NCAA Champion Austin Ernst stands in fifth place
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Lady Tigers in Position to Win Season's Third Title
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Published: February 13, 2012, 05:49 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - The seventh-ranked LSU women's golf goes in search of its third title of the year as the first tournament of the spring comes to a close on Tuesday at the River Course of the Rio Mar Country Club.

The Lady Tigers fired a second straight solid round and stands in second place, one shot out of the lead entering the final round of the 54-hole event. LSU fired a four-over 292 to go with a six-over 294 from Sunday and stands at 10-over 586 after 36 holes. They are one shot behind the University of Georgia which is at nine-over 293 after a three-over round of 291 on Monday.

LSU is four shots clear of both Oklahoma State and Arkansas, who are tied for third at 14-over 590 with Texas Tech dropping back from third to fifth at 18-over 594. Host Purdue made the day's biggest jump with a two-under round of 286 and moved from 12th to sixth in the 15-team competition with a two-day score of 20 over 596.

The Lady Tigers posted four very solid counting team scores for the second straight day but there was some scrambling involved during the course of the round. Sophomore Austin Ernst turned at three-over par but on the back nine posted 5 birdies, 2 pars and 2 bogeys to get the final total back to even par 72. That puts her at one-under par 143 for the 36 holes (71-72) and in solo fifth entering the final round. She is three shots out of the three-way tie for the lead held by Emilie Burger of Georgia (66-74), Laura Gonzalez of Purdue (75-65) and Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia (74-66). They are all at four-under 140 for the competition.

LSU senior Tessa Teachman had four birdies and two bogeys on the back nine to get her score in at two-over 74 and stands in a tie for 10th place three-over 147 (73-74).

The Lady Tigers also counted one-over 73s from sophomore Lyndsey Gahm and freshman Madelene Sagstrom and both are in a tie for 15th at four-over 148 (75-73).

"I'm very pleased with how we scrambled and made up some strokes on the back nine," said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. "It was another solid round and we look forward to see what (Wednesday) holds for us."

The final round is set for a 5:30 a.m. CST shotgun start with LSU playing with Georgia, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. Live scoring is available at LSUsports.net through Golfstat.com. Follow LSU Women's Golf on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUwomensgolf and on Twitter @LSUwomensgolf.

Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Second Round Team Results (288-576)
1. Georgia 294-291 - 585 +9; 2. LSU 294-292 - 586 +10; 3. Oklahoma State 300-290 - 590 +14; 3. Arkansas 297-293 - 590 +14; 5 Texas Tech 296-298 - 594 +18; 6. Purdue 310-286 - 596 +20; 7. North Carolina State 302-296 - 598 +22; 8. Northwestern 306-296 - 602 +26; 9. SMU 310-301 - 611 +35; 10. Iowa State 305-309 - 614 +38; 10. Kent State 305-309 - 614 +38; 12. TCU 305-312 - 617 +41; 13. Michigan 310-309 - 619 +43; 14. Nebraska 309-314 - 623 +47; 15. Penn State 321-308 - 629 +53.

Top 5 Individual Results
1. Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia, 74-66 - 140 -4; 1. Emilie Burger, Georgia, 66-74, 140 -4; 1. Laura Gonzalez, Purdue, 75-65 - 140 -4; 4. Emily Tubert, Arkansas, 71-70 - 141 -3; 5. Austin Ernst, LSU, 71-72 - 143 -1.

LSU Scores
5. Austin Ernst 71-72 - 143 -1
T10. Tessa Teachman 73-74 - 147 +3
T15. Lindsay Gahm 75-73 - 148 +4
T15. Madelene Sagstrom 75-73 - 148 +4
T38. Jacqueline Hedwall 75-79 - 154 +10
T50. Katrina Hegge 73-84 - 157 +13

 

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