Lindblad Named Finalist For 2019-20 ANNIKA Award
BATON ROUGE — LSU freshmen Ingrid Lindblad has been named a finalist for the 2019-20 ANNIKA Award as announced this evening during Golf Central on the Golf Channel.
Lindblad is one of three finalists, along with Vivian Hou of Arizona and Natalie Srinivasan of Furman. The ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel is given annually to the top female collegiate golfer. The winner is voted on by players, coaches and members of the golf media and will be announced on May 8 during Golf Central on the Golf Channel. The winner receives an exemption into the 2021 Evian Championship.
Lindblad, a native of Halmstad, Sweden, is the second LSU Tiger to be named a finalist in the seven seasons of the award program. Alumna Madelene Sagstrom, also from Sweden, was a finalist for the award in 2015.
In addition to recognition by the ANNIKA Award, Lindblad received an invitation to the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur and was selected to the International Team for the 2020 Palmer Cup. She also earned SEC honors for Freshman of the Week on February 19 and Golfer of the Week on March 4. Earlier this week, she was named the Golfer and Freshman of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
In her shortened rookie season, Lindblad finished No. 2 in Golfweek and No. 9 in the NCAA Golfstat rankings, and shot 14 of 21 rounds of par or under over seven tournaments. She recorded five Top-5 finishes with two wins at the Magnolia Invitational (October 14-16, 2019) and the Florida State Match-Up (February 29-March 1, 2020).
Lindblad shot a career single-round low of 6-under 66 to start the Spring season in the first round of the IJGA Collegiate Invitational on February 16, 2020. Her final stroke average of 70.33 set an LSU single season record, passing Sagstrom’s mark of 71.48 in 2014-15.
Lindblad and her teammates pushed the Tigers to a final No. 12 ranking in the nation by Golfweek and No. 13 ranking by Golfstat.
For more about the ANNIKA Award, go to www.annikaaward.com.