Lauren Clark finishes strong to claim victory on the Citrus Golf Trail
Lauren Clark shot a final 70 round at Sun N ‘Lake Golf Club to beat Minji Kang with one shot in the Citrus Golf Trail Ladies Invitational with one shot. Clark was the only player to finish below par in the event. It took Clark nine exceptional closing holes to catch up with Kang, who led Clark by four strokes on the turn.
Taylor Roberts finished in third place, shooting an impressive 67-71 in the final two laps to move up the standings.
Clark shot a closing 34, with birdies on holes 10 and 11, then seven consecutive pars. Kang released two shots on the way home, including a bogey on the 17th hole to break the tie between her and Clark. It was not the first time that Kang was in contention in this event, she finished in third place when it was called Harder Hall in 2020.
Clark is a freshman at LSU and originally from Orlando, Florida. She has enjoyed success in junior golf, winning the 2020 Greenwood Junior Championship and finishing ninth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Junior. She also finished ninth at the 2020 and 2021 Florida Women’s Amateur Championships. She was an All-American Scholastic AGJA.
Results: Citrus Golf Trail Ladies Invitational
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ABOUT Citrus Golf Trail Ladies Invitational
Formerly known as the Harder Hall Invitational, this is a four-day non-cup stroke play tournament for female amateurs. It has been played at Harder Hall CC for over 65 years, but in 2021 it moved to a course rotation on the Citrus Golf Trail in Sebring, Florida. The illustrious list of former champions includes the current Nelly Korda world No. 1; Hall of Fame member Joanne Carner; LPGA stars Christie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis and Charley Hull; amateur legends Carol Semple Thompson and Meghan Stasi; and two members of the 2021 Curtis Cup winning team, Emilia Migliaccio and Gina Kim. It has long drawn an international peloton and has three divisions: the Championship division, the Forever 49 division (max index 16.4) and the Ben Roman division (indices 7.0 to 24.4). This is the first in the “Orange Blossom” series of winter tournaments in Florida.
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