Lady Golfers Start Slow in NCAA East Opening Round

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Lady Golfers Start Slow in NCAA East Opening Round

HOWIE-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — The 22nd-ranked LSU women’s golf team found themselves in trouble almost from start to finish Thursday in the first round of the NCAA East Women’s Regional Golf Championships at the Mission Inn El Campeon Course.

The Lady Tigers, from top to bottom in the lineup, struggled with bogeys and the inability to put anything together and counted three 80s and a best of 79 in an opening day 31-over par 319 which left LSU in a tie for 16th place in the 21-team field and 11 strokes out of the eighth position, which is necessary to qualify for the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships at Opelika, Ala., May 18-21.

For the most part on the good side for LSU, scores were high all over the course and there are two rounds remaining in the 54-hole tournament that runs through Saturday.

Alexis Rather, the true freshman from Tupelo, Miss., had a seven over 79, while the remaining four players — Brooke Shelton, Vicky Meyer and twins Melissa and Nicola Eaton — all posted eight over scores of 80.

Duke, the No. 1 team in America, would be the overwhelming leader in the competition, shooting a two-under par score of 586 and can virtually walk to the championships from here the Lady Blue Devils hold an 11-shot lead over second-place UNLV. The eighth place qualifying score will be a 20-over par score posted by Florida State. After Duke and UNLV comes Oklahoma State (+10), Tulane (+13), Auburn (+14), North Carolina (+15), Tennessee (+19) and then Florida State to round out the qualifiers if the tournament ended at this point. For the longest time, North Carolina’s score looked to be the cut line, but the scores moved even higher late in the afternoon wave.

“It was just not a very pretty day for us,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “We were just unable to do much of anything. We have some ground to make up and we are going to have to post some low numbers to have a chance. The scores are fairly high for most of the teams around the eighth position, so it’s still something we can do. We’ll see how it goes.”

Southern University, the qualifiers for the regional as the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, stand in 19th place with a score of 49-over 337.

The individual leader is Meaghan Francella of North Carolina at 3-under par 69, while Liliana Alvarez of Tulane and Karin Sjodin of Oklahoma State are both at 2-under 70. Team leader Duke had four golfers in the top eight, counting two 1-under 71s and two even par 72s.

Team Leader Board
1 Duke -2 F -2 286 286
2 UNLV +9 F +9 297 297
3 Oklahoma State +10 F +10 298 298
4 Tulane University +13 F +13 301 301
5 Auburn +14 F +14 302 302
6 North Carolina, U of +15 F +15 303 303
7 Tennessee, U. of +19 F +19 307 307
8 Florida State Univ. +20 F +20 308 308
9 Miami, U. of +21 F +21 309 309
T10 Florida +22 F +22 310 310
T10 Wake Forest +22 F +22 310 310
12 Alabama, U. of +23 F +23 311 311
13 Furman University +24 F +24 312 312
T14 North Carolina State +28 F +28 316 316
T14 South Carolina +28 F +28 316 316
T16 Louisiana State +31 F +31 319 319
T16 Campbell University +31 F +31 319 319
18 N. Car. Wilmington +32 F +32 320 320
19 Southern University +49 F +49 337 337
T20 Mississippi, U. of +50 F +50 338 338
T20 St. Francis Univ.-PA +50 F +50 338 338

Individual Top 5
1 – Meaghan Francella North Carolina, U of -3 F -3 69 69
T2 – Liliana Alvarez Tulane University -2 F -2 70 70
T2 – Karin Sjodin Oklahoma State -2 F -2 70 70
T4 – Adrienne Gautreaux (10) South Carolina -1 F -1 71 71
T4 – Leigh Anne Hardin Duke -1 F -1 71 71
T4 – Brittany Lang Duke -1 F -1 71 71