Sub-Par Round Puts Women's Golf in Middle of Pack

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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Sub-Par Round Puts Women's Golf in Middle of Pack

ATHENS, Ga. – The LSU Lady Tigers found their form in the final round of the quirky best-ball format of the Liz Murphey Classic and gives them a foundation to build on heading now to the SEC Championship in two weeks.

LSU posted a best-ball round of 7-under par 281 to finish 12th in the 23-team event. In the normal fashion of play five, count four over 18 holes the team would have shot a strong two-over 290. LSU in the best-ball event finished at 16-over 880 (303-296-281).

Alabama won the event with a four-under par score of 860 (286-291-283), eight shots clear of Duke and Purdue at four-over 868. Arkansas (869) and Florida (870) both shot 11-under best ball on the final day. If the standard scoring had been used Florida would have won the 54-hole event by two shots over Alabama.

LSU got two-under rounds of 70 from both freshman Austin Ernst and junior Jacqueline Hedwall and a one-over par round from Mary Michael Maggio to key the team’s final day play. Megan McChrystal posted a five over 77 and Amalie Valle shot an 81.

Ernst moved up 26 places on the final day to a tie for 25th with a 54-hole total of nine-over 225 (79-76-70). Hedwall moved up 35 places to 43rd place at 12-over 228.

Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora shot a five-under 67 on the final day to win the individual championship at four-under 212 (74-71-67).

“This was a good finish for us (Sunday),” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “This format took us a while for us to adjust to but the last 27 holes give us a good foundation on which to take to Auburn in two weeks for the SEC Championship.”

The SEC Title will be decided on the Auburn University Club course April 15-17.

Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic

Final Team Results (Par 288-864-Best Ball Format)
1. Alabama 286-291-283 – 860 -4; 2. Duke 291-296-281 – 868 +4; 2. Purdue 284-297-287 – 868 +4; 4. Arkansas 294-298-277 – 869 +5; 5. Florida 300-293-277 – 870 +6; 6. Auburn 294-297-280 -87 +7; 6. Georgia 291-294-286 -871 +7; 8. Notre Dame 302-286-284 – 872 +8; 9. Wake Forest 294-297-285 – 876 +12; 10. Michigan State 296-296-286 – 878 +14; 11. Ohio State 300-289-290 – 879 +15; 12. LSU 303-296-281 – 880 +16; 13. Florida State 293-302-288 – 883 +19; 13. Virginia 294-296-293 – 883 +19; 15. North Carolina 297-299-288 – 88 4+20; 16. Oklahoma 295-304-288 – 887 +23; 17. Kent State 306-297-288 – 891 +27; 18. South Carolina 296-313-285 – 894 +30; 19. Kentucky 307-303-290 – 900 +36; 20. Furman 304-307-294 – 905 +41; 21. Kennesaw State 296-313-298 – 906; 22. Georgia State 311-302-302 – 915 +51; 23. Chattnaooga 310-304-302 – 916 +52.

Individual Top 5 (Par 72-216)
1. Martz Silva Zamora, Georgia, 74-71-67 – 212 -4; 2. Emily Tubert, Arkansas, 72-73-69 – 214 -2; 3. Letitia Beck, Duke, 74-74-69 – 217 +1; 3. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 73-73-71 – 217 +1; 5. Isabelle Lendl, Florida, 73-74-71 – 218 +2.

LSU Scores
T25. Austin Ernst 79-76-70 – 225 +9
T43. Jacqueline Hedwall 80-78-70 – 228 +12
T54. Mary Michael Maggio 78-79-73 – 230 +14
T58. Megan McChrystal 78-76-77 – 231 +15
T101. Amalie Valle 81-79-81 – 241 +25