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LSU and Lindblad win Clemson Invitational titles

Ingrid Lindblad from LSU was the only golfer to finish under par at the Clemson Invitational. Lindblad won the individual title for her second straight tournament win. (SCGolfclub.com photo)

LSU’s Ingred Lindblad had the Clemson Invitational individual title in her bag when she birdied her 17th hole to help the Tigers win the team title.

Lindblad and the LSU team started the final round trailing the leaders. Lindblad was 1-shot behind for the individual lead and the team trailed Kentucky by 3 shots

Lindblad, the third ranked college golfer in recent polls, shot a 4-under par 68 during a blustery final round at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

The LSU junior was the only golfer to finish under par shooting a 54 hole total of 4-under 212 to win by 5-shots over Annabella Fuller from Florida.

The victory was the second straight win for Lindblad, who is now the leader in career wins at the school with eight college championships.

“It’s pretty impressive, Ingrid breaking the record which has stood for a very long time and that puts her at three wins in the last four events in the spring,” said LSU Coach Garrett Runion.

The 17th ranked Tigers, from Baton Rouge, made up the four shot deficit for the win by shooting a 4-over par 292 in the final round.

LSU topped Illinois by 1-shot to win the 2022 Clemson Invitational championship. (SCGolfclub.com photo)

“It was a nice win. Everyone contributed during the course of the tournament. The birdies by Ingrid on 17 and Jessica Bailey on 18 were very important. The last three holes were into the wind and played very tough,” Runion said.

The tournament host team had a very good opening round as Clemson finished the first day tied with Illinois for the lead.

Annabelle Pancake was the top Tiger finishing in a tie for 15th place. (SCGolfclub.com)

However, in the second round the wind became a major factor and even playing on the Tigers home course scores blew up to 316 and dropped Clemson back to seventh place.

Clemson finished in 10th. The top Tiger golfer was Annabelle Pancake who finished at 8-over par in a tie for 15th place,

“When you play on your home course under conditions you don’t see the rest of the year it can be a disadvantage,” said Clemson coach Kelley Hester. “I was a little disappointed in our golf, to be honest, but I’m always proud of my girls effort-wise they were out there grinding,” she said.

Furman’s Anna Morgan earned another top finish when she flirted with the lead before earning 5th place. (SCGolfclub.com)

Led by a fifth place finish from Anna Morgan Furman finished in eighth place.

The tournament was the last regular seasons event for the Lady Paladins before the SoCon tournament in April.

“Day one and day three we played solid golf,” said Jeff Hull, the Lady Paladins’ coach. “Anna is playing incredible golf and everyone else is filling in. I think we are peaking at the right time,” he added.

Morgan opened the tournament with a 1-under par 71 to be in second place. In the second round, when the wind caused all scores to go up, Morgan battled the conditions to finish the second round at even par for the tournament.

“It was a real grind with the wind,” said Morgan. “Especially putting was pretty difficult the last two days,” she said.

Morgan stayed in contention through the final round finishing at 3-over par for the tournament after shooting a 75 in the final round.

“I think right now Anna is playing as well as any golfer in the country. She has a win and a couple of top-5 finishes against great fields and I’m not sure she has played her best golf yet,” he said.

Two Clemson seniors were playing in their last regular season event and received special recognition after the tournament.

Clemson Coach Kelley Hester congratulates her two senior players’ contributions to the program. Lindsay May (l) and Calista Rice (r). (SCGolfclub.com)

Calista Rice is a 5th year senior who has played in every event this season. Lindsay May has been with the team for four years and playing as an individual entrant finished tied for 38th.

“These girls have been very important part of our young program and we want them to know how much we have appreciated their contributions to the program,” said Hester.

The tournament usually draws a very good field, but this year it was even a little stronger. One of the reasons was many of the teams have golfers who will play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this week.

LSU’s Lindblum finished third in the event last year. Furman’s Morgan and Clemson’s Savannah Grewal along with USC’s Hannah Darling and Kentucky’s Jensen Castle from Columbia are also in the elite field.

The Clemson team will next be in action at the ACC Tournament being played at The Reserve Club on Pawleys Island starting on April 14th

The Lady Paladins next will play in the SoCon Championship on the Dye Course at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach starting on April 17th.

Scores from the Clemson Invitational https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=23564

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