Sweden’s Amanda Linnér shot a solid 71 on the final round of the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, at Halmstad GK, which took her into a play-off against emerging British star, Annabell Fuller. Amanda birdied the third play-off hole to claim victory, with the win taking her back to first position on the European PING Junior Solheim Cup ranking. Full leaderboard below.

Commenting on the victory, Linnér said: “I am so happy with this win, as it takes me one step closer to representing Team Europe at the PING Junior Solheim Cup. It was also great to meet both Annika Sorenstam and Alison Nicholas at the event and learn from their life and golf experiences. I took a huge amount from the information they shared about playing in team and matchplay events.”

With less than four weeks to go until the European team selection is finalised, national teams from across Europe are getting ready to represent their countries in the European Girls’ Team Champtionship, played in Finland on July 11th – 15th, or at the European Ladies’ Team Championship in Portugal, which is being played on the same date. When asked about Team Sweden, Linnér said: “We have a very strong team this year. We support each other in good and bad times and we have a lot of fun together. It is really inspiring to be part of this group and I hope we can do Sweden proud at the Team Championships.”

The Team Championship events are the final qualifying events to the PING Junior Solheim Cup. At the end of the qualifying process, the top-six junior girls will earn automatic places on the European team, with the other six players coming from Captain Nicholas’ wildcard picks.

To qualify for the European team, participants must be girls aged 12-18 years old (born 1999, or later), whom have not reached their 18th birthdays prior to January 1st 2017. Prospective team members must be amateurs and cannot be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. In addition, they must also be European citizens.

The 2017 event in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15th-16th, marks the ninth time the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team will battle against the US Team, which currently lead the series with five wins, two losses and one tie.

For more information about the PING Junior Solheim Cup, please visit www.solheimcupeurope.com or contact [email protected].

Photo: Göran Söderqvist

 

Po.

Name Country Points
1 Amanda Linnér Sweden 189.25
2 Linn Grant Sweden 158.50
3 Frida Kinhult Sweden 125.00
4 Beatrice Wallin Sweden 111.33
5 Letizia Bagnoli Italy   97.50
6 Julia Engström Sweden   92.17
7 Annabel Fuller England   79.67
8 Emma Spitz Austria   71.00
9 Mathilde Claisse France   63.33
10 Alessia Nobilio Italy   59.25
11 Line Toft Hansen Denmark   55.00
12 Shannon McWilliam Scotland   50.00
13 Maja Stark Sweden   48.17
14 Alessandra Fanali Italy   47.50
15 Anna Backman Finland   45.00
16 Sara Kouskova Czech Republic   39.50
17 Carolina Caminoli Italy   38.00
18 Alexandra Försterling Germany   37.75
19 Esther Henseleit Germany   32.50
20 Annabel Wilson Ireland   27.75
21 Karoline Lund Norway   26.67
22 Caterina Don Italy   22.92
23 Samantha Fuller England   19.25
24 Hollie Muse England   17.25
25 Clarisse Louis Belgium   16.50
26 Mairead Martin Ireland   15.00
T27 Pauline Roussin-Bouchard France   13.00
T27 Chiara Tamburlini Switzerland   13.00
29 Aline Krauter Germany   12.00
30 Sofia Seldermirova Bulgaria   11.33
T31 Agathe Laisne France   10.00
T31 Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen Denmark   10.00
T31 Paula Neira Garcia Spain   10.00
T34 Emilie Paltrinieri Italy     9.67
T35 Anna Zanusso Italy     8.00
T35 Dana-Helga Puyol Robert Spain     8.00
T35 Elena Moosmann Switzerland     8.00
38 Teresa Diez Moliner Spain     7.50
T39 Janika Rüttimann Austria     5.50
T39 Daniella Barrett Finland     5.50
40 Isobel Wardle England     5.00
T41 Clara Manzalini Italy     3.00
T41 Elisabeth Codet France     3.00
T41 Elena Arlas Quiros Spain     3.00
44 Alizee Vidal France     2.50
T45 Sarina Schmidt Germany     1.67
T45 Leonie Karg Germany     1.67
T45 Ingrid Lindblad Sweden     1.67
48 Isabella Holpfer Austria     1.25

 

 

Finland’s Anna Backman climbed onto the PING Junior Solheim Ranking, when she reached the semi-final in last week’s Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, at Pyle & Kenfig GC, Wales. The performance gave her a chance to qualify for the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team for the match at Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Iowa, on August 15th and 16th.

