Room to grow: LSU women’s golf team tied with Mississippi State for third after first day of SEC Championships

LSU women's golf coach Garrett Runion has the nation's No. 1 ranked team going into the fall season. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The LSU women’s golf team posted seven birdies over the last four holes Wednesday and finished with a 4-over par for a tie of third in the first qualifying round of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championships at the Greystone Golf and Country Club’s Legacy Course.

LSU, the tournament’s defending champion, played the 15th (360 yards, par 4), 16th (337 yards, par 4), 17th (168 yards, par 3) and 18th (478 yards, par 5) in 5-under par to put the No. 3 ranked Tigers in good position to get a spot in the Saturday eight-team match play field.

LSU’s 4-over 292 was just one shot off of what the Tigers shot a year ago (291) en route to the second qualifying position in match play.

This 4-over was a bit different as after a good start, LSU found itself for a portion of the back nine at 9-over par and near the back of the 14-team league field. But the Tigers took things hole-by-hole and made the most of the finishing four holes.

“We got off to what I would call a good start,” LSU women’s golf coach Garrett Runion said. “Hole No. 2 (par 3 over water) is a hole we did not play the best last year. We played it 2-under today which got us off to a good start. The course is playing harder; there are not as many birdies out there. The middle of the round we kind of struggled a little bit, but I was very pleased with the way we finished. That made a big difference. Throughout the year, our first-round scoring average has probably been our highest. We tend to get better as the week goes on. All in all, we are in fine shape and we just need to keep being us and we should be there at the end.”

In the finish, LSU had two birdies on the par 3 17th hole, two of just seven on the day on that hole.

Senior Latanna Stone bogeyed the 15th hole to fall back to even par after being under par for the day since a birdie at the second hole. She then birdied the final three holes to finish at 3-under 69 and finished in a tie for second with two other golfers, one shot behind the leader, Celina Sattelkau, who had a 4-under par 68.

Stone had six birdies on her card, two on a front nine 35 and four on a back nine 34 posting. The six birdies was tied for best in the round.

Aine Donegan birdied three-of-the-final-four holes to post an even par round of 72. The sophomore had five birdies in her first SEC Championships and wound up tied for 13th.

Senior Ingrid Lindblad posted an even par back nine to finish at 1-over 73 (T18), while junior Carla Tejedo had the other counting score of 6-over 78.

LSU will go in the second wave of the day beginning at 8:50 a.m. with Alabama and South Carolina.

Live scoring for the round will be available on Golfstat.com and updates during the round on @LSUWomensgolf on Twitter.

SEC Women’s Golf Championships
Greystone Golf & Country Club – Birmingham, Alabama
First Round Team Results (Par 288)
1 Vanderbilt 288 E
2 Florida 290 +2
T3 Mississippi State 292 +4
T3 LSU 292 +4
T5 Alabama 293 +5
T5 South Carolina 293 +5
T7 Georgia 294 +6
T7 Auburn 294 +6
T7 Kentucky 294 +6
T10 Tennessee 295 +7
T10 Ole Miss 295 +7
T10 Texas A&M 295 +7
13 Missouri 296 +8
14 Arkansas 306 +18

Top 5 Individuals (Par 72)
1 Celina Sattelkau, Vanderbilt 68 -4
T2 Latanna Stone, LSU 69 -3
T2 Ivy Shepherd, Kentucky 69 -3
T2 Julia Lopez Ramirez, Miss. St. 69 -3
T5 Megan Schofill, Auburn 70 -2
T5 Laney Frye, Kentucky 70 -2
T5 Tillie Claggett, Vanderbilt 70 -2
T5 Taylor Kehoe, Alabama 70 -2

LSU Scores
T2 Latanna Stone 69 -3
T13 Aine Donegan 72 E
T18 Ingrid Lindblad 73 +1
T61 Carla Tejedo 78 +6
T69 Edit Hertzman 82 +10

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