LSU's Eaton Sets Course Record at LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic

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LSU's Eaton Sets Course Record at LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic

BATON ROUGE — LSU’s Melissa Eaton fired a University Club women’s collegiate course record Saturday with a 6-under par 66 to lead the homestanding LSU Lady Tigers into sole possession of second place heading into the final round of the 25th annual LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic.

Eaton vaulted into first place in the individual standings by carding six birdies with no bogeys on her round for the lowest score of her career and carries a four-stroke lead over Jacqui Concolino of Vanderbilt into Sunday’s final round with a two-round total of 5-under 139.

“I’ve been preparing for this for a long time,” Eaton said following her round. “I kept thinking that I’ve done this on the practice green so many times and I’ve hit these shots so many times that I just tried to stay in the present and stay focused on hitting each shot. I’m hitting it and putting it well, and I’ve just got to go out there tomorrow and trust that I’ll be able to do the same.”

LSU head coach Karen Bahnsen said she knew coming into the tournament that it was just a matter of time before Eaton posted the type of round that would put LSU in position to earn its first tournament victory of the season.

“Melissa’s been on the verge of playing really well for a while now because she’s been hitting the ball really well, but she just hasn’t been able to get the putts to drop,” Bahnsen said. “We’ve been really working on her putting lately and everything just seemed to click for her today. It was real exciting to see her play so well.”

Joining Eaton in the top 10 are fellow Lady Tigers Caroline Martens, Rebecca Kuhn and Alexis Rather. Martens, who is competing as an individual, posted her lowest round of the season with a 1-under 71 and sits in a tie for seventh place, while Kuhn and Rather are each tied for ninth with a two-round total of 3-over 147.

“I was just proud of the way the girls played today,” Bahnsen said. “Finishing the tournament strong could give this team a huge boost of confidence, which is exactly what we need. We know we’re a good team, and we know we have the talent to compete at a high level. We can prove that tomorrow.”

The fifth-ranked Auburn Tigers lead LSU by two strokes with a 10-over 586 after firing the lowest team total of the tournament with a 1-over 289 in the second round. A pair of Tigers find themselves in the top 10 as Nicole Hage is currently in a fourth-place tie with a 1-over 145, including a team best 3-under 69 in the second round, and Maria Martinez is tied for seventh with a 2-over 146.

“We got off to a much better start today than we did yesterday when we were several over right off the bat,” said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. “That helped us settle down better today. The girls settled in and played very well today I thought. It was a much better effort than yesterday.”

LSU and Auburn are paired with Virginia in Sunday’s final round as play will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CST. Live scoring of the final round will be provided by Golfstat.

25TH ANNUAL LSU/CLEVELAND GOLF CLASSIC — SECOND ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Auburn 297-289 — 586 +10; 2. LSU 298-290 — 588 +12; 3. Virginia 294-303 — 597 +21; 4. Vanderbilt 307-292 — 599 +23; 5. Furman 311-296 — 607 +31; 6. Mississippi State 304-304 — 608 +32; t7. Kentucky 303-308 — 611 +35; t7. Alabama 310-301 — 611 +35; 9. Augusta State 304-310 — 614 +38; 10. College of Charleston 311-304 — 615 +39; 11. Louisville 307-309 — 616 +40; 12. UNC-Wilmington 319-298 — 617 +41; 13. Florida State 312-306 — 618 +42; 14. N.C. State 307-312 — 619 +43; 15. North Carolina 315-307 — 622 +46; 16. Ole Miss 320-309 — 629 +53; 17. Birmingham-Southern 327-319 — 646 +70; 18. James Madison 325-335 — 660 +84

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Melissa Eaton, LSU, 73-66 — 139 –5; 2. Jacqui Concolino, Vanderbilt, 75-68 — 143 –1; 3. Leah Wigger, Virginia, 71-73 — 144 E; t4. Jennie Arseneault, Virginia, 70-75 — 145 +1; t4. Kathleen Ekey, Furman, 72-73 — 145 +1; t7. Caroline Martens *, LSU, 75-71 — 146 +2; t7. Maria Martinez, Auburn, 72-74 — 146 +2; t9. Rebecca Kuhn, LSU, 72-75 — 147 +3; t9. Stephanie Noser, UNC-Wilmington, 78-69 — 147 +3; t9. Alexis Rather, LSU, 74-73 — 147 +3

LSU SCORES
1. Melissa Eaton 73-66 — 139 -5
t7. Caroline Martens * 75-71 — 146 +2
t9. Rebecca Kuhn 72-75 — 147 +3
t9. Alexis Rather 74-73 — 147 +3
t44. Vicky Meyer 79-76 — 155 +11
t50. Kimberly Meck 80-76 — 156 +12
t61. Nicola Eaton * 80-79 — 159 +15
t81. Rebecca Struthers * 79-84 — 163 +19
t95. Heather Hoffman * 86-87 — 173 +29

* – denotes player competing as an individual