Wind-Blown Second Round Sees Lady Tigers Fall to 12th

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Wind-Blown Second Round Sees Lady Tigers Fall to 12th

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Rawls Course of Texas Tech showed that the wind could be the great equalizer as the top seeded teams found themselves struggling to keep up after the second round of the women’s NCAA Central Regional Golf Tournament here Friday.

The leading teams, that shot anywhere from two over to 10 over in the first round suddenly found themselves hanging on to shoot somewhere around the wind velocity which gusted upwards of 30 miles per hour constantly during the afternoon wave.

In all, it resulted in a strange looking leader board which has four teams tied for first at 27-over par and the NCAA Championship advancement cut line in eighth place at 31 over with Saturday’s final round to be played.

The LSU Lady Tigers, the fourth seed in the Central Region, started the day at 10-over par in a tie for the eighth and final qualifying round. As the scores began to rise, LSU hung in and patiently got through the first nine with four counting scores of eight over, putting them in second and hovering right around the lead which was slowly coming back to them.

But on the back nine, LSU had to count 17 bogeys and a triple bogey with no birdies as the Lady Tigers slowly slid down the standings to their present 12th-place position at 38-over par, seven shots out of the eighth position presently held by Michigan State and Texas at 31-over. State shot the day’s second best round of 19-over 307 to finish at 31, while first-round leader Texas followed its two-over round with a 29-over round to drop to a tie for seventh with MSU.

Baylor, the 16th-seed, and Texas A&M, the 17th seed, finished their round about 12:30 p.m. Friday and just watched as the wind gradually blew them up the leader board to a tie for first at 27-over par. Baylor has been one of the most consistent teams in the tournament, shooting rounds of 302-301 to stand at 603.

Joining those two in the four-way tie for first are Missouri (291-312) and Auburn, the top seed, (293-309). Purdue is fifth, one shot back at 604, with Arizona State, the second seed, at 605. It’s two shots back to the tie for the final two spots at 607, with Tulsa (609), Arkansas (611) and Kent State (612) ahead of LSU’s 614.

The Lady Tigers do, however, hang on to the advantage of teeing off in the morning wave with the top 12 teams. Normally, any movement on the final day comes from this wave, although if the wind blows again, certainly teams like Wake Forest (617) and host Texas Tech (619) could cause some anxiety during the afternoon wave.

The top eighth teams advance to Sunriver, Ore., May 17-20, for the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships. If there is a tie for eighth there will be a playoff. In addition, two players not among the top eight teams will also advance to Sunriver and right now that could involve an LSU player.

Senior Brooke Shelton played the best of the Tigers through the first two days and followed her even par round of 72 on Thursday and despite six bogeys on the back nine and a five-over 77, stands in a group tied for sixth at five-over 149. She is the third player outside the top eight teams in the standings entering the final round.

On the day, LSU counted a 77 also from freshman Kim Meck, a 78 from Melissa Eaton and an 84 from Vicky Meyer.

“The putter really let us down,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “We didn’t put anything together and let things get the better of us.”

The final round tees off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.

NCAA Central Regional — Day Two Team Results (Par 288-576)

1. Baylor 302-301 — 603 +27; 1. Texas A&M 293-310 — 603 +27; 1. Missouri 291-312 — 603 +27; 1. Auburn 294-309 — 603 +27; 5. Purdue 295-309 — 604 +28; 6. Arizona State 296-309 — 605 +29; 7. Michigan State 300-307 — 607 +31; 7. Texas 290-317 — 607 +31; 9. Tulsa 298-310 — 608 +32; 10. Arkansas 300-311 — 611 +35; 11. Kent State 305-307 — 612 +36; 12. LSU 298-316 — 614 +38; 13. Wake Forest 302-315 — 617 +41; 14. Texas Tech 301-318 — 619 +43; 15. Michigan 301-320 — 621 +45; 16. New Mexico 291-332 — 623 +47; 16. SMU 310-313 — 623 +47; 18. TCU 299-328 — 627 +51; 19. Notre Dame 306-323 — 629 +53; 20. South Florida 314-317 — 631 +55; 21. Long Island 349-343 — 692 +116.

Top 10 Individuals (Par 72 -144)

1. Lisa Ferrero, Texas, 70-73 — 143 -1; 2. Diana Ramage, Auburn, 68-77 — 145 +1; 3. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State, 72-75 — 147 +3; 4. Megan Hull, Texas Tech, 75-73 — 148 +4; 4. Christa Spedding, Texas A&M, 70-78 — 148 +4; 6. Brianna Broderick, Michigan, 74-75 — 149 +5; 6. Whitney Frykman, Purdue, 71-78 — 149 +5; 6. Nicole Hage, Auburn, 74-75 — 149 +5; 6. Denise Knaebel, Missouri, 72-77 — 149 +5; 6. Rachel Meikle, Michigan State, 75-74 — 149 +5; 6. Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Purdue, 71-78 — 149 +5; 6. Brooke Shelton, LSU, 72-77 — 149 +5; 6. Louise Stahle, Arizona State, 72-77 — 149 +5.

LSU Scores
T6. Brooke Shelton 72-77 — 149 +5
T22. Melissa Eaton 73-78 — 151 +7
T57. Kim Meck 79-77 — 156 +12
T82. Vicky Meyer 76-84 — 160 +16
T90. Rebecca Kuhn 77-86 — 163 +19