NORMAN, Okla. - - Junior Madelene Sagstrom fired a 4-under par round of 66 on the final day to capture her first individual college tournament championship as the Schooner Fall Invite came to a close Monday at the Belmar Golf Club.
Sagstrom became the 15th women’s golfer in the 35 years of the program to score an individual championship and it is the 38th women’s title for an LSU golfer in the history of the program. It is the first since Austin Ernst won the 2011 Cougar Classic to open the 2011-12 season.
The Swedish junior, who led the team in stroke average last season and was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference by the league coaches, had a third place finish her freshman year and two runnerup finishes last season before breaking through in the second event of the fall with her first title.
Sagstrom had seven birdies on the day shooting 2-under on each side, 34-32, over the 36-34 par 70 layout to shoot 4-under 66. That followed back-to-back even par rounds of 70 Saturday and Sunday to give her a winning 54-hole total of 4-under 206. That gave her a two-shot win over Liz Breed of Kentucky who finished at 2-under 208 after a final round 64 with Taylor Kim of Kent State in third at 209 after a final round 209.
Sagstrom tied for the lead on the par 4s for the tournament, posting -4, while tying for the tournament lead in birdies with 12. She was tied for sixth in the tournament with 34 pars. Sagstrom’s 206 aggregate total is the third lowest in LSU history and three shots better than Sagstrom’s previous low of 2109 in the 2011 Tar Heel Invitational.
“It feels great,” Sagstrom said of winning her first tournament. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to get it. I played pretty solid and was able to putt well all weekend.”
LSU’s Caroline Nistrup also had an outstanding tournament, finishing in fourth place at even par 210. The Denmark freshman had rounds of 73-65-72 in her second start for the Lady Tigers. Nistrup, who led after 36 holes, posted sides of 39-33 on the final day.
The Lady Tiger team finished in a tie for third in the event after a 10-over par round of 290 that left LSU at 36-over 876 for the three-day event. Besides Sagstrom and Nistrup, LSU got another strong finish from senior Ali Lucas of Crowley, who birdied three of the final eight holes to finish at even par 70. Lucas posted a three-day total of 10-over 220 to finish in a tie for 22nd place. The final counting score was an 82 by Nadine Dreher.
LSU tied with Arizona State for third place at 876, with Oklahoma State posting a team round of 1-under to win at 28-over 868, six shots better than Oklahoma at 34-over 874. The Sooners were two shots in front of LSU and Arizona State.
The ability of this Lady Tiger team to stay the course showed after posting 13-over on the four counting scores through the first nine holes. LSU came back to play the final nine holes of the event, after falling to seventh, at 3-under par to move back into third.
“It was a good learning experience for our team,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. “We were able to stay in the moment and not let early mistakes stop our entire round and we were able to make ground back up over the final nine holes. They just keep fighting and if we keep putting ourselves in position, good things are going to happen to this group.”
It will be a quick turnaround for the Lady Tiger golf team as they return late Monday night and leave on Wednesday for the Lady Tar Heel event in Chapel Hill, N.C., the third of four fall tournaments.
Schooner Fall Invite
Final Team Results (Par 70-210)
1. Oklahoma State 293-296-279 – 868 +28; 2. Oklahoma 307-286-281 – 874 +34; 3. LSU 295-291-290 – 876 +36; 3. Arizona State 293-295-288 – 876 +36; 5. Kentucky 300-296-283 – 879 +39; 6. Denver 298-306-277 – 881 +41; 7. Kent State 298-303-282 – 883 +43; 8. Florida State 296-305-284 – 885 +45; 9. Texas A&M 303-304-280 – 887 +47; 10. Pepperdine309-293-287 – 889 +49; 11. TCU 301-303-287 –891 +51; 12. SMU 306-302-287 – 895 +55; 13. Texas Tech 313-304-284 – 901 +61; 14. Georgia 311-308-284 – 903 +63; 15. Texas State 303-298-303 – 904 +64
Top 5 Individuals (Par 70-210)
1. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 70-70-66 – 206 -4; 2. Liz Breed, Kentucky, 72-72-64 – 208 -2; 3. Taylor Kim, Kent State 72-69-68 – 209 -1; 4. Caroline Nistrup, LSU, 73-65-72 – 210 E; 5. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver, 70-76-65 – 211 +1.