Shelton Advances to NCAA's; Lady Tigers Two Shots Short

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Shelton Advances to NCAA's; Lady Tigers Two Shots Short

LUBBOCK, Texas — The second round hole the LSU women’s golf team dug for itself proved to be just a touch to big to climb out of as they fell two shots shy of qualifying Saturday for the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships.

However LSU senior Brooke Shelton, came back on the course nearly five hours after finishing her round and won a playoff to receive the second of two spots to the championships awarded players not on the top eight teams, so she will represent LSU in the individual competition at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., May 17-20.

The Lady Tigers finished 10th in the NCAA Central Regional at the Rawls Course on the Texas Tech campus, needing an eighth place finish to advance as a team. LSU fought back gamely to make up the seven-shot deficit they faced when the day began, but lost seven counting shots in the final three holes to finish the final round with a 15-over par 303. That gave LSU a 54-hole total of 917, 53 over par, two shots back of eighth place Arkansas at 51-over par 915. Texas was also in front of LSU at 52-over par 916.

Making the top eight and advancing to the championships were Auburn (the top seed, 32-over 896), Texas A&M (the 17th seed in the event, 903), Missouri (905), Arizona State (906), Tulsa and Purdue (908), Michigan State (909) and Arkansas (915).

Once LSU as a team failed to make the championships, the attention then focused on Shelton of Plano, Texas. Shelton finished her Saturday round at three-over 75, putting her in for 54 holes at eight-over par 224 (72-77-75). The top two individuals not on the top eight teams also advance to the national championships and with Texas’ Lisa Ferrero in at six-over, the next spot was up for grabs between Shelton and Michigan’s Brianna Broderick. Playing in the afternoon wave, Broderick shot 75 as well to finish also at eight-over 224 (74-75-75), forcing a playoff for the final spot.

The pair were part of a group tied for sixth place in the individual competition won by Diana Ramage of Auburn at four-under par 212 (68-77-67) as conditions returned to more of Thursday’s little to speak of winds after Friday afternoons winds clocking in at near 30 miles per hour.

In the playoff on the par five 18th, Shelton, after a strong drive, hit her second shot inside the hazard line just a few feet shy of the water. But from there she made a great recovery to the middle of the green. Her opponent hit in a fairway bunker off the tee and was never able to recover, making double bogey, while Shelton two putted for par and the right to the go the national championship.

On the final day, LSU counted along with Shelton’s score a team best two-over from sophomore Melissa Eaton, who finished in a tied for 13th, one shot behind Shelton at nine-over par. The Tigers also counted a 76 from Kim Meck and a 78 from Rebecca Kuhn.

NCAA Central Regional Tournament
Final team Standings (par 288-864)
Top eight qualify for nationals

1. Auburn 294-309-293 — 896 +32; 2. Texas A&M 293-310-300 — 903 +39; 3. Missouri 291-312-302 — 905 +41; 4. Arizona State 296-310-300 — 906 +42; 5. Tulsa 298-310-300 — 908 +44; and Purdue 295-309-304 — 908 +44; 7. Michigan State 300-307-302 — +45; 8. Arkansas 300-311-304 — 915 +51; 9. Texas 290-317-309 — 916 +52; 10. LSU 298-316-303 — 917 +53; 11. Kent State 305-307-309 — 921 +57; and SMU 310-313-298 — 921 +57; 13. Baylor 302-301-320 — 923 +59; and New Mexico 291-332-300 — 923 +59; 15. Michigan 301-320-305 — 926 +62; 16. Texas Tech 301-318-313 — 932 +68; 17. Wake Forest 302-315-316 — 933; 18. Notre Dame 306-323-305 — 934 +70; 19. TCU 299-328-311 — 938 +74; 20. South Florida 314-317-319 — 950 +86; 21. Long Island 349-343-349 — 1041 +177.

Individual Top 10

1. Diana Ramage, Auburn, 68-77-67 — 212 -4; 2. Louise Stable, Arizona State, 72-77-70 — 219 +3; 3. Lee Anne Pace, Tulsa, 73-77-71 — 221 +5; 4. Lisa Ferrero, Texas, 70-73-79 — 222 +6;? 4. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State, 72-76-74 — 222 +6; 6. Brianna Broderick, Michigan, 74-75-75 — 224 +8; Whitney Frykman, Purdue — 71-78-75 — 224; Nicole Hage, Auburn 74-75-75 — 224 +8; Nicole Melton, Texas A&M, 73-77-74 — 224; Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Purdue, 71-78-75 — 244; Brooke Shelton, LSU, 72-77-75 — 224;? Christa Spedding, Texas A&M, 70-78-76 — 224 +8.

LSU Individuals

T6. Brooke Shelton 72-77-75 — 224 +8
T13. Melissa Eaton?? 73-78-74 — 225 +9
T49. Kimberly Meck?? 79-77-75 — 232 +16
T91. Rebecca Kuhn??? 77-86-78 — 241 +25
T91. Vicky Meyer? 76-84-81 — 241 +25