No. 3 Gamecocks Advance at SEC, Play Suspended

Women’s Golf | 04/15/2022 22:21:00

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — No. 3 South Carolina leads in two games, trails in one and is tied in the other two against No. 9 Alabama late in the SEC Match Play quarterfinals. Play was suspended due to darkness late Friday.

The quarter-final matches, which were scheduled to take place on Saturday, have been postponed to today due to impending extreme weather conditions in the region. There was a quick start to the field at 10 a.m. (ET) this morning.

A pair of freshmen in Louise Rydqvist (3-up) and Hannah darling (2-up) both lead by several holes in their matches. The French junior tandem of the Gamecocks, Mathilde Claisse (up to 14) and Justine Fournand (up to 15) are both tied in their games down the stretch. Fournand fell behind by two and fought back to tie his game at the turn. Claisse’s game was back and forth the entire course and tied for eight of its 14 holes.

Second year Paula Kirner, who has plenty of match play experience, was replaced in the lineup after stroke play ended late in the afternoon. She drags in pairs through 14 holes.

The winner between the Gamecocks and Crimson Tide faces the winner of No. 14 LSU and Vanderbilt. The Tigers have already scored the first point on the board and led three more games.

SEC Game Player Quarterfinals
Justine Fournand (CS) against Emilie Overas (ALA), AS until 15
Mathilde Claisse (CS) against Angelica Moresco (ALA), AS until 14
Louise Rydqvist (CS) against Isabella van der Biest (ALA), from 3 to 14
Paula Kirner (CS) against Benedetta Moresco (ALA), 2-down to 14
Hannah darling (CS) against Polly Mack (ALA), from 2 to 13

Carolina took third place in the stroke play of the tournament to advance to match play for the fourth time in four seasons of the new format (started in 2018) earlier in the day. The Gamecocks shot a par 288 in the final round.

Rydqvist continued his outstanding play, pacing Carolina with a 3-under 69. She was bogey-free until a four on her last hole, the tough par-3 second. Rydqvist T-6and to earn his third top 10 of the season in his SEC Championship debut.

Darling also notched another top 10, her team-best sixth of the season as she shot even par (72) in the third round to end the tournament at 1-over. Claisse shot 73 (+1) and T-15and at 3-over and Fournand carded a 74 (+2) at T-15and with Claisse and Celina Sattelkau of Vanderbilt.

The Gamecocks were the only team in stroke play with four players in the top 20 of the final individual standings.

Transfer graduate Tai Anaudit shot 76 (+4) in the final round and T-36and at 9-over for the tournament. She had a trio of birdies but was hurt by a pair of double bogeys in her round.

LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad came from behind to earn medalist honors. She shot a record 66 (-6) in the final round today. Lindblad trailed by one before the par-5 18and hole and sank a 30-foot eagle putt to win.

2022 SEC Women’s Golf Championship R3 Rankings

1. No. 20 Auburn – 864 (E)
2. LSU No. 14 – 866 (+2)
3. No. 3 South Carolina – 867 (+3)

4. No. 23 Ole Miss – 876 (+12)
T5. No. 10 Florida – 880 (+16)
T5. No. 9 Alabama – 880 (+16)
7. No. 40 Vanderbilt – 881 (+17)
8.Tennessee – 887 (+23)
9. No. 11 Texas A&M – 892 (+23)
10. No. 27 Georgia – 893 (+29)
T11. No. 29 Mississippi State – 895 (+31)
T11. No. 22 Kentucky – 985 (+31)
13. No. 19 Arkansas – 899 (+35)
14. Missouri – 921 (+57)

2022 SEC Women’s Golf Championship Ranking R3 Gamecock

T6. Louise Rydqvist – 216 (E)
T9. Hannah darling – 217 (+1)
T15. Justine Fournand – 219 (+3)
T15. Mathilde Claisse – 219 (+3)
T36. Tai Anaudit – 225 (+9)

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