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Women's Golf in Third Place at Mercedes-Benz

Judy Willson
Judy Willson
Communications Associate

BATON ROUGE – Sophomore Alden Wallace led the charge for the LSU women’s golf team on Day 1 of the 23rd annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Tigers are in third place after the first two rounds at 8-over 576, while Wallace is tied for fourth place at 3-under 139. After shooting a 291 in the first round, LSU cut six strokes off its score in the second round to 285 and a three-place jump in the standings from sixth to third place. Wallace shot a solid 70 for 1-under in the first round, following up with a 2-under 69. Her second round included four birdies and her first eagle of the season on No. 16.

“Our ladies were very excited to start the season,” said second-year head coach Garrett Runion. “They were getting tired of playing against each other and were ready to compete against some other teams. It was a solid start to the tournament and we got stronger as the day went on. Mentally, this team is well-advanced of their years. It was a very long and hot day of 36 hole and everyone wanted to keep playing.

“Alden played steady all day long and bounced back after a bad hole that was really just one bad swing. Kiana (Oshiro) and Ingrid (Lindblad) played well in their Tiger debut and Kendall (Griffin) seems to be getting better and better each time she tees it up for the Tigers.”

Junior Kendall Griffin and freshman Ingrid Lindblad are tied for 20th place at 3-over 145. Lindblad shot a 1-over 72 in the first round and followed with a 2-over 73 that included the first eagle of her collegiate career. Griffin shot the reverse with a 2-over 73 in the first round and 1-over 72 in the second round.

Junior transfer Kiana Oshiro rounded out the team scoring with a two-round score of 147. In a tie for 34th place, she shot a 5-over in the first round and bounced back with an even par 71. Sophomore Presley Baggett shot a two-round 155, and senior Monica Dibildox shot a 153 while playing as an individual.

“We have some work to do,” continued Runion. “But it’s good to be in the final group going into the final round. It was one of our goals for this tournament. You never know what could happen in the last 18 holes.”

LSU will be paired with tournament leader Kent State (555; -13) and second-place Charlotte (559; -9) on Tuesday after playing with Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky on Monday. The shotgun start time is set for 8 a.m. CT on the par 71, 5,900-yard course.

 

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LSU Individual Results – After 2 Rounds

T4. Alden Wallace – 70-69 – 139 -3

T20. Kendall Griffin – 73-72 – 145 +3

T20. Ingrid Lindblad – 72-73 – 145 +3

T34. Kiana Oshiro – 76-71 – 147 +5

T64. Presley Baggett – 80-75 – 155 +13

Individual

T55. Monica Dibildox – 74-79 – 153 +11

 

Team Standings – After 2 Rounds

1. No. 11 Kent State – 276-279 – 555 -13

2. Charlotte – 281-278 – 559 -9

3. LSU – 291-285 – 576 +8

4. Maryland – 292-285 – 577 +9

5. Chattanooga – 289-289 – 578 +10

6. Tulane – 285-299 – 584 +16

7. Augusta – 286-299 – 585 +17

8. Tennessee – 295-294 – 589 +21

9. Mercer – 303-290 – 593 +25

10. Middle Tennessee – 296-299 – 595 +27

11. UTSA – 294-302 – 596 +28

12. South Dakota State – 299-299 – 598 +30

13. Memphis – 302-303 – 605 +37

14. East Tennessee State – 308-301 – 609 +41

15. Southern Miss – 305-305 – 610 +42

16. Eastern Kentucky – 305-306 -611 +43

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