LSU golfers close strong in Illini Women’s Invitational

LSU sophomore Carla Tejedo Mulet had her best career finish Tuesday in the Illini Women’s Invitational at the Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

Sparked by individual third-place finishes by sophomore Carla Tejedo Mulet and junior Ingrid Lindblad, LSU’s women’s golf team finished fourth Tuesday in the 15-team Illini Women’s Invitational at the Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

The Tigers finished 11-under par 853 after shooting three sub-par rounds of 286-281-286.

Georgia and Louisville tied for first in the event at 15-under par 849 while Purdue was one shot back in third at 14-under. LSU was one shot clear of fifth place San Jose State at 10-under par 854.

“It was a solid tournament for us,” LSU coach Garrett Runion said. “Obviously we would have liked to get the win. But after starting the first nine holes in last place and entering the last nine holes to have a chance to win, I’ll definitely take that. We had a lot of good come from this tournament. We had three players finish under par. That’s always nice.”

Tejedo Mulet (68-71-71) and Lindblad (72-70-68) both finished at 6-under par 210.

It was Tejedo Mulet’s third LSU top 10 finish and the best of her career. For Lindblad, it was the 12th top 5 finish for Lindblad in her LSU career and her 16th top 10 finish.

Emily Price of Kent State was the individual winner at 10-under par 206 (69-68-69) while former LSU player Kendall Griffin of Louisville was second at 7-under 209. Lauren Thibodeau of Louisville tied with Lindblad and Tejedo Mulet for third.

“I feel really good about this tournament because we came up to a course that nobody has ever played and conditions and grass that we weren’t used to,” Runion said. “We adjusted well after not the greatest start and to put ourselves in contention to win.

LSU led the field in birdies with 53, six more than host Illinois, while playing the par 5 holes in 1-under par, third best in the 15-team field. Tejedo Mulet was .458 on the par 5s (third best in the field), with Lindblad fifth on the par 3s at 2.92 and T5 on the par 4s at 3.90.

The Tigers play their second of a three-tournament in three weeks stretch next Monday through Wednesday in the Stephens Cup in Roland, Arkansas at the Alotian Club.

It is a unique event that will combine stroke and match play. It will be televised on the Golf Channel.

LSU Individual Totals 286-281-286 – 853 (-11)

T3. Ingrid Lindblad           72-70-68 – 210 (-6)

T3. Carla Tejedo Mulet 68-71-71 – 210 (-6)

T23. Elsa Svensson          74-68-73 – 215 (-1)

T50. Latanna Stone         75-72-74 – 221 (+5)

T65. Alden Wallace          72-76-76 – 224 (+8)

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