Sagstrom Named SEC Women's Golfer of the Year

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Sagstrom Named SEC Women's Golfer of the Year

BATON ROUGE – LSU senior Madelene Sagstrom, ranked No. 2 in the nation in women’s college golf by both Golfweek and Golfstat, has been named the 2015 Southeastern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Year on the Coaches All-SEC team announced Friday by the league office.

Sagstrom and the seventh-ranked Lady Tigers will go for a spot in the NCAA Championships starting next Friday (May 7) in Raleigh, North Carolina, when they take part in one of the four NCAA Regionals.

Sagstrom also made first team All-SEC for the third straight year and was joined there for the second straight year by sophomore Caroline Nistrup of Denmark. Louisiana native Elise Bradley of Mandeville was named to the league’s All-SEC second team.

Sagstrom is the third LSU women’s golfer to earn SEC Player of the Year honors, joining Jenny Lidback in 1986 and Kristi Coats in 1991.

The native of Sweden is in the process of a record-breaking season as the active leader in the SEC in stroke average at 71.07 for 27 rounds. She is on pace to be the first LSU women’s golfer to average below 72 for a season of golf in the 36-year history of the LSU program. Megan McChrystal, in 2010-11, averaged the present school record for single season stroke average at 72.35.

For 119 career rounds, Sagstrom is averaging 72.93 and is just ahead of the school record pace that McChrystal set in her four years (2008-11) of 73.15 for 123 career rounds.

Sagstrom becomes the sixth LSU women’s golf to be named on the All-SEC team three times and joins Megan McChrystal (08-11), Ashley Winn (95-98) and Meredith Duncan (99-02) as the only golfers to be named to three All-SEC first teams in their careers. Duncan like Sagstrom did it in her final three seasons, while McChrystal and Winn had one second team and three first team citations as LSU women’s golf only four-time All-SEC selections.

With a total of 17 top 10 finishes (7 this year), which is seventh most in school history, Sagstrom has finished no worse than fourth in each of the last six tournaments while posting a combined total of 25-under par over the last 19 rounds dating back to a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Lady Tar Heel tournament in October.

Sagstrom finished T4 at 6-under in The Alamo, T3 at -1 at the Lady Puerto Rico, T1 with teammate Nistrup in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, second after losing in a playoff in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at 6-under, third at even par in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and third after a 5-under score in the SEC Championships.

Sagstrom’s win at the Allstate was the second of her career and made her the ninth golfer in LSU women’s history to win multiple individual titles during their career.

Nistrup had a second straight outstanding year in earning her second straight first-team citation, averaging 72.30, which entering the regional is also better than any stroke average in any previous season at LSU. Nistrup has had eight top 10 finishes in two years, four this year, and her first collegiate win came when she tied teammate Sagstrom in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at 4-under 212.

Nistrup also finished in 2nd place with one of the lowest 54-hole scores in school history when she posted rounds of 66-70-69 to post 11-under 205 in The Alamo in San Antonio to close out the fall.

The Sagstrom-Nistrup first team selection marks the eighth time in program history that LSU has had two Lady Tigers on the SEC’s first team.

Bradley’s second team honors highlighted what has been one of the most improved seasons in college golf in the country this year. Bradley captured her first collegiate title in the regular season finale when she won in extra holes the title in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic at the University Club in Baton Rouge. Bradley, who had four top 10 finishes on the year, posted 74-68-72 to finish at -2, 214.

Bradley also tied for third at the Lady Puerto Rico at -1, 215 as she improved her stroke average from 79.76 to 72.85 with 18 rounds of par or under out of 27.

The Lady Tiger golf team has had three team wins on the season and second place finishes in three other events as it looks to return to the NCAA Championships for the first time since the back-to-back third place finishes in 2011 and 2012. LSU is the second seed in the Raleigh regional tournament and is making its 21st appearance since the regional tournaments began qualifying teams for the NCAA Championships in 1993.

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The 2015 All-Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Team as selected by the league coaches:

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
Bianca Fabrizio, Texas A&M (SEC Championship Medalist)
Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M
Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M
Gabriela Lopez, Arkansas
Madelene Sagstrom, LSU
Justine Dreher, South Carolina
Allyson McDonald, Mississippi State
Caroline Nistrup, LSU

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Emma Talley, Alabama
Chieh Jessica Peng, Mississippi State
Anna Newell, Tennessee
Jennifer Hahn, Vanderbilt
Lucia Polo, Tennessee
Elise Bradley, LSU
Regina Plasencia, Arkansas
Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina

COACH OF THE YEAR
Kalen Anderson, South Carolina

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Madelene Sagstrom, LSU

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
*Justine Dreher, South Carolina
*Lucia Polo, Tennessee

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M
Anna Newell, Tennessee
Cindy Ha, Vanderbilt
Sophia Schubert, Auburn
Lakareber Abe, Alabama
Taylor Tomlinson, Florida
Kelli Murphy, Auburn

* – Indicates a tie

LSU Women’s Golf All-SEC History
LSU Golfers of the Year
1986 – Jenny Lidback
1991 – Kristi Coats
2015 – Madelene Sagstrom

3-Time Or More All-SEC Women’s Golf Selections
Megan McChrystal (2008-11) – 4-time All-SEC
Ashley Winn (1995-98) – 4-time All-SEC
Michelle Louviere (1996-98) – 3-time All-SEC
Katy Wilkinson Harris (1998-99, 01) – 3-time All-SEC
Meredith Duncan (2000-02) – 3-time All-SEC
Madelene Sagstrom (2013-15) – 3-time All-SEC

Years LSU Women’s Golf Had Multiple All-SEC First Team Selections
1992 – Kristi Coats, Julie Rigazio
1996 – Michelle Louviere, Laura Moore, Ashley Winn
1997 – Lisette Lee, Laura Moore
1998 – Katy Wilkinson, Ashley Winn
2000 – Lisette Lee, Meredith Duncan
2001 – Katy Harris, Meredith Duncan
2014 – Madelene Sagstrom, Caroline Nistrup
2015 – Madelene Sagstrom, Caroline Nistrup