Sagstrom leads; LSU women’s golfers in second

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — LSU women’s golfer Madelene Sagstrom surged to the individual lead Saturday with a 4-under par second round, and LSU is in second, three shots off the lead after 36 holes of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the Long Cove Club.

Sagstrom had five birdies in a round of 67 to open a three-shot advantage while looking for her first collegiate victory. The sophomore stands at 4-under 138 (71-67) on the 6,211, par-71 course behind Noemi Jimenez of Arizona State (72-69 – 141, -1) and five ahead of Vanderbilt’s Irina Gabasa at 1-over 143 (75-68).

LSU freshman Elise Bradley, who had a 1-under 70 for a two-day total of 7-over 149 is in for a tie for 20th, a move of 32 places up the standings from day one.

Lindsay Gahm had a 2-over 73 and is also tied for 20th at 149, a move of 14 places up from round one.

The three SEC schools, Vanderbilt, LSU and Alabama, will be paired together in the final-round shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

At Hilton Head, S.C.

Second round team results (Par 284-568)

1. Vanderbilt 296-282—578 (+10). 2. LSU 295-286—581 (+13). 3. Alabama 297-288—585 (+17). 4. Arkansas 293-298—591 (+23). 5. North Carolina 295-299 —594 (+26). 5. Arizona State 297-297—594 (+26). 7. Tennessee 297-301—598 (+30). 8. UCF 298-302—600 (+32). 9. Virginia 301-303—604 (+36). 10. Georgia 308-299—607 (+39). 11. TCU 311-305—616 (+48). 12. South Carolina 314-305— 619 (+51). 12. Furman 313-306—619 (+51). 14. Wake Forest 304-320—624 (+56). 15. Auburn 315-316—631 (+63).

Individual top 5 (par 71-142): 1. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 71-67 —138 (-4). 2. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State, 72-69—141 (-1). 3. Irina Gabasa, Vanderbilt, 75-68—143 (+1). 4. Danie Ordonez, Arizona State, 73-71—144 (+2); 4. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt, 73-71—144 (+2); 4. Casey Grice, North Carolina, 71-73—144 (+2).

LSU scores: 1. Madelene Sagstrom, 71-67—138 (-4). T20. Elise Bradley 79-70—149 (+7); T20. Lindsay Gahm 76-73—149 (+7). T26. Nadine Dreher 74-76—150 (+8). T35. Ali Lucas 74-77—151 (+9).

Women’s tennis

LADY TIGERS TO FACE NO. 6 ALABAMA: LSU continues its weekend on the road and take on the No. 6 Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Alabama Tennis Complex.

“There were a lot of positives from our match against Auburn,” LSU coach Julia S. Sell said. “We just have to continue to get better with each match we play. It will be a fun match with the men playing at the same time, so we’re going to enjoy it and work hard.”

LSU (7-6, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) kicked off its weekend with a 7-0 loss at Auburn.

The Lady Tigers hold a 28-12 overall record against the Crimson Tide (11-1, 3-0 SEC).

Men’s tennis

TIGERS TO FACE TIDE ON SUNDAY: The No. 53 LSU men’s tennis team travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face No. 31 Alabama (10-5, 1-2 SEC) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

“Alabama has been playing at a high level their last couple of weeks,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “We’re working on ourselves right now trying to put together a solid match on the road to give ourselves something to build on.”

The Tigers (5-5, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) are still looking for their first SEC victory after losing to No. 37 Auburn 5-2 on Friday in Baton Rouge. Alabama earned its first conference win of the season on Friday with a 6-1 road win over No. 42 Arkansas.