Madelene Sagström is the newest No Laying Up Young Hitter!
(Cover photo courtesy of Madelene Sagstrom Instagram)
Madelene is poised for a breakout on the LPGA tour this season. She is the defending champion at the Gainbridge LPGA, the next stop on tour, albeit at a different course this year, Lake Nona (shoutout Nona Blue and G-Mac’s sliders). That event in Orlando is Feb 25-28, with the tour slowly ramping up play for the rest of the 2021 season.
Madelene becomes the first Young Hitter to have won on a Big Tour, and takes over the highly watched spot as Best Young Hitter Never to Have Won a Major.
Madelene’s track record on those big stages is pretty strong:
- T-11 at the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Olympia Fields North Course)
- T-17 at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (Shoal Creek Club)
- T-20 at the 2018 Women’s British Open (Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
- T-23 at the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Aronimink Golf Club)
Madelene’s junior results were impressive, to say the least. Highlights included wins at the 2009 Swedish Junior Stroke-play Championship and the 2011 French Junior Championship, and a spot on the winning Swedish team at the European Ladies' Team Championship at Golf Club Murhof in Austria. In total, Madelene’s junior career saw 11 wins, 10 second place finishes, and 21 top 10’s.
Madelene played college golf for the LSU Lady Tigers team at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 2011-2015. She was the 2015 SEC Player of the Year, 2015 First Team All-American, and a finalist for the ANNIKA Award which is presented annually to the top female U.S. collegiate golfer. During Madelene’s senior year she set a season record for stroke average at 71.48, the first LSU women’s play to average under 72 for a single season. She carded 23 of 33 rounds of par or better with 2 wins (3 total at LSU). Over the summers Madelene returned to Sweden and represented her home country in the European Women’s Team Amatear competition.
Madelene earned her LPGA card after killing it on the Symetra Tour in 2016 – three victories to earn Rookie and Player of the Year awards, respectively. Madelene also represented Europe on the 2017 Solheim Cup team as a captain’s pick of Annika Sörenstam.
Sagström had a solid end to 2020, making cuts in 8 of her last 9 starts, a solo 10th and T-13 among them. Madelene competed in the 2021 season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, a no-cut cash grab, so business is boomin for 2021.
As usual, the bag is niiiiice. NLU livin that C-Suite life alongside the Four Seasons Orlando, which also happens to be the home course of one Julio Bell, aka “La Maquina.” Bell’s exploits are legend at this point.
No Laying Up could not be more excited to support Madelene in all of her endeavors. If you want to get #involved, check out:
LPGA Tour Profile: https://www.lpga.com/players/madelene-sagstrom/98642/overview 6
And to see more of Madelene’s game, check out the Wild World of Golf episode with her, Annie Park, Soly and “Stuck in Traffic” Lefty Tron at the Winter Park Nine: https://nolayingup.com/videos/wwog/wild-word-of-golf/wild-world-of-golf-winter-park-9-madelene-sagstroem-and-annie-park