CHAMPS: Lindsey, #uttylerwgolf wins Golfweek Invite

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist ||


DESTIN, Fla. – A birdie to win, a par to tie. Laura Lindsey wanted and delivered the win.

Lindsey drained a birdie on the par-4 No. 18 hole to win the Golfweek Fall Invitational by one shot over Sewanee’s Emily Javadi and lifted UT Tyler to a one-shot victory over Sewanee for the team title on Tuesday at the Baytowne Golf Club.

Lindsey finished with a 74-68-76 – 218 (2-over-par) to win the 11th tournament of her career by a shot over Javadi who made a charge but carded a 69-78-72 – 219 to finish second. The Patriots earned their second consecutive win of the season and defended their Golfweek Invitational championship after finishing with a team total of 315-303-313 – 931, just ahead of Sewanee’s 309-310-313 – 932. Lindsey, who would finish the 54-hole tournament with 11 birdies, closed out her round with birdie-par-par-birdie to hold off Javadi who was the first-round leader. It was Lindsey’s 18th round on the Baytowne course in her career and she used that experience down the stretch.

“My length really helps on this course,” Lindsey said. “I had a lot of wedges and short-irons giving me opportunities for birdie. I was also able to attack par-5s for more birdie chances. I didn’t have as much confidence today with my ball-striking, but I kept reminding myself of the good rounds and positive experiences I’ve had on the back-9 to hold my rounds together.”

Morgan Loth finished the tournament in fifth for the Patriots after shooting a 74-75-82 – 231, while Stephanie Tutt carded an 84-80-76 – 240 to finish 22nd. Loth led the Patriots with 34 pars during the three-day event and also had four birdies. Tutt was coming off winning the Al Jones Memorial Tournament and showed improvement each day, cutting four shots off each round and matching Lindsey for Tuesday’s low-UT Tyler round. Taylor Denton finished with a 243 and Amy Cox shot a 247 in the third tournament of the season for the Patriots.

Lindsey, who is a three-time all-America selection and the 2013 DIII National Champion, had not won a tournament since claiming the Al Jones Memorial Tournament last season. The victory expands on her program record for wins which is now at 11 after claiming the title in a 90-player tournament. 

“It feels great to get my first win on the season and first in over a year,” said Lindsey, who had the tournament’s only eagle during Sunday’s opening round. “Especially to win at Baytowne in my last tournament at that course is indescribable. It just puts a perfect end to my experience in Sandestin.”

UT Tyler will return to action from Oct. 26-27 at the Abilene Intercollegiate at the Diamondback Golf Course to close out the fall portion of the Patriots schedule.