Virginia Takes Day 1 Lead at LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic

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Virginia Takes Day 1 Lead at LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic

BATON ROUGE — Two top 15 teams, Virginia and Auburn, took the early lead in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic Friday at the University Club, but the LSU Lady Tigers showed they wanted to be a factor in the 25th edition of the spring classic, standing in third place, four shots back.

Virginia posted a 6-over round of 294 in the five-player, four score count scoring system, three shots ahead of Auburn at 9-over 297 with LSU back at 298, 10-over par. Kentucky had a strong round of 15-over 303 with Augusta State and Mississippi State rounding out the top five tied at 16-over 304.

Virginia played in the opening wave of the morning and posted its score and watched as the rest of the field tried to keep pace. Jennie Arseneault of Virginia also posted an early score for the field to keep up with getting home with a 2-under 70 over the par 72 6,338-yard course.

Garrett Phillips, of Augusta State, who had a strong finish a year ago in the Classic, also is tied for the individual lead at 2-under 70.

Leah Wigger of Virginia is third at 71 while Rebecca Kuhn of LSU joined Kathleen Ekey of Furman and Maria Martinez of Auburn at even-par 72.

LSU had some good scores to count to get off to a good start on the tournament title to go with Kuhn. Melissa Eaton is tied for seventh place after a 1-over 73 and Alexis Rather is tied for 10th at 2-over 74. Vicky Meyer survived a shaky front-nine hole to get home at 79 for the final team counting score.

Playing as an individual competitor, freshman Caroline Martens stands in a tie for 17th at 3-over 75.

“First of all, it’s great to have a day like (Friday) where all the competitors got to compete in some great conditions on the first weekend of March,” said LSU women’s golf coach Karen Bahnsen. “I’m very proud of how the girls stepped up to make sure we are right in the hunt as this tournament goes to Saturday. There are some great players in this tournament and the folks out here are going to be treated to some great golf.”

The tournament resumes Saturday morning with the second round scheduled to begin at 8:12 a.m. LSU will again go off in the final wave of the day beginning off the first tee with Virginia and Auburn. The tournament concludes Sunday with a shotgun start for the final round of the 54-hole event at 8:30 a.m.

LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic
First Round Team Results (Par 72-288)
1. Virginia 294 +6
2. Auburn 297 +9
3. LSU 298 +10
4. Kentucky 303 +15
5. Augusta State 304 +16
5. Miss. State 304 +16
7. North Carolina St. 307 +19
7. Vanderbilt 307 +19
7. Louisville 307 +19
10. Alabama 310 +22
11. Charleston 311 +23
11. Furman 311 +23
13. Florida State 312 +24
14. North Carolina 315 +27
15. UNC Wilmington 319 +31
16. Mississippi 320 +3
17. James Madison 325 +37
18. Birmingham-Southern 327 +39

Individual Top 25
1. Jennie Arseneault, Virginia 70 -2
1. Garrett Phillips, Augusta St. 70 -2
3. Leah Wigger, Virginia 71 -1
4. Kathleen Ekey, Furman 72 E
4. Rebecca Kuhn, LSU 72 E
4. Maria Martinez, Auburn 72 E
7. Melissa Eaton, LSU 73 +1
7. Cindy LaCrosse, Louisville 73 +1
7. Caroline Larsson, Florida St. 73 +1
10. Katie Johnson, Kentucky 74 +2
10. Ali Kicklighter, Kentucky 74 +2
10. Ashleigh Korzack, Miss. State. 74 +2
10. Jessica Lovell, Auburn 74 +2
10. Alexis Rather, LSU 74 +2
10. Carina Sorensen, Alabama 74 +2
10. Carly Truitt, Virginia 74 +2
17. Lorraine Ballerano, NC State 75 +3
17. Jacqui Concolino, Vanderbilt 75 +3
17. Erin Faulkner, Kentucky 75 +3
17. Stephanie Godare, Miss. State 75 +3
17. Angie Hill, Charleston 75 +3
17. Michelle Jarman, UNC Wilmington 75 +3
17. Caroline Martens, LSU 75 +3
17. Amanda Mathis, Miss. State, 75 +3
17. Lauren Mielbrecht, Virginia 75 +3
17. Abigale Schepperle, Auburn 75 +3

LSU Scores
T4. Rebecca Kuhn 72 E
T7. Melissa Eaton 73 +1
T10. Alexis Rather 74 +2
T17. Caroline Martens 75 +3
T49. Vicky Meyer 79 +7
T49. Rebecca Struthers, 79 +7
T57. Nicola Eaton 80 +8
T57. Kim Meck 80 +8
T93. Heather Hoffman 86 +14