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 pjsc@ladieseuropeantour.com.