Women’s golf team tied for fourth

Tigers in 10th after second round

Birmingham, Ala. — The second round of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship for the LSU Lady Tigers may have been summed up in two shots on the 15th hole late on Saturday afternoon at Founders Course of the Greystone Country Club.

Ali Lucas of LSU punched her approach shot on the 522-yard par 5 right near the flag and watched as the ball hit and bounced in a 90-degree angle some 10 yards off the green forcing her into a situation that ended up as a bogey.

Lindsay Gahm followed her and had a long birdie putt on the same hole that would have sped several feet by except it hit the cup hard, bounced up briefly, and dropped in for the 4. It was a break that seemed few and far between for LSU on the second day of the three-day championships.

Although the weather greatly improved, the average score remained almost the same for the event going from 78.59 to 78.44. After the par 3 fourth was the toughest hole on the course Friday, the par 4 third gave the players the most trouble at 0.81 in relation to par.

That was a hole that LSU struggled on early posting three double bogeys and a bogey for the four counting scores.

The Lady Tigers would finish the day with a 23-over par 311 to stand in a tie for fourth with Kentucky at 38-over par 614 (303-311). Alabama took over the lead from LSU as the defending national champs and this year’s No. 2 team in the Golfstat rankings posted by far the best round of the first two days at 5-over 293 to stand at 21-over par 597.

“It was just one of those days when they didn’t get it in the hole,” said LSU coach Karen Bahnsen. “Did they try? Absolutely. It just wasn’t a very good day. The wind was swirling and it seemed every club we picked was the wrong one. I hate to say that, but it was one of those days that no matter how hard we tried to think it through and do it the right way, it was just not it.

“We can’t let (Saturday) define us,” Bahnsen said. “I told them to put it behind us and get over it. What are we going to do (Sunday)? We are going to go out and play a good round. Build for that; don’t let this beat you up. It’s one round in the life of things. It was not good. But we can’t let that define us and I refuse to let it. We are going to keep fighting for it.”

The final round is set to begin Sunday at 8 a.m.

Team scores

Second Round

(Par 288-576)

1. Alabama (304-293—597) +21; 2. Mississippi State (306-303—609) +33; 3. Georgia (306-305—611) +35; T4. Kentucky (306-308 = 614) +38; T4. LSU (303-311—614) +38; 6. South Carolina (306-309—615) +39; 7. Vanderbilt (309-309 —618) +42; T8. Arkansas (313-308— = 621) +45; T8. Tennessee (312-309—621) +45; T10. Texas A&M (318-309—627) +51; T10. Auburn (321-306—627) +51; T12. Missouri (312-321—633) +57; T12. Florida (315-318 —633) +57; 14. Ole Miss (317-321— 638) +62.

Top-10 Individuals

1. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 75-69—144 E; 2. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama, 75-71—146 +2; 3. Ally McDonald, Miss. State, 77-70—147 +3; 4. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt, 75-73—148 +4; T5. Liz Breed, Kentucky, 76-73—149 +5; T5. Sarah Harris, Kentucky, 73-76—149 +5; T7. Justine Dreher, South Carolina, 74-76—150 +6; T7. Mary Gallagher, Miss. State, 75-75—150 +6; T7. Emily Tubert, Arkansas, 76-74—150 +6; T10. Victoria Trapani, Auburn, 78-73—151 +7; T10. Amira Alexander, Georgia, 78-73—151 +7; T10. Stani Schiavone, Ole Miss, 73-78—151 +7.

LSU Results

T13. Lindsay Gahm, 74-78 — 152 +8; T18. Elise Bradley, 80-74 — 154 +10; T21. Nadine Dreher, 79-76 — 156 +11; T36. Ali Lucas, 74-84 — 158 +14; T42. Madelene Sagstrom, 76-83 — 159 +15.

Men’s golf

TIGERS IN 10TH PLACE AFTER SECOND ROUND: In St. Simons Island, Ga., freshman Zach Wright set the pace for the 15th-ranked LSU Tigers with his performance on the second day of competition at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships as he carded a team-leading 1-over par 71 during Saturday’s action at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club.

After posting a 5-over 75 in his SEC debut on Friday, Wright climbed 12 spots up the leaderboard with his 1-over 71 on Saturday to finish the afternoon in a tie for 31st place with a 36-hole score of 6-over 146.

The Tigers wrapped up the day in 10th place in the team standings with a two-day team total of 24-over par 584, including their score of 16-over par 296 in the second round.

The 30th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks fired a team score of 4-under par 276 to overcome a four-shot deficit at the start of the round and climb into the lead at 5-under par 555 for the championship. South Carolina leads second-ranked Alabama by three shots as the Crimson Tide posted a tournament-low 5-under par 275 in the second round to finish the day at 2-under par 558 for the weekend.

After taking a four-shot lead over South Carolina in the opening round, the 19th-ranked Auburn Tigers fell into third place overall following Saturday’s action with their team score of 9-over par 289 on the day. Auburn is nine shots off the pace at 4-over 564 after 36 holes, while 21st-ranked Texas A&M follows in fourth place at 6-over 566 and 13th-ranked Georgia rounds out the top five in fifth place at 10-over 570.

Sophomore Curtis Thompson continues to lead the Tigers on the weekend as he followed his 1-under 69 in the first round with a 5-over 75 in the second round to finish the day in a tie for 22nd place at 4-over 144.

Fellow sophomore Stewart Jolly added a 3-over 73 toward LSU’s team score to wrap up his round in a tie for 36th place on the leaderboard at 7-over par 147, while Andrew Presley follows in a tie for 54th place at 10-over par 150 and sophomore Myles Lewis trails in a tie for 64th place at 14-over par 154 after carding back-to-back rounds of 7-over 77.

TEAM SCORES (Par 560)

1. South Carolina 279-276 – 555 -5; 2. Alabama 283-275 – 558 -2; 3. Auburn 275-289 – 564 +4; 4. Texas A&M 285-281 – 566 +6; 5. Georgia 281-289 – 570 +10; 6. Mississippi State 286-286 – 572 +12; T7. Arkansas 297-280 – 577 +17; T7. Vanderbilt 295-282 – 577 +17; 9. Missouri 292-290 – 582 +22; 10. LSU 288-296 – 584 +24; 11. Florida 301-289 – 590 +30; T12. Ole Miss 297-295 – 592 +32; T12. Tennessee 299-293 – 592 +32; 14. Kentucky 291-302 – 593 +33.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 140)

1. Caleb Sturgeon, South Carolina, 65-67 – 132 -8; T2. Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas, 69-67 – 136 -4; T2. Chad Ramey, Mississippi State, 69-67 – 136 -4; T2. Cory Whitsett, Alabama, 69-67 – 136 -4; T5. Drew Evans, Texas A&M, 72-67 – 139 -1; T5. Michael Hebert, Auburn, 66-73 – 139 -1; T5. Matthew NeSmith, South Carolina, 69-70 – 139 -1; T8. Niclas Carlsson, Auburn, 66-74 – 140 E; T8. Dykes Harbin, South Carolina, 69-71 – 140 E; T8. Tyler McCumber, Florida, 72-68 – 140 E; T8. Trey Mullinax, Alabama, 69-71 – 140 E; T8. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, 73-67 – 140 E.

LSU SCORES

T22. Curtis Thompson, 69-75 – 144 +4; T31. Zach Wright, 75-71—146 +6; T36. Stewart Jolly, 74-73 – 147 +7; T54. Andrew Presley, 70-80 – 150 +10; T64. Myles Lewis, 77-77 – 154 +14.