Women's Golf to Defend Title at Bryan National

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Women's Golf to Defend Title at Bryan National

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The LSU Lady Tigers golf team, ranked 17th presently in the Golfstat rankings and 19th in the latest NGCA coaches poll, return to the scene of some of their best recent golf efforts when they tee off Friday in the Bryan National Collegiate.

LSU is the defending champion of the event, posting a 23 over 887 a year ago to win by four shots over Virginia, while Megan McChrystal will be defending the title she won a year ago as a sophomore with a one-under 215. The Tigers also advanced to the NCAA Championship on this course in 2006, finishing second in the NCAA East Regional.

The Lady Tigers and co-hosts Wake Forest and North Carolina Wilmington are facing a strong field that includes nine teams presently ranked in the Golfstat Top 25: No. 2 Auburn, No. 4 Duke, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 12 Virginia, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 17 LSU, No. 19 Vanderbilt and No. 25 Louisville.

The rest of the field includes Arkansas, Charleston, Florida State, North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northwestern and South Carolina.

McChrystal is coming off a win in the Tiger-Wave Golf Classic at English Turn Golf Course in New Orleans three weeks ago in which she fired rounds of 72-72-69 to finish at three-under 213. Both McChrystal and Tessa Teachman had recorded back-to-back top 10 finishes and both are also right together in the national Golfstat Cup rankings with Teachman ranked 22nd and McChrystal ranked 23rd. Teachman enters the final tournament of the regular season averaging 73.1 strokes per round, while McChrystal is at 73.3.

This will be the first time since the fall that LSU has its full lineup back in play as freshman Mary Michael Maggio, trying to get herself back to full strength for the post-season, will tee it up for the first time since minor shoulder surgery between the fall and spring semesters.  Maggio averaged 75.7 for four fall events and had one top 10 finish.

Those three will be joined by Jacqueline Hedwall (76.4) and Amalie Valle (77.1) in the LSU lineup.

“We look forward to playing again,” said LSU women’s golf Coach Karen Bahnsen. “It was a good tournament for us in New Orleans (4th place of 23 teams), but we know there were some things we could improve on and we have been working hard on that since that tournament. It is great to have Mary Michael Maggio back in play for us and we hope this tournament will get her ready for the SECs in a couple of weeks. It’s a very strong field this year but we are ready to accept the challenge and see how we do.”

The 54-hole tournament begins with 18 holes on Friday at 7:20 a.m. CDT and live scoring will be available at LSUsports.net through Golfstat.com.