McChrystal Takes Title at NCAA Golf Preview

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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McChrystal Takes Title at NCAA Golf Preview

BRYAN, Texas – LSU senior Megan McChrystal birdied four of the final five holes, including 17 and 18 to score a two-shot victory as part of a record setting ending for the 16th-ranked LSU Lady Tigers golf team at the NCAA Fall Preview Wednesday at the Traditions Golf Club.

The Lady Tigers fell just short of overcoming a four-stroke Alabama lead going into the final round by shooting a school-record eight-under par over the final 18 holes to finish second by just one shot to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

It was a proud day for the SEC’s golf programs as the two teams broke away from the rest of the 18-team field littered with the best teams from across the nation in a tournament billed as the most prestigious to be played this fall. The teams around the 12th and 13th holes were tied for the lead briefly before Alabama made the final stand to hold on by a stroke.

“What a great job our girls did and we were so, so close to getting it done,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “We played intelligently, especially in the last two rounds, and had some chances to go even lower. It shows where women’s college golf is and what this year is going to be like. But the girls never backed away from the challenge and I am very proud of them.”

McChrystal started the day in 10th place at three-under par after rounds of 68 and 73, three shots out of the lead. The senior from Stuart, Fla., birdied the fourth, sixth and seventh holes on the front nine to get to six-under par and was two shots back of Marina Alex of Vanderbilt, the second round co-leader who had gotten to eight under par, playing ahead of McChrystal after birdies at 12 and 13.

Alex would get to nine-under par, but bogeyed the 17th hole to finish at eight-under 208 (67-71-70). McChrystal birdied 13, 14 and 15 to get to nine-under herself, but a bogey on 16 pushed her back into a tie with Alex at eight-under par. But like her closing flourish in her NCAA championship record 64 to close last season, McChrystal birdied the last two holes to win going away.

The win was the fourth of her LSU career, putting her alone in third place in career wins at LSU. Only Jenny Lidback (7) and Kristi Coats (6) have more tournament wins for the Lady Tigers. It was McChrystal’s 14th top 10 finish at LSU. Her final round 65 ties for the second lowest single round shot by an LSU players and her 10-under 206 total was four shots better than anything shot by a Lady Tiger in the history of the program.

LSU’s 280 single round tops the 281 shot in October 2008 in the final round of the winning effort in the Mercedes-Benz in Knoxville. The tournament marks the first time LSU has finished 54-holes under par as a team, destroying the former mark of even par 864 shot by the team at the University Club in the 2001 LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic.

The total team effort continued on Wednesday as LSU also counted a one-under par 71 from senior Amalie Valle and even par 72s from juniors Tessa Teachman and Jacqueline Hedwall. LSU’s drop score was just a one-over 73 by Mary Michael Maggio.

Teachman had her best ever finish in a tie for fourth in the competition with her even par round that left her at five-under 211 (70-69-72). The Baton Rouge native, who was fifth a year ago in the Tiger-Wave Classic, equaled what is now the third lowest 54-hole total in school history.

Maggio finished in a tie for 13th place at three-under 213 (73-67-73).

Behind Alabama and LSU in the team standings was Southern California at eight-under 856 with Duke fourth at four-under 860. Georgia from the SEC was fifth at even par 864 and Vandy was sixth at two-over 866.

The win for McChrystal was the 33rd individual title for an LSU golfer in the history of the women’s program.

The Lady Tigers are back in action Sept. 24-26 at the Mason Rudolph Championships in Nashville.

NCAA Fall Preview
Traditions Golf Club – Bryan, Texas

Final Team Results (Par 288-864)
1. Alabama 286-280-283 – 849 -15; 2. LSU 287-283-280 – 850 -14; 3. Southern California 289-282-285 – 856 -8; 4. Duke 293-287-280 – 860 -4; 5. Georgia 277-297-290 – 864 E; 6. Vanderbilt 284-290-292 – 866 +2; 7. UCLA 293-287-289 – 869 +5; 8. Virginia 301-298-286 – 877 +13; 9. Tulane 294-296-288 – 878 +14; 10. Purdue 300-293-290 – 883 +19; 11. Michigan State 299-300-295 – 894 +30; 12. Auburn 296-297-302 – 895 +31; 13. Texas 299-298-301 – 898 +34; 13. Wake Forest 295-299-304 – 898 +34; 15. Pepperdine 307-303-289 – 899 +35; 16. Texas A&M 297-306-299 – 902 +38; 17. Stanford 307-298-305 – 910 +46; 18. Tennessee 306-298-308 – 912 +48.

Individual Top 5
(Par 72-216)
1. Megan McChrystal 68-73-65 – 206 -10; 2. Marina Alex, Vanderbilt, 67-71-70 – 208 -8; 3. Lizette Salas, Southern California, 70-70-70 – 210 -6; 4. Lindy Duncan, Duke, 74-66-71 – 211 -5; 4. Lisa McCloskey, Southern California, 74-70-67 – 211 -5; 4. Camilla Lennarth, Alabama, 76-75-70 – 211 -5; 4. Brooke Pancake, Alabama, 65-73-73 – 211 -5; 4. Tessa Teachman, LSU, 70-69-72 – 211 -5.

LSU Scores
1. Megan McChrystal 68-73-65 – 206 -10
T4. Tessa Teachman 70-69-72 – 211 -5
T13. Mary Michael Maggio 73-67-73 – 213 -3
T42. Jacqueline Hedwall76-75-72 – 223 +7
T56. Amalie Valle 81-74-71 – 226 +10