LSU’s Tejedo puts together strong effort to finish second in Stephens Cup

LSU's Carla Tejedo PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

LSU’s Carla Tejedo posted a second consecutive 4-under par round of 68 Tuesday to finish 54 holes at 208, 8-under par (72-68-68), to finish runner-up in the second Jackson T. Stephens Cup at the Seminole Clun in Juno Beach, Florida.

The 68s equal her second lowest round for the junior from Spain in her college career at LSU.

Tejedo entered the round at 4-under par and posted birdies on the par 4 first and par 5 ninth to get to 6-under at the turn. She then birdied the par 4 11th and 13th holes to tie the lead at 8-under and moved to 9-under on the par five 14th hole.

That gave Tejedo the tournament lead as Kuehn played her first nine holes in even par to remain at 8-under.

“From the beginning to the end it was a very calm round until I got to 16,” said Tejedo in a post-round interview on The Golf Channel. “Everything turned the opposite way I wanted it to. But it was a really good round. I was very proud of how I handled it at the end. It wasn’t ideal, but I’m very happy with the finish. I actually didn’t know (needing the birdie on 18 to tie). I was really trying to enjoy it and I didn’t even want to ask my coach (Garrett Runion) about it. I was ‘just enjoy the round and get it done.’

“On 17, that (putt) was insane. I saw the girl I was playing with how her putt broke so I wanted to do just half of what she did. On 18, that was special. That was for my parents (Javier and Maricarmen watching in Spain) to see.”

The lead stayed tied until the second of the back-to-back par 5s on the back nine, the 15th, when Kuehn two putted for birdies and then followed up with another birdie at 16 to finished 10-under par 206 (67-69-70).

It was a final round where LSU’s top 3 of seniors Ingrid Lindblad and Latanna Stone and junior Tejedo combined to shoot 12-under par for the Tigers as part of a 7-under par final round.

Lindblad added another notch on the LSU record book with a clean card of 6-under 66, including a front nine score 31. It was her eighth round of 66 or lower in college play at LSU and her T8 finish marked her 26th top 10 finish at the school, eclipsing the mark of 25 by former Tiger Kristi Coats (1990-93).

Lindblad posted rounds of 74-73-66 to finish at 3-under par 213 for the tournament. Lindblad moved up 14 spots in the final round to get into the top 10. Lindblad has now posted seven consecutive top 10 finishes dating back to last year.

Stone had a 4-birdie round to finish at 2-under 70 for her day, finishing the 54 holes at 5-over par 221 (75-76-70).

The Tigers have one fall tournament left, Oct. 28-30, at The Battle at The Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Jackson T. Stephens Cup
Seminole Golf Club – Juno Beach, Florida
Par 288-864
1 Wake Forest 281-277-287 – 845 -19; 2 Stanford 283-286-282 – 851; 3 Duke 288-282-283 – 853 -11; 4 South Carolina 287-292-278 – 857 -7; 5 Southern California 285-288-293 – 866 +2; 6 LSU 296-291-281 – 868 +4; 7 Arkansas 299-284-292 – 875 +11

Individual Top 5 (Par 72-216)
1 Rachel Kuehn, Wake Forest, 67-69-70 – 206 -10; 2 Carla Tejedo, LSU, 72-68-68 – 208 -8; T3 Rachel Heck Stanford, 71-73-67 – 211 -5; T3 Hannah Darling, South Carolina, 70-73-68 – 211 -5; T3 Carolina Lopez-Chacarra, Wake Forest, 70-72-69 – 211 -5; T3 Brianna Navarrosa, Southern California, 69-70-72 – 211 -5

LSU Scores
2 Carla Tejedo 72-68-68 – 208 -8
T8 Ingrid Lindblad 74-73-66 – 213 -3
24 Latanna Stone 75-76-70 – 221 +5
T34 Taylor Riley 79-75-77 – 231 +15
T36 Aine Donegan 75-75-82 – 232 +16

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