Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thomsen made a big move up the PING Junior Solheim Cup European Ranking after winning the individual stroke play qualifying event at the European Amateur Team Championship at Helsingør Golf Club in her home country.

The 17 year-old from Frederikshavn carded rounds of 71 and 65 to finish a single shot ahead of England’s Alice Hewson and Finland’s Matilda Castren and in the process jump up from a share in ninth on the European Ranking into a tie for second place behind current leader, France’s Agathe Laisne.

Austria’s Emma Spitz and Spain’s Ana Pelaez are two other players to have made substantial advances up the European Ranking thanks to their fine performances at the concurrent European Girls‘ Team Championship at the Kaskáda Golf Resort in the Czech Republic. Reigning Italian Women’s International champion, Spitz, entered the Ranking in a share of fifth place after carding rounds of 73 and 70 to win the individual stroke play qualifying event at Kaskáda while Pelaez jumped up from tied 6th to tied 2nd with Thomsen after finishing one shot behind her Austrian rival.

Spitz went on to help Austria finish third behind Spain and Italy in the team event.

France beat Switzerland 4-3 in the final of the European Women’s Team Championship played in Denmark while Spain defeated Italy by the same scoreline in the European Girls‘ Team Championship in the Czech Republic.

The top-10 as it stands at present with just two counting events left to go – the ANNIKA Invitational Europe at Bro-Bålsta GK, Sweden (August 4-6) and the Girls’ British Open Championship at West Kilbride GC, Scotland, (August 10-14) – is headed by Laisne with 70 points and she is followed by Pelaez and Thomsen (both 50 points), Germany’s Leonie Harm (42.5 points), Spitz, Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey and Sweden’s Elin Esborn (all 40 points), Spain’s Maria Parra (37.5 points), Hewson (35 points) and Germany’s Esther Henseleit (30 points). The top six on the European Ranking after the Girls‘ British Open will all earn automatic places in the European side for this year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club (September 14-15). The team will be completed with six Captain’s picks.

ABOUT THE PING JUNIOR SOLHEIM CUP

The PING Junior Solheim Cup 2015 is to be played at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club on September 14-15 immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which is staged at the same German golf club on September 18-20. It is the first time the same venue has been used for both matches.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a team match play competition between Europe and the United States, each team featuring the best 12 female golfers 18 years of age and younger.

The competition consist of 24 matches – six foursome matches, six fourball matches and 12 single matches.

The aim of the competition is to give juniors the opportunity to further their golfing careers by playing matchplay at a high level and also for the competitors to meet, learn and be inspired by the professional players playing in The Solheim Cup.

The 2015 event marks the eighth time the PING Junior Solheim Cup team will be contested with the US Team currently leading the series 4-2-1.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup was established by PING CEO and Chairman, John Solheim, back in 2002 and since has developed a deserved reputation for showcasing the talents of the world’s best female junior players with Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, Beatriz Recari, Melissa Reid, Charley Hull, Caroline Masson, Caroline Hedwall, Paula Creamer, Vicky Hurst, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Jessica Korda, and Lexi Thompson all playing in the match before graduating to The Solheim Cup.

PING JUNIOR SOLHEIM CUP 2015 – EUROPEAN RANKING

Po.    Name                                       Country                         Points

1         Agathe Laisne                         France                            70

t2       Ana Pelaez                              Spain                              50

t2       Puk Lyng Thomsen                  Denmark                         50

4       Leonie Harm                            Germany                         42,5

t5      Emma Spitz                   Austria                           40

t5      Olivia Mehaffey                        Ireland                            40

t5      Elin Esborn                              Sweden                          40

8        Maria Parra                              Spain                              37,5

9        Alice Hewson                           England                          35

10      Esther Henseleit                       Germany                         30

11        Albane Valenzuela                   Switzerland                    28,75

t12      Klara Kaminska                        Czech Republic              20

t12      Elena Hualde                           Spain                              20

t14     Pauline Roussin-Bouchard      France                            10

t14     Ann-Charlotte Mora                 France                            10

t14     Maria Herraez Galvez               Spain                              10

17       Emma Grechi                           France                            8.75

t18     Eva Gilly                                   France                            5

t18     Diane Baillieux                         Belgium                          5

20      Julia Engström                         Sweden                          1

The ranking was updated following the European Girls Team Championship and the European Team Championship strokeplay. The next update will take place following the ANNIKA Invitational Europe Aug 4-6.