NEW ORLEANS – The LSU women’s golf team, ranked No. 5 in the preseason Golf Channel poll, posted the lowest 54-hole regular season score to rally in the final holes to win the Green Wave Fall Classic at Bayou Oaks at City Park South Course.
The win, with a 32-under par score of 832, topped the regular season mark of 841 at The Alamo Invitational in 2014. It is the 49th win in LSU women’s golf history.
Nebraska, which led for most of the round, finished three shots back at 29-under par 835 and Tulsa was third at 26-under par.
Latanna Stone got her senior season off to a fabulous start with rounds of 68-67-69 to finish at 204, 12-under par, two shots behind winner Kelli Strand of Nebraska at 14-under par. Strand shot 67-65-70 for a 202 total.
“I know Latanna is very happy with her performance in this tournament,” LSU women’s golf coach Garrett Runion said. “I know she would like to have won, but that will come. This is a great start for her and the way she played all three rounds was very good. She didn’t press, took what the course gave her, made pars and moved on to the next hole. Those two birdies on the 16 and 18 were important for the team and her individually. You can see how the international experience of playing in the Curtis Cup and Palmer Cup has set her up for what could be a very good senior season.”
Freshman Taylor Riley and sophomore Aine Donegan, both playing their first individual tournament for the Tigers tied for third at 10-under par 206. Riley shot 69-68-69 and Donegan 67-68-71.
“Really you can point to anybody and they helped us out,” Runion said. “This was a tournament where you needed a lot of offense and we were fortunate to make a lot of birdies and close it out.”