Judy Willson

Judy Willson
Communications Associate

BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s golf team earned its first Top-3 finish of the 2019-20 season at the 23rd annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon.

The Tigers maintained their standing in third place by shooting a 1-under 283 in the final round. LSU finished the 56-hole tournament with a 7-over 859. It is the first time since the Alamo Invitational in October of 2014 that LSU has recorded back-to-back rounds of 285 or less in a tournament (279-284-278).

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Three Tigers recorded their first Top-20 finishes of the season – sophomore Alden Wallace, 8th place; freshman Ingrid Lindblad, tied for 11th; and junior Kendall Griffin, tied for 18th. For Wallace it is the second Top-10 finish of her collegiate career. She shot a 72 on Tuesday to finish with a career-low 211 and 2-under for the tournament. Lindblad shot a 3-under 68 on Tuesday to finish at even 213. Griffin shot even par 71 on Tuesday to finish at 216 over the 56 holes.

“I’m very pleased with the start of our season,” said second-year head coach Garrett Runion. “We showed that we had some offense as we finished in the top 3 in birdies made for the tournament. Even though we had a few careless errors that kept us from bringing home the big trophy, we did a lot of great things and improved each round.

“Alden played the last 14 holes at 2-under after a bumpy start to the final round to collect the second Top-10 finish of her career. Ingrid played great in her first collegiate tournament and made seven birdies today, just missing out on a Top-10 finish, while Kendall also improved each round and played very consistently to become a player we can count on a lot.”

Sophomore Presley Baggett contributed to the team score on Tuesday with a 1-over 72, finishing with a 227, while junior Kiana Oshiro was fourth on the team with a 222. Senior Monica Dibildox wrapped up individual play with a 224.

“We have a little break before our next tournament,” continued Runion. “We’ll work on cleaning up a few of our mistakes and get ready for Old Dominion’s tournament the first weekend of October.”

No. 11 Kent State won the tournament, shooting 22-under 830 on the par 71, 5,900-yard course.

 

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LSU Individual Results – Final

8. Alden Wallace – 70-69-72 – 211 -2

T11. Ingrid Lindblad – 72-73-68 – 213 E

T18. Kendall Griffin – 73-72-71 – 216 +3

T40. Kiana Oshiro – 76-71-75 – 222 +9

T53. Presley Baggett – 80-75-72 – 227 +14

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T45. Monica Dibildox – 74-79-71 – 224 +11

 

Team Standings – Final

1. No. 11 Kent State – 276-279-275 – 830 -22

2. Charlotte – 281-278-276 – 835 -17

3. LSU – 291-285-283 – 859 +7

4. Tennessee – 295-294-274 – 863 +11

5. Maryland – 292-285-290 – 867 +15

6. Augusta – 286-299-284 – 869 +17

7. Chattanooga – 289-289-294 – 872 +20

8. Mercer – 303-290-289 – 882 +30

9. Tulane – 285-299-302 – 886 +34

10. Middle Tennessee – 296-299-292 – 887 +35

11. UTSA – 294-302-292 – 888 +36

12. South Dakota State – 299-299-302 – 900 +48

13. Memphis – 302-303-301 – 906 +54

14. Southern Miss – 305-305-300 – 910 +58

15. East Tennessee State – 308-301-304 – 913 +61

16. Eastern Kentucky – 305-306-310 – 921 +69

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