Photo: Amanda Linnér (right) and Beatrice Wallin (left)

Sweden’s Amanda Linnér has moved into the top spot in the race to earn a place in the European team at this year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup, at Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Iowa, United States, which will be played on the 15th and 16th August.

The 16 year-old finished tied 15th in the stroke play qualifying event of the French International Ladies Junior Championship, at St. Cloud, France, and, after beating France’s Alizee Vidal, Spain’s Paula Neira Garcia, England’s Lianna Bailey, and Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thompsen, she met fellow Swede Beatrice Wallin in the final. Amanda and Beatrice both play for Hills GC, outside Gothenburg, Sweden, and are regular players in the Swedish Girls National Team.

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The match was played over 36 holes and contested in tough, windy conditions, with Amanda winning 6&5 and being crowned the Champion. She now heads into the fourth counting event on 94.5 points, 1.5 points ahead of yet another fellow Swede, Frida Kinhult. Full leader board below.

Po. Name Country Points
1 Amanda Linnér Sweden 94.5
2 Frida Kinhult Sweden 93.0
3 Letizia Bagnoli Italy 87.5
4 Beatrice Wallin Sweden 78.0
5 Alessia Nobilio Italy 50.0
6 Julia Engström Sweden 40.5
7 Line Toft Hansen Denmark 40.0
8 Carolina Caminoli Italy 38.0
9 Mathilde Claisse France 31.0
10 Sara Kouskova Czech Republic 24.5
11 Linn Grant Sweden 23.5
12 Maja Stark Sweden 21.5
13 Emma Spitz Austria 21.0
14 Alexandra Försterling Germany 20.5
15 Karoline Lund Norway 20.0
16 Samantha Fuller England 18.0
17 Esther Henseleit Germany 15.5
18 Alessandra Fanali Italy 15.0
T19 Pauline Roussin-Bouchard France 13.0
T19 Chiara Tamburlini Switzerland 13.0
21 Annabel Wilson Ireland 10.5
T22 Agathe Laisne France 10.0
T22 Mairead Martin Ireland 10.0
T24 Dana-Helga Puyol Robert Spain 8.0
T24 Annabel Fuller England 8.0
T24 Emilie Paltrinieri Italy 8.0
27 Teresa Diez Moliner Spain 7.5
28 Aline Krauter Germany 7.0
T29 Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen Denmark 5.0
T29 Anna Zanusso Italy 5.0
T29 Paula Neira Garcia Spain 5.0
32 Elena Arlas Quiros Spain 3.0
33 Alizee Vidal France 2.5

The next counting event is the Helen Holmes Scottish Women’s Open Championship, at Troon GC, Scotland (April 21-23), followed by the German Girls’ Open, at GC St. Leon-Rot, Germany (June 1-3), 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 pjsc@ladieseuropeantour.com.