Women's Golf Places Sixth in SEC Championship
LOUDON, Tenn. — The LSU women’s golf team, ranked 19th in the country, shot its best round of the tournament Sunday on the final day of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championships to finish in sixth place in the three-day event that concluded Sunday at the Tennessee National Golf Club.
The Lady Tigers improved by 10 strokes from their back-to-back first two day rounds of 310-310 to shoot 12-over par 300 on the final day to finish at 56-over 920. For LSU it is its best finish since 2005, having finished seventh each of the last two years. LSU did finish ahead of two top 10 ranked teams, No. 7 Alabama (seventh at 57 over 921) and 16th-ranked Tennessee at 67-over 931 in eighth.
Florida, ranked fifth in the latest national rankings, won going away for its first title since 1995 with a four-under par round of 284 to finish at 10-over 874. Arkansas shot 296 on the final day and finished with an 891, 27-over par. Defending champion Georgia finished third.
The Lady Tigers started with a renewed enthusiasm on their first nine holes of the day, playing holes 10-18 in two over par. But a couple of big numbers crept back on the Tigers’ score cards on the final nine holes and leading stroke average golfer Megan McChrystal struggled home with a six-over 42 on the final nine holes and for one of the few times this season her score didn’t count in the team total.
LSU did get a strong final round from senior Rebecca Kuhn in her final SEC Championship as she had one birdie and just one bogey in an even par round of 72 that moved her from 35th to 23rd on the final individual leader board. Freshman Amalie Valle had a two-over 74 and Caroline Martens improved each day going from 77 to 76 to Sunday’s three-over 75 to finish as the low individual for LSU in the competition at 12-over 228, finished in a tie for 17th place. Alexis Rather‘s 79 was the final counting score.
Despite her final round 81, McChrystal still got a top 20 finish in her first SEC Championship, finishing in a tie for 20th at 15-over 231.
“I was very glad to see Rebecca (Kuhn) and Amalie (Valle) really have good rounds and Caroline (Martens) just stayed with it so well throughout the tournament,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “It was unfortunate that Megan McChrystal had a bad day.
“Overall it was a step in the right direction. Sixth is not as high as we wanted but it could have been much worse. There are eight ranked teams in the conference in the top 20 and it could have finished any way in the world. We know we have some things to work on to get better to avoid the big numbers and play a complete round, so we know what we have to work on in the next couple of weeks in preparations for the NCAA regionals.”
Kuhn was second in the tournament in pars made, making 38 of 54 pars behind only Kelli Shean of Arkansas who made 39. McChrystal made the most birdies of any LSU golfer this weekend with seven.
Defending NCAA champion Stacy Lewis hung on to win the SEC individual honor in wire-to-wire fashion, holding off the late charge of the 15-year old Florida phenom Hannah Yun. The pair were tied for the lead in the tournament going to the final three holes, but Yun’s bogey on 16 proved to be the difference as Lewis and Yun both shot even par 72 on the day. Lewis finished at two-under par 214 (69-73-72) while Yun was one shot back at 215 (73-70-72). South Carolina’s Benedicte Toumpsin was third after shooting three consecutive rounds of even par 72.
LSU now awaits its regional bid selection and the location of where it will be sent when those pairings are announced in a week.
SEC Women’s Golf Championships
Final Team Results (Par 288-864)
1. Florida 297-293-284 ? 874 +10; 2. Arkansas 297-298-296 ? 891 +27; 3. Georgia 300-298-305 ? 903 +39; 4. Auburn 310-309-291 ? 910 +46; 5. South Carolina 300-319-296 ? 915 +51; 6. LSU 310-310-300 ? 920 +56; 7. Alabama 307-307-307 ? 921 +57; 8. Tennessee 316-312-303 ? 931 +67; 9. Vanderbilt 308-317-310 ? 935 +71; 10. Ole Miss 309-317-313 ? 939 +75; 11. Mississippi State 319-318-315 ? 952 +88; 12. Kentucky 326-319-308 ? 953 +89.
Individual Top 10 (Par 72-216)
1. Stacy Lewis, Arkansas, 69-73-72 ? 214 -2; 2. Hannah Yun, Florida, 73-70-72 ? 215 -1; 3. Benedicte Toumpsin, South Carolina, 72-72-72 ? 216 E; 4. Dori Carter, Mississippi, 71-74-74 ? 219 +3; 4. Margaret Shirley, Auburn, 74-75-70 ? 219 +3; 6. Tiffany Chudy, Florida, 72-72-76 ? 220 +4; 7. Krystle Caithness, Georgia, 71-75-75 ? 211 +5; 7. Whitney Myers, Florida, 74-78-69 ? 221 +5; 7. Lucy Nunn, Arkansas, 73-74-74 ? 221 +5; 7. Candace Schepperle, Auburn, 74-75-72 ? 221 +5.
T17. Caroline Martens 77-76-75 ? 228 +12
T20. Megan McChrystal 75-75-81 ? 231 +15
T23. Rebecca Kuhn 80-80-72 ? 232 +16
T23. Amalie Valle 79-79-74 ? 232 +16
T40. Alexis Rather 79-80-79 ? 238 +22