The 18 year-old finished 12th in the strokeplay qualifier and then won four matches, before she lost against 2009 and 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup player Leona Maguire from Ireland, in the semi-final. After beating Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra, Leona, 1st on the World Amateur Ranking, went on to win the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship but, as they are born in 1994 and 1995 respectively, neither are eligible to play in the PING Junior Solheim Cup.

At the end of the qualification process, the top six players on the European Ranking will all earn places in Alison Nicholas’ team, with six additional players receiving a wildcard pick. The ranking is topped by Linn Grant, Amanda Linnér, Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin, all four from Sweden. Currently in fifth place is Letizia Bagnoli from Italy, followed by Emma Spitz of Austria. Full leaderboad below.

The next qualifying event is the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, at Halmstad GK, Sweden (June 20th-22nd), where the European Team Captain, Alison Nicholas, will attend to meet players and coaches and have a workshop with the participants, together with Solheim Cup Captain, Annika Sörenstam.

The qualifying season will come to a close with the European Girls’ Team Championship, at St Laurence GC, Finland (July 11th-15th), and the European Ladies’ Team Championship, back at Montado Golf Resort (July 11th-15th).

To qualify for the European team, participants must be girls aged 12-18 years old (born 1999, or later), whom have not reached their 18th birthdays prior to January 1st 2017. Prospective team members must be amateurs and cannot be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. In addition, they must also be European citizens.

The 2017 event in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15th-16th, marks the ninth time the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team will battle against the US Team, which currently lead the series with five wins, two losses and one tie.

For more information about the PING Junior Solheim Cup, please visit www.solheimcupeurope.com or contact [email protected].

Photo: R&A

Po. Name Country Points
1 Linn Grant Sweden 158.50
2 Amanda Linnér Sweden 119.25
T3 Frida Kinhult Sweden 100.00
T3 Beatrice Wallin Sweden 100.00
5 Letizia Bagnoli Italy   97.50
6 Emma Spitz Austria   71.00
7 Julia Engström Sweden   67.17
8 Alessia Nobilio Italy   59.25
9 Line Toft Hansen Denmark   55.00
10 Mathilde Claisse France   52.00
11 Shannon McWilliam Scotland   50.00
12 Maja Stark Sweden   46.50
13 Anna Backman Finland   45.00
14 Alessandra Fanali Italy   40.00
15 Sara Kouskova Czech Republic   39.50
16 Carolina Caminoli Italy   38.00
17 Alexandra Försterling Germany   37.75
18 Esther Henseleit Germany   32.50
19 Annabel Fuller England   29.67
20 Annabel Wilson Ireland   27.75
21 Karoline Lund Norway   25.00
22 Caterina Don Italy   22.92
23 Samantha Fuller England   19.25
24 Hollie Muse England   17.25
25 Mairead Martin Ireland   15.00
T26 Pauline Roussin-Bouchard France   13.00
T26 Chiara Tamburlini Switzerland   13.00
28 Aline Krauter Germany   12.00
T29 Agathe Laisne France   10.00
T29 Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen Denmark   10.00
T29 Paula Neira Garcia Spain   10.00
32 Clarisse Louis Belgium     9.00
T33 Anna Zanusso Italy     8.00
T33 Dana-Helga Puyol Robert Spain     8.00
T33 Emilie Paltrinieri Italy     8.00
T33 Elena Moosmann Switzerland     8.00
37 Teresa Diez Moliner Spain     7.50
38 Isobel Wardle England     5.00
T39 Clara Manzalini Italy     3.00
T39 Elisabeth Codet France     3.00
T39 Elena Arlas Quiros Spain     3.00
42 Alizee Vidal France     2.50
43 Isabella Holpfer Austria     1.25

 

Sweden’s Linn Grant moved into first place in the PING Junior Solheim Cup ranking, after winning the Allianz German Boys & Girls Open, played at Golf Club St. Leon Rot, June 1st-3rd. It was Linn’s second consecutive win and it takes her within touching distance of representing team Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup, which will be played at Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Iowa, United Stated, August 15th – 16th.

With Linn storming to a clubhouse lead of 12 under par after two rounds, the third round commenced but, due to severe thunderstorms, players were unable to finish and the tournament organisers made the decision to cut the competition to 36 holes, instead of the intended 54 holes, which lead to Linn being declared the winner.

