Furman senior Natalie Srinivasan won back to back tournament titles with victories at The Glass City Invitational in Toledo and a home course win in the Lady Paladin Invitational.
Srinivasan’s first win this year and second win of her college career was accomplished on the legendary Inverness Club in Toledo.
The Lady Paladin golfer won the first women’s college tournament ever played at the famous course.
“To get a win at this famous course in the first women’s college tournament played here makes it pretty special,” she said.
A little over a week later the former Dorman High School state champion got an ever bigger win when she came from behind to win the Lady Paladin on her home course.
“This has been something that I have wanted since I was a freshman. It is very special to play at home and have all of the families here to support us,”she said.
The win was even more amazing considering how she started the tournament with a terrible cold and still opened the event with a 1-over par 73.
“I went home Friday and got IV fluids at my dad’s office (Srinivasan’s father is a physician in Spartanburg) so that really helped me feel better. I was just able to put that behind me and keep my mind quiet while I was playing so I could try to catch Siyun Liu from Wake Forest,” she said.
Liu opened the tournament shooting a 5-under par 67 that left Srinivasan six shots out of the lead and tied for 16th place after the first round.
After the IV treatment Srinivasan bounced back with a 2-under par 70 in the second round to move up to fourth place.
Srinivasan now trailed second round leader Lorena Tseng from Tulsa by four shots.
Srinivasan’s final round started with eight straight pars and a bogey. She still trailed the leaders with nine holes to go.
Srinivasan birdied the first four holes on the back nine and went from seventh to a tie for the lead with firs round leader Liu.
The Wake Forest golfer opened the door for Srinivasan when she bogeyed the 17th hole.
The three time All-SoCon golfer parred 17 to got up by a stroke and wrapped up the win with a birdie on the 18th hole.
Herr final round 68 was the low score on the last day and hr 211 total earned Srinivasan a two shot victory.
Much like her win at the Glass City Invitational her last nine holes made the difference between a good finish and a win.
At Inverness Srinivasan birdied four of her last eight holes to top Florida’s Sierra Brooks by 4-shots.
“Winning at Inverness was huge bonus since the course was super hard, but I was not expecting to win this week so it means a lot. Wake Forest is obviously a talented team and I knew it would take some really solid golf to come out ahead of their players this week,” she said.
#1 ranked Wake Forest claimed the team title by 5 shots over the 18th ranked Lady Paladins.
Furman freshman Anna Morgan shot even par for the 54 hole event to finish in eighth place.
Srinivasan won her first college event at the 2016 SoCon championship when she claimed medalist honors and earned All-SoCon honors.
“I am really proud of Natalie. I know she really wanted to win this tournament, and I was so proud of how she played on the back nine. She has two wins in a row and really has solidified herself as one of the top players in the country,” said Furman coach Jeff Hull.
In addition to winning two tournaments this fall Srinivasan qualified for the second stage of LPGA Qualifying school after finishing 8th at the first stage.
Second stage qualifying begins on October 12th in Venice, Florida.
“Winning twice just makes me want to work harder on my weaknesses and try to see where it will take me moving forward,”
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