LSU women’s golfers 12th at West Regional

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The LSU women’s golf team remained in the top 12 after two rounds of the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford University Golf Course and is still alive for a chance to play on in the NCAA Championships.

LSU will get the chance to play in the main wave Saturday morning in the final round and is still in the hunt for a top-eight finish, just six shots behind Georgia. The top eight teams advance from this region to the NCAA Women’s Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course later in the month.

The Lady Tigers, ranked 30th by Golfstat, improved one shot on the second day, shooting a 16-over 300 on the Stanford course to stand at 33-over 601 to stand in 12th place.

Purdue and Vanderbilt are tied for the lead at 9-over par 577, while Southern Cal is at 579 (+11) in third. Fourth place belongs to South Carolina at 13-over 581, and host Stanford is in fifth at 17-over 585. Baylor is in the sixth qualifying spot at 18-over 586, with Oregon from the morning wave taking seventh at 21-over 589. Georgia is eighth at 27-over par 595.

Kent State (+28), Arizona (+31) and Ohio State (+32) are the teams between Georgia and LSU entering Saturday’s round.

LSU junior Lindsay Gahm had a strong recovery round on Friday, posting a 1-under par 70 with four birdies on the round that improved her to a 36-hole total of 148. That put her in a tie for 34th, an improvement of 43 spots in the individual competition.

The Lady Tigers counted a 5-over 76 from Nadine Dreher, while Elise Bradley and Ali Lucas each shot 6-over 77. Madelene Sagstrom, who was in fourth individually after one round after a 1-under 70, struggled on Friday to a 79.

The final round begins with the top 12 teams in the standings playing first at 9:30 a.m.

NCAA West Regional

At Palo Alto, Calif.

Second-round team results (Par 284-568): T1. Purdue, 291-286 – 577 +9; Vanderbilt, 289-288 – 577 +9. 3. Southern California, 290-289 – 579 +11. 4. South Carolina, 296-285 – 581 +13. 5. Stanford, 301-284 – 585 +17. 6. Baylor, 295-291 – 586 +18. 7. Oregon, 292-297 –589 +21. 8. Georgia, 296-299 – 595 +27. 9. Kent State, 302-294 – 596 +28. 10. Arizona, 300-298 – 598 +30. 11. Ohio State, 301-299 – 600 +32. 12. LSU, 301-300 – 601 +33. T13. Pepperdine, 303-299 – 602 +34; Texas A&M, 300-302 – 602 +34. 15. San Jose State, 301-304 – 605 +37. 16. UNLV, 310-296 – 606 +38. 17. California, 297-312 – 609 +41. 18. Denver, 299-312 – 611 +43. 19. Harvard, 309-305 – 614 +46. 20. Florida State, 310-305 – 615 +47. 21. Miami, 307-312 – 619 +51. 22. North Dakota State, 309-315 – 624 +56. 23. Northern Arizona, 307-318 – 625 +57. 24. Long Island, 322-324 – 646 +78.

Individual Top 5 (Par 71-142): 1. Annie Park, Southern Cal, 67-71 – 138 -4. 2. Cassy Isagawa, Oregon, 69-70 – 139 -3. 3. Paula Reto, Purdue, 71-69 – 140 -2. T4. Regan De Guzman, San Jose State, 69-72 – 141 -1; Jennifer Ha, Kent State, 73-68 – 141 -1; Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt, 71-70 – 141 -1.

LSU individuals: T34. Lindsay Gahm, 78-70 – 148 +6. T40. Madelene Sagstrom, 70-79 – 149 +7. T51. Nadine Dreher, 75-76 – 151 +9. T77 Elise Bradley, 78-77 – 155 +13. T89. Ali Lucas, 80-77 – 157 +15