Hot Start Down South

Dores second through 36 holes at LSU Tiger Golf Classic

BATON ROUGE, La. – Three Vanderbilt student-athletes rank among the top 10 individuals while the women’s golf team sits in second place Tuesday through 36 holes at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic. Vanderbilt carded respective rounds of 286-290 and trails first-place LSU by nine strokes. The Commodores are six shots clear of third-place Ole Miss.

“I wasn’t quite sure how we’d come out and play on this course today,” head coach Greg Allen said. “There is potential for some big numbers if you don’t have control of your golf ball, and I thought our girls did a great job of quieting any potential for chaos by keeping the ball in play most of the day. I’m really proud of the fight that I saw.”

The Dores paced the field through 18 holes behind 1-under contributions from Celina Sattelkau and Louise Yu. Austin Kim and Tess Davenport carded even-par showings to start the 14-team event.

Kim (72-72), Sattelkau (71-73) and Yu (71-73) are tied for eighth in the medalist race at even-par and four strokes behind co-leaders Carla Tejedo Mulet (LSU) and Hannah Levi (Mississippi State). Davenport is tied for 43rd at 7-over.

Morgan Baxendale had three birdies on the front nine and added two more on the back half of her second round to put the final touches on an even-par circuit.

“Everyone got off to a good start in the morning round and that’s important when you have all five scores under or around par,” Allen added. “Tomorrow will be a big opportunity for us, and a chance to take some great momentum into the SEC Championships next week. Regardless of the outcome, today was a big step in the right direction, and one I’ve been talking about with our girls since mid-February.”

Wednesday’s final round on the University Club’s par-72, 6,350-yard track is shaping up to determine the event’s team and individual winners. Live results will be available at