No. 13 LSU and Lindblad Win Florida State Match-Up

by Judy Willson | Assoc. Communications Director
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No. 13 LSU and Lindblad Win Florida State Match-Up

PANAMA CITY, Florida – The No. 13 LSU women’s golf team and Tiger rookie Ingrid Lindblad won team and individual titles at the Florida State Match-Up at the Bay Point Golf Club in Panama City, Florida on Sunday afternoon.

For the Tigers, it is the third team championship of the season and the second individual crown for Lindblad.

“It’s a great day to be a Tiger,” said second-year head coach Garrett Runion. “I’m very proud of this team and the way they bounced back after narrowly missing out on the win at the IJGA in Mexico early last week. Winning is always hard and winning wire-to-wire with a big lead can add more pressure. It makes it even more rewarding when you finish it off.

“The first two rounds were cold and consistently blowing 15 miles per hour, making it a tough day. We played some of our best golf and gave ourselves a comfortable lead. Today we didn’t get off to the best of starts and our lead shrank for a majority of the day. No one let it affect them and kept plugging away to extend back to our original lead towards the end of the back nine.”

LSU won the tournament with a 14-stroke lead, finishing at 22-over 886 ahead of host Florida State. All five scoring Tigers finished in the Top 18 on the player leaderboard. Lindblad was the only player that finished under par at 4-under 212 for the 54-hole tournament and shot 3-under 69 in the final round. She led the field in birdies (12), par 5 scoring (4.42; -7) and par 4 scoring (4.07; +2) and was tied for fourth in par 3 scoring (3.08; +1). Lindblad picked up an eagle on Sunday, one of six players in the field to hit one during the tournament.

Freshman Latanna Stone and sophomore Alden Wallace finished in a three-way tie for fifth place at 9-over 225, while sophomore Presley Baggett shot 11-over 227 for a tie in eighth place. Junior Kendall Griffin finished up a 14-over 230 in a five-way tie for 14th place.

“2-under on the back as a team is really strong play and what helped us get the win today,” said Runion. “Everyone contributed and it was a total team effort with all of our scorers finishing in the top 15 with four in the top 10. Ingrid winning the individual title was a definite highlight.”

LSU has a short week before leaving on Wednesday for the annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, South Carolina, March 6-8. Final scoring for the Florida State Match-Up is available at Golfstat.com.

Florida State Match-Up – Final

1. No. 13 LSU – 289-303-294 – 886 +22

2. No. 24 Florida State – 307-2956-297 – 900 +36

T3. No. 12 Alabama – 305-307-302 – 914 +50

T3. No. 40 Clemson – 304-310-300 – 914 +50

5. South Florida – 310-308-302 – 920 +56

T6. Kansas State – 312-317-304 – 933 +69

T6. Missouri – 320-312-301 – 933 +69

8. Coastal Carolina – 318-310-306 – 934 +70

9. Memphis – 321-311-303 – 935 +71

10. Toledo – 340-335-327 – 1,002 +138

LSU Scores

1. Ingrid Lindblad – 71-72-69 – 212 -4

T5. Latanna Stone – 75-77-73 – 225 +9

T5. Alden Wallace – 73-76-76 – 225 +9

T8. Presley Baggett – 72-78-77 – 227 +11

T14. Kendall Griffin – 73-81-76 – 230 +14

*T42. Kiana Oshiro – 85-82-74 – 241 +25