LSU All-American Golfer Ingrid Lindblad named recipient of 2024 Juli Inkster Award Presented by Workday

By Bert Leeson

Ingrid Lindblad, LSU golfer, hits tee shot during 1st Round of US Women’s Open Tournament, 5 30 2024 (courtesy IMAGN, photo by John Jones, USA Today Sports)

6 4 2024

 

Recognizing the Highest-Ranked Women’s Collegiate Golfer in Her Final Year of Eligibility, Lindblad Receives Exemption to the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic

Lindblad to Participate in a Two-Day Mentorship Retreat with Juli Inkster, Advances to 2nd Stage of LPGA Q-School and Receives $50,000 Courtesy of Workday and the Juli Inkster Foundation

DUBLIN, Ohio, June 4, 2024 –Five-time All-American and Louisiana State University (LSU) senior Ingrid Lindblad has been named the recipient of the 2024 Inkster Award Presented by Workday, recognizing the highest ranked women’s Division I (DI) collegiate golfer in her final year of eligibility for the 2023-2024 college golf season.

The award is named after Juli Inkster, a World Golf Hall-of-Fame member and LPGA legend who was a three-time All-American at San José State (1979-1982). Inkster elected not to turn professional until finishing her four-year commitment to her school, winning 17 individual titles during her college career. The Inkster Award winner was announced today onsite at the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, a PGA TOUR event in Dublin, Ohio.

Lindblad, a fifth-year senior, is the top-ranked amateur in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and finished the season as the top-ranked DI women’s college golfer according to Clippd. She captured four victories during the 2023-24 season, highlighted by the individual medalist at the NCAA Regional Championships. She completed her collegiate career with 15 total victories, an SEC record. She also finished third at the 2024 Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Lindblad turns professional this week and will tee it up on the Epson Tour in Michigan.

As a result of winning the 2024 Inkster Award, Lindblad will receive:

  • Exemption to compete in the 2024 Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour, taking place Aug. 1-4 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.
  • She will automatically advance to the second stage of LPGA Q-School, Oct. 15-18 at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.
  • As a presenting sponsor of the Inkster Award, Workday will provide $50,000 to the Juli Inkster Foundation to help support Lindblad’s transition to her professional golf career. The $50,000 will support Lindblad’s mentorship retreat with Inkster and assist with Lindblad’s travel expenses.
  • She will join Inkster on a two-day mentorship retreat in Northern California.

“Ingrid has had a decorated amateur and collegiate career at LSU, earned her college degree and excelled on the golf course as the world’s top-ranked amateur,” said Inkster. “That says a lot about not only her performance on the course but also about her goals and passions away from it and putting education as a priority. I look forward to mentoring Ingrid as she navigates the next stage in her professional and personal journeys.

“I also want to thank the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and Workday for partnering with me on this award,” continued Inkster. “To have a player be honored for her commitment to her school, coaches and her teammates is what this award is all about.”

“I’m super excited to be the recipient of this year’s Juli Inkster Award,” said Lindblad. “Juli has had an incredible career on tour and I aspire to follow in her footsteps. I would like say thank you a big thank you to Workday and Juli Inkster for this mentorship and opportunity to start my professional career.”

“The Juli Inkster Senior Award is a very unique and special award to receive.  It’s always special to get recognized as one of the best seniors in college golf but I think it’s what comes with winning the award that makes it special,” said Garrett Runion, women’s golf head coach for LSU. “With the help of Workday and Juli Inkster, the winner will be set up very nicely to start their pro career.  I can’t think of three more beneficial items that would help your pro career than what Juli does for these winners.  The chance to win The Juli Inkster award was another reason why Ingrid wanted to come back for her fifth year. Now she will have at least one LPGA Tour event start, a little money for travel and most importantly have a Hall-of-Fame golfer to help mentor her as she starts her professional career. After getting to know Juli more during this process, it’s neat to see how invested she is and how much she wants to help the winners succeed.”

Lindblad wrapped up her collegiate career by leading LSU last month to a T5 finish at the 2024 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in Carlsbad, Calif., last month, finishing No. 3 in the NCAA rankings. Lindblad, who also recently was named the WGCA Player of the year, compiled 15 career college wins, the most in Southeastern Conference history, and had four wins during the 2023-24 season, including the NCAA Regional Championships in Bryan, Texas. She also recorded three top-three finishes in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, won the 2021 European Ladies Amateur and led Sweden to victory in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in France.

The 2024 recipients of the Division II and Division III Inkster Award will be announced at a later date.

 

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