February Featured Player: Ingrid Lindblad
Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Born and raised in Halmstad, Sweden, Ingrid Lindblad is February’s Featured Player. Ranked No. 102 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Lindblad won last month’s ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex in a three-way playoff. In 2018, Ingrid finished second in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe and competed for Team Europe at the Junior Ryder Cup.
We caught up with Ingrid shortly after her win at the World Golf Village.
What are three words that best describe you as a person?
Happy, smart and funny.
What is your favorite club in your bag?
What is one thing that no one knows about you?
I have watched Grey’s Anatomy too many times.
Who is your favorite golfer and why?
Henrik Stenson. I think he is a steady player and he is also a nice person off the golf course. Henrik also inspires through an event in Sweden every year kind of like what Annika does.
If you could play golf at any course in the world, what would it be?
TPC Sawgrass or Golf National in Paris.
If you could create a “dream foursome” with two professional golfers and one other person of your choice, who would you choose?
Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Barack Obama.
Do you have any rituals that you have to do before every round when playing in a golf tournament?
I always hole two 1m putts -- it’s the last thing I do before every round – and I’m sure to eat something before I tee off.
What would you say is the best part about playing golf?
Meeting new friends and getting to know people from around the world while I travel.
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
Never three-putt. Haha.
What is your greatest memory of playing golf so far?
It’s a tie between winning a bronze medal at the European Girls Team Championship in Sweden or the Junior Ryder Cup last year.
How old were you when you started playing golf and who taught you?
I was five years old and my grandma took me, my brother and my cousins to play.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten that has really stuck with you through your years of playing so far?
Always play with the shots that you have in your bag.
Do you have any plans for after you graduate high school? If so, what are they?
Yes, I have signed to play golf for LSU and I will start there in the fall. Geaux Tigers!
What do you like to do for fun? (Besides golf)
Watch a series or go to the gym. I also like just being home when I have been away for a few weeks.
How do you balance being a student while playing golf? What sacrifices, if any, have you had to make?
Often, on the weekends, I have to study so I don’t have much time to hang out with my friends.
What was your favorite golf tournament you have ever played in so far?
The ANNIKA Invitational Europe or German Boys and Girls Open.
What was your lowest tournament round and where was it?
I have shot 67 four times; at the French International Stroke Play, ANNIKA Invitational Europe, and at two other tournaments in Sweden.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to aspiring female golfers who are just starting to play the game, what would it be?
Try to make it fun in the beginning, have small competitions against friends and keep on practicing to get better!
What do you think playing sports or in this case, golf, has taught you while you were growing up?
The most important thing I have learned is to have patience. If you practice a lot and are focused on it, you will get results.
With her win at the ANNIKA Invitational USA, Ingrid received an invitation to compete in Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, one of the first events of the year on the Symetra Tour. The 18-year-old will begin playing collegiate golf at LSU in the fall. With so much success already in her junior career, we have no doubt that Ingrid will continue rising to the top as she continues to play golf. We look forward to watching her.