Walsh kicks off season with top-10 finish at the Annika

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Walsh kicks off season with top-10 finish at the Annika

Lauren Walsh (Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Lauren Walsh signed off with a one-under par 71 for a three-under tally and a top-10 result to help her Wake Forest women’s golf team to a podium finish at the season-opening Annika Intercollegiate.

The Castlewarden product posted four birdies on the final day as she rides into her Junior year on the crest of a wave following a Major Championship debut at the AIG Women’s Open as well as a maiden Curtis Cup appearance in recent weeks.

After two bogeys on her first eight, Walsh birdied nine and 10 to get through the turn at even par. She bogeyed 11 but responded with another birdie on 12 to even out the scorecard once again. She went on to birdie the par-five 18th to finish the day one under.

Walsh goes into the season as the highest ranked Irish amateur in the world – male or female – in tenth place on WAGR and with her first top-10 of the season banked at the first time of asking, she’s laid the foundations for what should be another exciting semester for the Deacs star.

“It was great to start our season with such a competitive event,” said Head Coach Kim Lewellen. “We always enjoy coming up here and the Annika Foundation and Minnesota do a great job. We always play to win so it’s disappointing when that doesn’t happen, but we still played some good golf and competed hard as a team.”

Wake Forest will be back on the links Sept. 26-28 for their home event in Greensboro, N.C. at the Bryan National Collegiate. The event has been co-hosted by Wake Forest and UNC Greensboro for 22 years and this year’s 23rd edition will be the final one.

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