Lady Tigers Golfers Begin Play at Mercedes-Benz
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The LSU women’s golf team will face it’s toughest challenge to date when it faces a field of 17 in the annual Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Classic which begins Sunday at the Fox Den Country Club.
This event, hosted by the University of Tennessee, has turned into one of the top tournaments of the fall season, but moves this year from the extremely difficult Gettysvue Golf and Polo Club to Fox Den, which is regarded as one of the toughest courses in the state of Tennessee, and is also the host for the Knoxville Open on the Nationwide Tour. The course will play to 6,021 yards and par 72 for the Mercedes-Benz event with both nines opening with long par fives.
Joining LSU and host Tennessee in the event are Northwestern, Tulane, Purdue, Virginia, Kent State, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan State, UNLV, Ohio State, South Carolina, Penn State and the Swedish Junior National Team.
LSU, ranked 31st in the Sagarin/Golfweek Performance Index after two tournaments, finished third in both events at Alabama and New Mexico State. The New Mexico State event was a strong event for LSU as the Lady Tigers showed consistency and the ability to put together four scores on back-to-back days.
LSU will go with a lineup of sophomore Vicky Meyer, senior Isabel Dornellas, junior Brooke Shelton and freshman Melissa Eaton and Alexis Rather. Meyer was in the top 10 of the New Mexico State event and Eaton came back after an 83 in the first round to shoot 73 and 72 in the final 36 holes.
The 54-hole Mercedes-Benz event runs through Tuesday with 18 holes each day. Live scoring for the event can be accessed through www.golfstat.com.
The Lady Tigers are concluding the fall season over the course of the week, returning to Baton Rouge Tuesday night after the conclusion of this tournament and leaving Wednesday evening for the Furman Lady Paladin Invitational set for Friday through next Sunday.