With closing 65, Stormo finishes off LNGA Amateur victory
Karoline Stormo (Kent State Athletics)
Ultimately, Karoline Stormo had too big a lead for anyone to catch her over the final 18 holes at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn. Stormo, who will be a senior at Kent State in the fall, won the LNGA Amateur by a stunning seven shots on Thursday after closing with 65.
You might say Stormo, from Norway, marched to this title with authority. After entering the day with a four-shot lead, Stormo played her first 10 holes in 5 under par. She mixed in two bogeys – but also three more birdies – on the back nine to pull away.
Stormo’s round of 65 was the lowest of the championship. In fact, she tied her own low round, posted on Day 1 at the GC of Tennessee.
With the victory, Stormo becomes the second Kent State player to earn a major summer amateur victory. Marissa Kirkwood, who tied for 10th this week, won the Donna Andrews Invitational last month.
Behind Stormo, Lauren Hartlage was solo second at 7 under. The Louisville player had a closing 67 but could still never really apply pressure to Stormo.
Florida State’s Amanda Doherty was third at 5 under, followed by Amari Avery, the 15-year-old who recently won the California Women’s Amateur Championship.
ABOUT THE LNGA Amateur
The inaugural event, held in 1927 at Blue Hills
Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. set off decades
of successful tournament across the United
States, conducted by an organization then
named the Missouri Valley Women's Golf
Association. A year later, the name became the
Women's Trans-Mississippi Golf Association,
evolving into the Women's Trans National Golf
Association by 1953 to include all states before
changing to the Ladies National
Golf Association in 2019. This
72-hole stroke play event spans the nation and
has been hosted at some of the country finest
including Persimmon Ridge in Kentucky,
Stonewall Links in Pennsylvania, and Eugene
Country Club in Oregon.
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