The Jeremiah and Taylor pair along with the Morton and Burns duo will also enter their doubles consolation flights.
Doubles play is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. All second-round singles and doubles matches, including consolation rounds, are also Saturday.
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