Former LSU Golfer Sagstrom Dreaming Big
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE – To say that former LSU women’s golf All-America and SEC POY Madelene Sagstrom had a dream first pro year on the Symetra Tour might be an understated.
But because of that dream season, more dreams and opportunities lie ahead for her in 2017.
Sagstrom played in 15 events on the Symetra Tour, the secondary tour to the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. She won three times, posted 12 top 10 finishes and had just one missed cut.
In the process, she became the fastest to win over $50,000 on tour, the first ever on tour to win over $100,000 and then the first to $150,000.
In the final round Sunday of the Symetra Tour Championship, Sagstrom, a native of Sweden, who made her mark with the LSU women’s golf team from 2012-15, posted a 7-under 64 to assure another top four finish.
That night in Longwood, Florida, the Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, crowned the final top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list during a ceremony at Alaqua Country Club following the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship presented by IOA.
Sagstrom was named the Symetra Tour Player of the Year and Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year, earning one of the 10 cards to play on the LPGA Tour next year.
First-year players dominated the 2016 season. The final top 10 featured six players that were playing their first full seasons on Tour (Madelene Sagstrom, Ally McDonald, Wichanee Meechai, Dana Finkelstein, Nelly Korda, Peiyun Chien).
The 23-year-old Sagstrom won $167,064 on the tour. Throw in cashes in two LPGA events she played in – the U.S. Women’s Open and the Canadian Pacific event – and her total money won on this year is an astounding $186,966.
It amounts, money aside, to what has to be considered the greatest start-to-finish women’s pro golf season by a former LSU Lady Tiger.
Sagstrom wasted no time making a name for herself by finishing in a tie for third at the season opener and playing in the final group. She finished in a tie for second at the second event and then won the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial to take over the top spot on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.
Sagstrom also won the biggest purse of the season, the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic. She broke the single-season earnings record after a solo second place finish at the Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy Classic, which was her seventh start of the season.
“I’ve learned so much about myself and my game during my first season on the Symetra Tour. I’m super excited to bring it onto the next level against the best players in the world. It is going to be a dream come true to play on the LPGA. It is a childhood dream of mine to play out there and I am just super thankful to have this opportunity to play out here (Symetra Tour) and really learn. It has been so much fun and I am honored and blessed to be part of this,” said Sagstrom about her year.
Some other notable Sagstrom notes, courtesy of the Symetra Tour PR staff:
• Sagstrom broke the single-season earnings record, which was previously held by Cindy LaCrosse ($94,578 in 2010).
• Her mentor is 11-time European Tour winner Robert Karlsson, who she was first introduced to before the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2015
• Sagstrom has been asked to attempt as well the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School to keep her eligible to possibly for the European squad in the 2017 Solheim Cup.
• Along with everything else Sagstrom won the Symetra Swift Award, given to the player that ranks first on the final Volvik Race for the Card money list. She earned $1,000 for winning the Symetra Swift award and gets to make a $1,000 donation in her name to a charity of choice.