LSU’s McChrystal cards record 64 in Round 4
Friday, May 21, 2010
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WILMINGTON, N.C. – Megan McChrystal has a little bit of amnesia when it comes to Friday’s final round of the NCAA Championship. The LSU junior, playing as an individual this week at the Country Club of Landfall, made nine birdies and just one bogey (courtesy of a three-putt at No. 17) for a 64 and the NCAA Championship scoring record. The previous low round in a national championship was 65.
“I didn’t really know what I was shooting, actually,” McChrystal said.
The ability to block out what she’s doing on the course is something McChrystal always strives for in her rounds. It’s a common theme when McChrystal puts together a good score, but this one takes the cake. Sixty-four is two shots lower than her previous personal best.
McChrystal credits the round to precision around the greens, as she fired at pins all day. Most of her birdie putts were inside 10 feet, with the exception of a bomb at No. 10 from the back of the green, and another at No. 7 that measured about 30 feet.
Her longest stretch of birdies came at Nos. 12-15, which put her at 8 under, before she gave one back at No. 17. She then finished with a birdie at No. 18.
“I feel comfortable here, I felt comfortable at the (NCAA Fall) Preview,” she said. “I felt like it was out there – I didn’t know that low (of a score) was out there.”
McChrystal’s final round put her at 5-under 213 for the tournament, good enough for a T-5 finish. That was 18 spots higher on the leaderboard than she started Friday. LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said she and McChrystal had set their sights set on a 66, which they figured would put McChrystal in the top 10. As the birdies kept coming, coach was much more nervous than player. When McChrystal stepped up to the par-3 16th – which featured a front pin that brought water in front into play – Bahnsen got a little scared.
“My heart started pounding on 16 because she hit it high and it kind of drifted right on her,” Bahnsen said. “It made it safely on. Once we got through that hole, I felt like, ‘OK, let’s just do this.’ ”
– Beth Ann Baldry contributed