With only four more PING Junior Solheim Cup qualifying events remaining, Linn has shown she is in top form and would be a great asset for team Europe. See the full leader board below:

Po. Name Country Points
1 Linn Grant Sweden 143.50
2 Amanda Linnér Sweden 114.25
3 Frida Kinhult Sweden 100.00
4 Letizia Bagnoli Italy   87.50
5 Beatrice Wallin Sweden   85.00
6 Emma Spitz Austria   71.00
7 Julia Engström Sweden   62.17
8 Alessia Nobilio Italy   54.25
T9 Line Toft Hansen Denmark   40.00
T9 Shannon McWilliam Scotland   40.00
11 Carolina Caminoli Italy   38.00
12 Alexandra Försterling Germany   37.75
13 Mathilde Claisse France   37.00
14 Maja Stark Sweden   36.50
15 Esther Henseleit Germany   32.50
16 Annabel Fuller England   29.67
17 Annabel Wilson Ireland   27.75
18 Sara Kouskova Czech Republic   24.50
19 Caterina Don Italy   22.92
20 Karoline Lund Norway   20.00
21 Samantha Fuller England   19.25
22 Hollie Muse England   17.25
23 Alessandra Fanali Italy   15.00
T24 Pauline Roussin-Bouchard France   13.00
T24 Chiara Tamburlini Switzerland   13.00
T26 Agathe Laisne France   10.00
T26 Mairead Martin Ireland   10.00
28 Clarisse Louis Belgium     9.00
T29 Anna Zanusso Italy     8.00
T29 Dana-Helga Puyol Robert Spain     8.00
T29 Emilie Paltrinieri Italy     8.00
32 Teresa Diez Moliner Spain     7.50
33 Aline Krauter Germany     7.00
T34 Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen Denmark     5.00
T34 Paula Neira Garcia Spain     5.00
T36 Elena Moosmann Switzerland     3.00
T36 Clara Manzalini Italy     3.00
T36 Elisabeth Codet France     3.00
T36 Elena Arlas Quiros Spain     3.00
40 Alizee Vidal France     2.50
41 Isabella Holpfer Austria     1.25

The next qualifying event is the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, at Pale & Kenfig CC, Wales (June 13th-17th ), followed by the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, at Halmstad GK, Sweden (June 20th-22nd).

The qualifying season will come to a close with the European Girls’ Team Championship, at St Laurence GC, Finland (July 11th-15th), and the European Ladies’ Team Championship, back at Montado Golf Resort (July 11th-15th).

To qualify for the European team, participants must be girls aged 12-18 years old (born 1999, or later), whom have not reached their 18th birthdays prior to January 1st 2017. Prospective team members must be amateurs and cannot be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. In addition, they must also be European citizens.

The 2017 event in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15th-16th, marks the ninth time the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team will battle against the US Team, which currently lead the series with five wins, two losses and one tie.

For more information about the PING Junior Solheim Cup, please visit www.solheimcupeurope.com or contact [email protected].

PING announced today that it will continue as the official apparel supplier to the 2017 European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team.

The team will wear key designs from the new ladies collection that have been designed exclusively with the lady golfer in mind.

Engineered to play through the brand’s Sensor platform, the new collection combines state-of-the art performance fabrics with unrivalled attention to detail, to deliver long-lasting comfort on the course and an elegant, feminine feel off the course.

Each garment carries the PING ladies logo, which can also be found on the new G Le range of clubs, bags and accessories.

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The PING Junior Solheim Cup is to be played 15-16 August 2017 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Iowa, USA.

The competition is held immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which is being staged at the same venue.

Established by PING Chairman and CEO John Solheim back in 2002, the PING Junior Solheim Cup has earned a deserved reputation as the leading competition for talented European girl golfers to compete against their peers from across the Atlantic.

The likes of Azahara Munoz and Caroline Masson played in the PING Junior Solheim Cup, before graduating to The Solheim Cup.

The 2017 spring/summer women’s apparel collection is available to purchase in store and online at www.pingcollection.co.uk.

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Sweden’s Linn Grant lifted herself into the top five of the European PING Junior Solheim Cup ranking, after winning the Helen Holm Scottish Open Championship, with a seven under par score in the 54 hole strokeplay competiton, held on 21st-23rd April.

Linn carded rounds of 71 and 66, at Troon Portland, followed by a 72 on the final day, at the Old Course Troon, to claim a five stroke victory over Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam. With only five more qualifying events to play before the team selection takes place on 17th July, there are currently four Swedes occupying the top five spots. Full leaderboard below.

