Women’s Golf Hosts Baton Rouge Regional May 10-12

by Judy Willson
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Women’s Golf Hosts Baton Rouge Regional May 10-12

BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 4-ranked LSU women’s golf team received an at-large bid to the 2021 NCAA Tournament and will host the Baton Rouge Regional on May 10-12 at The University Club. The Tigers are the No. 1 regional seed. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.

“I think if you look at all the regional sites, the NCAA selection committee did a great job of spreading everybody out evenly, as far as placement of ranked teams, teams close to regional sites and teams sent across the country,” said LSU third-year head coach Garrett Runion. “Looking at our site, being the No. 1 seed is nice. It has been a goal of ours since the beginning of the season and gives us a lot of confidence.”

The NCAA Baton Rouge Regional will be contested at The University Club off of Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge. The course will play at par 72 and 6,340 yards. LSU will be joined in the field by No. 5 Ole Miss, No. 15 Baylor, No. 12 Oregon, No. 19 Maryland, No. 20 Alabama, No. 29 Oregon State, No. 24 Houston, No. 37 Miami (Fla.), No. 32 North Texas, No. 42 Purdue, No. 44 Mississippi State, No. 49 Tulsa, Sam Houston State, Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and Quinnipiac. North Texas, Tulsa, Sam Houston State, Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and Quinnipiac earned automatic bids from their respective conferences while the rest of the field earned at-large bids.

“There are three other SEC teams in the field that just played in our home event three weeks ago,” continued Runion. “We know a lot about those teams and expect them to play well. As for some of the others like Oregon, Oregon State and Maryland, we don’t know much about them because we haven’t seen them play this season. They will have a little extra challenge of getting used to our grass and conditions.”

This will be LSU’s 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a team. It is the fifth time that LSU has hosted a regional – 1993 (Santa Maria), 2002, 2007, 2016. The 2002, 2007 and 2016 events were all held at The University Club.

Senior Kendall Griffin and juniors Alden Wallace and Presley Baggett represented the Tigers in the 2019 NCAA East Lansing Regional. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the highlights of the 2019 regional was Griffin’s hole-in-one on No. 7 on her way to a then-career low round of 3-under 69. LSU finished 10th that year, just missing the cut for the national championship rounds.

“At the end of the day, we are excited to be playing in an NCAA regional at home and focused on playing our own game.”

2020-21 Highlights

  • LSU is currently ranked No. 4 by Golfstat, No. 5 by Golfweek and No. 4 by the WGCA.
  • LSU is on pace to record its lowest team average in program history. The Tigers are currently shooting 287.67, one stroke off the record set last year of 288.71.
  • LSU had a record-setting performance at the 2021 SEC Championships. The Tigers shot the best three rounds in program history on their way to an NCAA record 46-under 818 for stroke play. LSU earned the No. 1 seed for SEC Match Play with a 16-under 272 in the first round, a 12-under 276 in the second round and an 18-under 270 in the final round of stroke play.
  • LSU has shot under par as a team in five of nine stroke play events in 2020-21 – The Ally (-7; Oct. 19-21, 2020), Moon Golf Invitational (-18; Feb. 14-16, 2021), ICON Invitational (-19; Feb. 22-23, 2021), LSU Tiger Golf Classic (-12, April 6-7, 2021) and SEC Championship Stroke Play (-46, April 14-16, 2021).