Runion Signs First LSU Women's Golf Recruiting Class
BATON ROUGE – LSU women’s golf head coach Garrett Runion has signed his first recruits for the 2019-20 season. Ingrid Lindblad and Latanna Stone have put their signatures on National Letters of Intent to become Tigers.
“I am very excited about our 2019 signing class,” said Runion. “Anytime you can sign a player like Ingrid Lindblad, who is a Top 150 player in the world amateur ranks and played on the Junior Ryder Cup team for Europe this year, you know you’ve got a good player. Pair her with Latanna Stone who ranks among the Top 25 in the United States for her class, you know you have a solid 1-2 punch that should make an immediate impact.”
Lindblad is from Halmstad, Sweden and is currently ranked 136th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). During the 2018 season, she won the stroke play portion of the British Junior Girls Championship and the Allainz German Girls Open at 14-under par. Lindblad represented Europe on the Junior Ryder Cup squad in September and was a member of Team Sweden that took third place at the 2018 European Girls Team Championship in July.
Lindblad was the 2018 runner-up at the ANNIKA Invitational Europe and finished in the Top 10 at the World junior Girls Championship in Canada, while Team Sweden placed fifth out of 19 teams. At the 2018 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan, she placed sixth as an individual at 3-under par as the team finished third.
She has been a three-time silver medalist at the Swedish Ladies Team Championship (2016, 2017 and 2018) and won the Jonkoping Junior Open twice (2015, 2018).
In 2017, Lindblad won the Irish Open Stroke Play title, the Stenson Sunesson Junior Challenge and the Swedish Junior Classic. She also finished third at the Greg Norman Academy Junior Invitational.
Stone, from Riverview, Florida, is currently ranked 35th in the Rolex American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rankings and 20th in the country in the Class of 2019. She has competed in seven AJGA events so far in 2018 and has posted a 73.71 scoring average.
The 2018 AJGA Honorable Mention All-American posted five Top-10 finishes from March thru August, including a runner-up score at the AJGA Junior at Saddlebrook in June and a tie for eighth place at the AJGA Girls Championship in August.
In 2017, Stone was the Optimist International Junior Champion and made match play at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She also finished in the Top 5 at the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational. Stone was also a part of Team USA at the Evian Championship Junior Cup in France in 2015.
Among the Florida high school ranks, Stone was the first repeat champion in the 40-year history of the Crutchfield/Hawkins tournament. She also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the ages of 10 and 12.
“As a team, we are really looking forward to when Ingrid and Latanna join us next year to compete for the Tigers,” stated Runion. “Having one of the best players from Europe and one of the best from the United State set foot on campus will raise the level of play for the team. I know they will push each other and the rest of the team to get better.”