Women's Golf Fifth at Season Opener

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Women's Golf Fifth at Season Opener

HANAHAN, S.C. — The 27th-ranked LSU women’s golf team posted a solid final round and came home in fifth place in the first event of the 2007 fall season, the Cougar Classic at the Yeamans Hall course Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers finished with a 10-over 298 round to finish 54 holes at 19-over par 883 (286-299-298). Notre Dame narrowly came away with the tournament victory at six-over 870 (287-292-291), one shot better than Tennessee at seven-over 871 (288-288-295). Texas and Alabama tied for third at 875 (11-over par). It was six more shots behind LSU to the sixth place tie between North Carolina and South Carolina (889).

“I was very pleased with the way we played to open the season, especially with three freshmen in the lineup,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “It was good to see Caroline Martens have a couple of good rounds that really helped us in the team total. We now have another strong tournament this coming weekend in Nashville with a field that includes the top nine teams in women’s collegiate golf, so we are really going to have to score well again to have a good chance. But it is obvious there is potential and room for improvement, but I am very satisfied with this finish the first time out.”

Bahnsen’s team had three players finish in the top 22 in the tournament, led by Megan McChrystal. The freshman from Stuart, Fla., just missed a top 10 in her first collegiate tournament, finishing in a tie for 12th at two-over par 218 for the 54-hole event. McChrystal posted a 75 in the final round to go with earlier efforts of 73 and 70.

Martens, who had the best round of the final day for LSU with a one-under 71, was joined in a tie for 22nd place at five-over 221 with fellow Norwegian golfer Amalie Valle. Martens had rounds of 72-78-71 while Valle posted a three-under 69 in the opening round to go with back-to-back rounds of 76.

LSU’s other counting score on the day came from redshirt freshman Nicole Crochet who posted a four-over 76 as she finished at 11-over 227.

Lisa Maunu led a one-two finish for Notre Dame in the individual competition, posting a six-under score of 210 (66-74-70), three shots ahead of teammate So-Hyun Park at 213 (70-69-74).

LSU opens play Friday in the Mason Rudolph Women’s Golf Championships, hosted by Vanderbilt, in Nashville, Tenn.

Cougar Classic

Final Team Results (Par 288-864)
1. Notre Dame 287-292-291 — 870 +6; 2. Tennessee 288-288-295 — 871 +7; 3. Texas 288-293-294 — 875 +11; 3. Alabama 286-298-291 — 875 +11; 5. LSU 286-299-298 — 883 +19; 6. North Carolina 295-291-303 — 889 +25; 6. South Carolina 291-298-300 — 889 +25; 8. Florida State 292-299-299 — 890 +26; 9. North Carolina State 294-291-307 — 892 +28; 10. Furman 301-295-297– 893 +29; 11. Texas A&M 297-299-301– 897 +33; 12. Mississippi State 299-303-298 — 900 +36; 13. Maryland 304-303-300 — 907 +43; 14. Miami 297-301-312 — 910 +46; 15. Charleston 301-303-308 — 912 +48; 15. South Florida 299-300-313 — 912 +48; 17. N. C Greensboro 303-303-316 — 922 +58; 18. Ole Miss 306-311-308 — 925 +61; 19. Penn State 302-327-310 — 939 +75; 20. Richmond 328-328-314 — 970 +106.

Individual Top 5 (Par 72-216)
1. Lisa Maunu, Notre Dame, 66-74-70 — 210 -6; 2. So-Hyun Park, Notre Dame, 70-69-74 — 213 -3; 3. Marci Turner, Tennessee, 69-71-74 — 214 -2; 4. Dori Carter, Ole Miss, 72-72-71 — 215 -1; 4. Angela Oh, Tennessee, 73-70-72 — 215 -1; 4. Benedicte Toumpsin, South Carolina, 71-73-71 — 215 -1.

LSU Scores
T12. Megan McChrystal 73-70-75 — 218 +2
T22. Caroline Martens 72-78-71 — 221 +5
T22. Amalie Valle 69-76-76 — 221 +5
T48. Nicole Crochet 72-79-76 — 227 +11
T60. Rebecca Kuhn 77-75-78 — 230 +14