Golfers tie for 4th in Florida

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Heavy rain Tuesday at Sawgrass Country Club forced the cancelation of the final round of the John Hayt Invitational as the 12th-ranked LSU men’s golf team finished in a tie for fourth place with its team score of 11-over 587 in 36 holes.

Monday’s scores provided the official results of this year’s championship, as the Tigers tied for fourth with No. 7-ranked Florida, No. 14-ranked Arkansas and North Texas.

The 25th-ranked North Florida Ospreys defended their home course by firing a winning 36-hole score of 17-under 559.

No. 14-ranked Duke finished as the runner-up at 5-under par 571, followed by Central Florida in third place overall at 9-over par 585.

Sophomore Curtis Thompson finished as the top LSU player by tying for 12th place with a two-round total of par 144.

The Tigers will return to action next week with an appearance at the Louisiana Classics, hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette, at Oakbourne Country Club.

Women’s golf

LADY TIGERS FINISH SIXTH IN SUGAR BOWL INTERCOLLEGIATE: In New Orleans, strong winds sent scores higher Tuesday at English Turn Golf and Country Club during the final round of the rain-shortened Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, but the LSU women’s golf team moved up two spots to finish in sixth place.

Much as they did late in the fall semester, the Lady Tigers continued to show improvement.

They posted a 36-hole score of 16-over 592 with a final-round total coming on a day in which the average score was more three strokes higher than the day before.

UCLA won a one-hole playoff for the title over Southern California after the pair were tied after 36 holes at 4-over 580.

Duke was third at 583, with Tulane (589) and Purdue (591) finishing in front of LSU.

The Tigers were led on the final day by sophomore Madelene Sagstrom and freshman Elise Bradley. Sagstrom moved up 28 places on the final day to tie for 13th place after a par-72 round moved her to 2-over 146. Bradley also finished in the 13th-place tie with the same 36-hole total.

Lindsay Gahm moved up six spots to tie for 35th at 6-over 150.

LSU’s other counting score on the day was Nadine Dreher with a 78.

The LSU women’s golf team returns to Baton Rouge for a week before going to the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C., March 8-10.

Track and field

LADY TIGERS HOLD TOP SPOT, TIGERS MOVE UP IN RANKINGS: Emerging from the SEC Indoor Championships with three NCAA-leading performances this weekend, the LSU women earned a No. 1 national ranking for the third straight week, and the men’s team moved up three spots to No. 13 nationally in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 released Tuesday.

Following the Lady Tigers in this week’s power ranking is three-time defending NCAA Indoor champion and No. 2-ranked Oregon, No. 3-ranked Kansas, No. 4-ranked Arkansas and No. 5-ranked Clemson.

The Tigers are up three spots to No. 13 in this week’s USTFCCCA Top 25 men’s power ranking as they are poised for a Top 10 finish at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships to run at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 8-9.