Women's Golf Seventh After One Round at Mercedes-Benz
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The LSU Lady Tigers again found consistency in its lineup, posting three 75s and a 76 for its team score that finds them in a tie for seventh place after the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Intercollegiate Championship here Sunday at the Fox Den Country Club.
The Lady Tigers posted a 13-over par 301 score to stand 10 shots out of the first round lead held jointly by the Swedish Junior National team and Oklahoma State at 291, three-over par, to lead one of fall golf’s most prestigious events by five shots over third place Ohio State and Tulane, both at 296.
Where the Lady Tigers helped themselves on the day was on the front nine holes, which they played last, as the four counting scores came in at a combined 2-over par after playing holes 10-18 to start the day in 11-over.
Junior Brooke Shelton and freshmen Melissa Eaton and Alexis Rather all posted rounds of 3-over 75 for LSU and the other counting round of 4-over 76 came from sophomore Vicky Meyer. The individual leader of the tournament is Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden with a 2-under 70. Five other golfers are tied for second at 1-under. The LSU 75s are in a group tied for 25th place after the first day.
The SEC schools are all jumbled together with Georgia in fifth at 299, Tennessee in sixth at 300, followed by LSU in seventh. South Carolina is 10th at 304, one shot better than Arkansas and six shots better than Alabama.
“The first thing you have to look at in just our third tournament of the year is the consistency of the scores we have posted over the last four rounds. To have three 75s and a 76 on your counting score in the first round on a difficult course is more important at the moment than the placement. We are tied for seventh, just five shots out of third in a most elite field of teams, so I feel very good about our start here, especially the way we were able to bring it in down the stretch,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen.
The second round begins Monday morning and live scoring for the event can be found at www.golfstat.com.
Mercedes-Benz Women’s Championships
At Knoxville, Tenn.
Team Results (Par 288)
T1. Swedish Jr. Nationals 291 +3; T1. Oklahoma State 291 +3; T3. Ohio State 296 +8; T3. Tulane 296 +8; 5. Georgia 299 +11; 6. Tennessee 300 +12; T7. LSU 301 +13; T7 Michigan State 301 +13; 9. UNLV 303 +15; 10. South Carolina 304 +16; 11. Arkansas 305 +17; 12. Northwestern 307 +19; T13. Alabama 310 +22; T13. Purdue 310 +22; 15. Kent State 311 +23; 16. Penn State 318 +30; 17. Virginia 327 +39.
Individual Top 5 (Par 72)
1. Pernilla Lindberg, Swedish Jr. Nationals, 70 -2; T2. Adrienne Gautreaux, South Carolina, 71 -1; T2. Mary Ellen Jacobs, Tulane, 71 -1; T2. Jennifer Karr, Oklahoma State, 71 -1; T2. Ashley Knoll, Oklahoma State, 71 -1; T2. Lisa Tyler, Georgia, 71 -1.