Madelene Sagstrom is a winner again on the Symetra Tour with her victory in the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, completed in Arkansas on Oct. 2.
And it's easy to say now that Sagstrom is having one of the greatest years in the history of the Symetra Tour/Futures Tour. But you don't have to take our word for it: The tour itself, in a headline on its website, called Sagstrom's 2016 the "greatest season in tour history."
Sagstrom turned pro early in the year after finishing her college career at LSU. She made 14 starts on the Symetra Tour and missed the Top 10 in just three of those.
Included in those 11 Top 10 finishes, and in addition to her three victories, Sagstrom posted three runner-up finishes, two third-places, one fourth and one fifth. So 10 of her 14 starts resulted in Top 5 finishes. That's good stuff!
Earlier in the season Sagstrom became the first Symetra Tour golfer to pass $100,000 in winnings in a single season. With her victory at El Dorado, she became the first to win more than $150,000 in a single year on this tour. (She's more than $60,000 ahead of second-place Jackie Stoelting on the money list.)
Sagstrom leads the tour in scoring average, the only player (as of now) below 71.0. She's second in driving distance at 278 yards.
Needless to say, Madelene has already locked up both the Symetra Tour rookie of the year and player of the year awards.
We wouldn't go so far as to say Madelene's year is the best in tour history - there are golfers who've won as many as 9 or 8 tournaments in a single season in the Futures Tour's past - but it's definitely up there.
See you on the LPGA Tour in 2017, Madelene.