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Confidence boost has helped Clayton State golfer Fredrik Lindblom

Clayton State senior Fredrik Lindblom has the third-best scoring average in the Peach Belt Conference, and has two tournament wins. (Special Photo)

Clayton State senior Fredrik Lindblom has the third-best scoring average in the Peach Belt Conference, and has two tournament wins. (Special Photo)

MORROW — When his college eligibility is over after this school year, Fredrik Lindblom has hopes of launching a professional golf career.

He knew coming into his final season at Clayton State that he would have to make some improvements in his golf game and confidence.

During the offseason, the Sweden native made it a priority that both would be taken care of heading into the season.

So far, he has been on target with his goals.

Lindblom has emerged as one of the top golfers in the Peach Belt Conference, and has steadily built an impressive resume in the process.

He has twice been named the Peach Belt Conference’s AstroTurf Golfer of the Week after tournament wins.

“I’m very pleased with everything so far,” Lindblom said. “It is good to see that my hard work in the offseason has really helped me. It hasn’t always been a bed of roses for me, but I always had faith in the process. I’m playing great, and I’m happy where I’m at now.”

Lindblom is averaging a team-best 72.09 average per round, and had a low-round of 67 earlier this season. He has had two tournament wins, and was twice the conference golfer of the week.

He won the Armstrong Pirate Invitational at Savannah Quarters in Savannah last month after firing a three-round total of 4-under-par 209 total, one stroke ahead of Armstrong’s Travis Williamson on the par-71, 6,897-yard course. He entered the final day of the tournament in eighth place.

The Lakers finished 10th overall in the 17-team field.

Lindblom’s second low-medalist finish of the year came last week at the Lander Bearcat Invitational in Greenwood, S.C. He fired a 5-under par score on the 7,133-yard course at the Greenwood Country Club, which including an opening round 67, his lowest of the season.

“I couldn’t be happier for him,” Clayton State coach Steve Runge said. “He is definitely carrying our team right now. He made some swing changes that has really helped his confidence.”

With the renewed confidence, Lindblom is hoping to finish the season on a high note and turn pro. The Peach Belt Conference will hold its next month in Columbus.

Lindblom said seeing former Laker golf Will Wilcox on the PGA Tour has also helped him realize that a pro career is possible. Last season, Wilcox played on the Web.com Tour where he obtained his PGA card.

“It is huge seeing someone from Clayton State playing on the Tour,” Lindblom said. “It just shows you can do it from Clayton State, and that you don’t have to go to a big Division I program like Georgia Tech to make it. He has definitely inspired and motivated me to work hard and become better.”

To help improve his swing, Lindblom has been working with Jon Tattersall of the Fusion ATL in Atlanta. Tattersall has worked with several professional golfers and is considered one of the top golf instructors by Golf Magazine.

“My biggest focus has been on my swing,” Lindblom said. “I’m being focus on the process of getting better.”

After transferring from the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky, Lindblom became a contributor to the Lakers team. However, he didn’t win a tournament last season.

Entering the conference championship on April 18-19 at Bull Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Lindblom is tied for third in the league in scoring average.

“Fredrik’s swing changes have given him a lot of confidence,” Runge said. “We knew coming into the season that he would be our best player.”