Florida State, LSU's Lindblad maintain leads at Moon Invitational
21 Feb 2022
by Jim Young of

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Ingrid Lindblad of LSU leads the Moon Invitational
Ingrid Lindblad of LSU leads the Moon Invitational

After 36 holes at the Moon Invitational, only Florida State and Virginia have an answer for the windy conditions at Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, Fla.

Both squads turned in steady rounds on Monday. The Seminoles followed their opening round 286 with a 1-under 287 today and at 3-under 573, will take a two-shot lead over the 10th-ranked Cavaliers heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes.

Central Florida (578), LSU (579) and No. 6 Florida (581) round out the top-five, while No. 8 Alabama (583), No. 3 South Carolina (586), No. 4 Arkansas (590) and No. 16 Duke (594) are well off the pace.

“We handled the windy condition pretty well again today," said Florida State head coach Amy Bond. "We made a few uncharacteristic mistakes during our round but managed to hang in there and grind over the last four holes. We didn’t get off to the best of starts but they battled and brought it back to under par to finish.

“I am proud of their fight and their focus in staying in the moment.”

Two-time first-team All-American Ingrid Lindblad of LSU turned in another superb round on Monday, following her opening round 66 with a 5-under 67. At 11-under 133, the native of Halmstad, Sweden is four-strokes clear of Central Florida's Tunrada Piddon, who is at 7-under 137 after turning in the low round of the day with a 5-under 67.

Lindblad opened her round by making three consecutive birdies out of the gates to move to 10-under for the tournament. She gave a stroke back following a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole but picked up birdies on holes 10 and 13 to move to 4-under on the day. Following her second bogey of the day on the 15th, Lindblad added birdies on 16 and 18 to finish off her 5-under round of 67.

Piddon, a junior from Thailand who won two individual titles as a freshman at Central Florida, was the hottest player on the course on Monday. She followed a bogey on the par-5 second hole with eight birdies over the next 12 holes and finished her round with three consecutive pars for a 7-under 65, tying UCF's school record for a single round.

Three Seminoles hold places in the top-10 on the individual leaderboard. Charlotte Heath carded her second consecutive 70 and sits in fourth place at 4-under 140. Amelia Williamson is tied for sixth at 2-under 142 (72-70) while Beatrice Wallin is tied for ninth at 1-under 143 (70-73).

Wallin was four-over on her round through 14 holes but ran off three straight birdies on holes 15-17 and signed for a hard-fought 73.

Beth Lillie of Virginia carded a bogey-free round of 6-under 66 on Monday to move 35 spots up the leaderboard into fifth place at 3-under 141 while teammate Amanda Sambach is tied for sixth at 2-under 142 (70-72).

Florida State will be paired with UCF and Virginia for Tuesday's final round.

Florida State Athletic Communications contributed to this report.

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54-hole women's college tournament hosted by the University of Louisville. Team (best four scores out of five players each round) and individual competitions.

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