LSU women’s golfers in lead at SEC tournament

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — LSU juniors Ali Lucas and Lindsay Gahm each posted 2-over par rounds of 74 to help the 31st-ranked LSU women’s golf team move to the top of the leaderboard at the rain-delayed Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship Friday at the Founder’s Course of Greystone Country Club.

The Lady Tigers, off the tee first after a four-hour rain delay along with Kentucky and Tennessee, were able to post a score and watch the rest of the field come back to them.

LSU was 13th in the standings at one point but far ahead of the field in number of holes to play and gradually as the holes equaled out, LSU found itself on top with a one-day score of 15-over 303.

Lucas and Gahm are in a group tied for third individually, one shot out of the lead entering Saturday’s second round.

“It’s about trying to minimize mistakes,” LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said. “We did make a few mistakes out there. It’s a tough course. There are a lot of tough pins out there, but there are going to be a lot of tough pins every day. But it’s just keeping your mind there and fighting all the way to the end because you can’t give in to this golf course.”

First-round team standings (Par 288): 1. LSU 303 +15; 2. Alabama 304 +16; 3. Georgia 306 +18; 3. Kentucky 306 +18; 3. Mississippi State 306 +18; 3. South Carolina 306 +18; 7. Vanderbilt 309 +21; 8. Tennessee 312 +24; 8. Missouri 312 +24; 10. Arkansas 313 +25; 11. Florida 315 +27; 12. Ole Miss 317 +29; 13. Texas A&M 318 +30; 14. Auburn 321 +33.

Individual top 10 (Par 72): 1. Sarah Harris, Kentucky, 73 +1; 1. Stani Schiavone, Mississippi, 73 +1; 3. Ali Lucas, LSU, 74 +2; 3. Lindsay Gahm, LSU, 74 +2; 3. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia, 74 +2; 3. Justine Dreher, South Carolina, 74 +2; 7. Sara Monberg, Tennessee, 75 +3; 7. Mary L. Gallagher, Miss. State, 75 +3; 7. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt, 75 +3; 7. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama, 75 +3; 7. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 75 +3.

LSU individuals: T3. Ali Lucas, 74 +2. T3. Lindsay Gahm, 74 +2. T12. Madelen Sagstrom, 76 +4. T41. Nadine Dreher, 78 +6. T47. Elise Bradley, 80 +8

Men’s golf

LSU SEVENTH AT SEC TOURNAMENT: In St. Simons Island, Ga., led by a 1-under par 69 by sophomore Curtis Thompson and an even-par 70 by junior Andrew Presley, the 15th-ranked LSU men’s golf team wrapped up the first round of the Southeastern Conference Championships in seventh place with a team score of 8-over par 288 in Friday’s opening round at Sea Island Golf Club.

Thompson cracked the individual top 5 as he holed out with a 1-under 69 to finish the day in a seven-way tie for fifth place in the individual standings.

The Tigers are paired with Kentucky and Missouri in Saturday’s second round and will tee off from the first tee at 6:30 a.m.

First-round results

Team scores (Par 285): 1. Auburn, 275 (-5). 2. South Carolina, 279 (-1). 3. Georgia, 281 (+1). 4. Alabama, 283 (+3). 5. Texas A&M, 285 (+5). 6. Mississippi State, 286 (+6). 7. LSU, 288 (+8). 8. Kentucky, 291 (+11). 9. Missouri, 292 (+12). 10. Vanderbilt, 295 (+15). T11. Arkansas, 297 (+17); T11. Ole Miss, 297 (+17). 13. Tennessee, 299 (+19). 14. Florida, 301 (+21).

Top 10 individuals: 1. Caleb Sturgeon, South Carolina, 65 (-5). T2. Niclas Carlsson, Auburn, 66 (-4); T2. Michael Hebert, Auburn, 66 (-4); T2. Nicholas Reach, Georgia, 66 (-4). T5. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 69 (-1); T5. Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas, 69 (-1); T5. Dykes Harbin, South Carolina, 69 (-1); T5. Trey Mullinax, Alabama 69 (-1); T5. Matthew NeSmtih, South Carolina, 69 (-1); T5. Chad Ramey, Mississippi State, 69 (-1); T5. Cory Whitsett, Alabama, 69 (-1).

LSU individuals: T5. Curtis Thompson, 69 (-1). T12. Andrew Presley, 70 (E). T35. Stewart Jolly, 74 (+4). T43. Zach Wright, 75 (+5). T55. Myles Lewis, 77 (+7).

Women’s basketball

JUNIOR COLLEGE GUARD HARDEN SIGNS: LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell announced the signing of 5-foot-9 junior college All-America point guard DaShawn Harden of Johnson County (Kan.) Community College.

Harden was recently named to the WBCA Junior College All-America First Team after guiding Johnson County CC to a 30-2 overall record, a No. 1 national ranking in the NJCAA Division II poll and a second straight East Jayhawk Conference championship.

“DaShawn is the type of player who will make an immediate impact for our team,” Caldwell said.

“Coming from a program coached by Ben Conrad and ranked No. 1 in junior college, you can expect DaShawn to be a tough player at the guard position.”

Harden earned MVP honors of the East Jayhawk Conference after posting 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a sophomore. She ranked third in the conference in scoring, first in 3-point accuracy (43 percent), first in free throw accuracy (.791), fourth in 3-point field goals made (53) and fourth in steals. Harden averaged 22.5 points in the Region VI tournament.