Po. Name Country Points
1 Amanda Linnér Sweden 112.00
2 Frida Kinhult Sweden   93.00
3 Letizia Bagnoli Italy   87.50
4 Beatrice Wallin Sweden   78.00
5 Linn Grant Sweden   73.50
6 Alessia Nobilio Italy   51.25
7 Julia Engström Sweden   40.50
T8 Line Toft Hansen Denmark   40.00
T8 Shannon McWilliam Scotland   40.00
T10 Carolina Caminoli Italy   38.00
T10 Alexandra Försterling Germany   38.00
12 Mathilde Claisse France   37.00
13 Maja Stark Sweden   29.50
14 Annabel Wilson Ireland   28.00
15 Sara Kouskova Czech Republic   24.50
16 Esther Henseleit Germany   22.50
17 Emma Spitz Austria   21.00
18 Samantha Fuller England   19.25
19 Karoline Lund Norway   20.00
20 Hollie Muse England   17.50
21 Alessandra Fanali Italy   15.00
T22 Pauline Roussin-Bouchard France   13.00
T22 Chiara Tamburlini Switzerland   13.00
T24 Agathe Laisne France   10.00
T24 Mairead Martin Ireland   10.00
T26 Dana-Helga Puyol Robert Spain     8.00
T26 Annabel Fuller England     8.00
T26 Emilie Paltrinieri Italy     8.00
29 Teresa Diez Moliner Spain     7.50
30 Aline Krauter Germany     7.00
T31 Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen Denmark     5.00
T31 Anna Zanusso Italy     5.00
T33 Paula Neira Garcia Spain     5.00
34 Elena Arlas Quiros Spain     3.00
35 Alizee Vidal France     2.50
T36 Isabella Holpfer Austria     1.25
T36 Caterina Don Italy     1.25

Sweden has dominated the amateur junior events, with wins in three of the first four qualifying events.

The next counting event is the German Girls’ Open, at GC St. Leon-Rot, Germany (June 1-3), followed by the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, at Pale & Kenfig CC, Wales (June 13-17), and the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, at Halmstad GK, Sweden (June 20-22).

The qualifying season will come to a close with the European Girls’ Team Championship, at St Laurence GC, Finland (July 11-15), and the European Ladies’ Team Championship, back at Montado Golf Resort (July 11-15).

To qualify for the European team, participants must be girls aged 12-18 years old (born 1999, or later), whom have not reached their 18th birthdays prior to January 1st, 2017. Prospective team members must be amateurs and cannot be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. In addition, they must also be European citizens.

The 2017 event in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15th-16th, marks the ninth time the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team will battle against the US Team, which currently leads the series five wins, two losses and one tie.

For more information about the PING Junior Solheim Cup, please visit www.solheimcupeurope.com or contact [email protected].

Sweden’s Frida Kinhult has moved into second place in the PING Junior Solheim Cup European team ranking, after winning the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship, in Jerez, Spain.

The 17 year-old finished fifth in the stroke play qualifying event. After four match victories she then reached the final and after an even match she won on the first play-off hole against Alessia Nobilio from Italy. The Swede heads into the third counting event with 83 point, just 4.5 points behind Letizia Bagnoli of Italy, who leads the ranking with 87.5 points. A full leaderboard can be found below.


The next counting event is the French International Ladies’ Junior Championship, at GC St Cloud, France (April 13-17), followed by the German Girls’ Open, at GC St. Leon-Rot, Germany (June 1-3), the Helen Holmes Scottish Women’s Open Championship, at Troon GC, Scotland (April 21-23), the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, at Pale & Kenfig CC, Wales (June 13-17), and the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, at Halmstad GK, Sweden (June 20-22).

The qualifying season will come to a close with the European Girls’ Team Championship, at St Laurence GC, Finland (July 11-15), and the European Ladies’ Team Championship, back at Montado Golf Resort (July 11-15).

To qualify for the European team, participants must be girls aged 12-18 years old (born 1999, or later), whom have not reached their 18th birthdays prior to January 1st, 2017. Prospective team members must be amateurs and cannot be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. In addition, they must also be European citizens.

The 2017 event in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15th-16th, marks the ninth time the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team will battle against the US Team, which currently leads the series five wins, two losses and one tie.

For more information about the PING Junior Solheim Cup, please visit www.solheimcupeurope.com or contact [email protected]

Letizia Bagnoli and Alessia Nobilio, Italy with winner Frida Kinhult, Sweden (right). Credit: Spanish Golf Federation