PALO ALTO, Calif. — The LSU women’s golf team begins its quest for a spot in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships when it tees off Thursday morning in the NCAA West Regional at the University of Stanford Golf Course.
The top eight teams from each of the three regionals will advance. Auburn and Oklahoma are hosting the other two regionals.
LSU is the 10th seed in the West Regional. The 30th-ranked Lady Tigers are intheir 19th regional in the 21 years since the format started in 1993. LSU finished in a tie for first last year at the West Regional. The Lady Tigers hope to advance to the championship for the fifth time in the past six years.
The West Regional field: 1. Southern Cal; 2. Arizona; 3. Vanderbilt; 4. Purdue; 5. Stanford; 6. Georgia; 7. Baylor; 8. Texas A&M; 9. Pepperdine; 10. LSU; 11. Denver; 12. South Carolina; 13. Ohio State; 14. Oregon; 15. UNLV; 16. California; 17. Florida State; 18. Miami; 19. San Jose State; 20. Harvard; 21. Kent State; 22. Northern Arizona; 23. North Dakota State; 24. Long Island.
LSU will go with the lineup it has used in the past several tournaments with Swedish sophomore Madelene Sagstrom leading off, followed by junior Lindsay Gahm, junior Ali Lucas, and freshmen Elise Bradley and Nadine Dreher.
Sagstrom is a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. She has three top-five tournament finishes with a stroke average of 73.42.
The Stanford Golf Course will play to a par 71 and 6,267 yards.
“It’s a very good site,” coach Karen Bahnsen said. “We are excited to be out here. We are very familiar with the golf course ... so I’m looking forward to having this team play the golf course. It’s just a matter of us going out and playing some good golf.”
Gahm will be playing in her third regional, one with Indiana and one with LSU. Lucas, Bradley and Dreher will be on the course for their first NCAA regional.
Gahm averaged 74.58 for the Lady Tigers, while Lucas posted 76.52, Bradley 77.00 and Dreher 77.08. LSU averaged 299 as a team and has seven top-10 finishes this season, including a second-place finish in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and a third in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
LSU will play with Denver and South Carolina in the first wave off No. 10 tee.