Big win for Babnik in Junior Solheim Cup qualifying

Pia Babnik of Slovenia moved into pole position in the PING Junior Solheim Cup rankings with victory in the European Ladies’ Team Championship Stroke Play at the weekend.

Babnik, who won another counting event in Scotland earlier this year, overtook France’s Lucie Malchirand at the top of the rankings to all but guarantee her place in Mickey Walker’s team for Gleneagles, where the PING Junior Solheim Cup will take place on 10thand 11thSeptember.

At nine under par for two rounds, Babnik finished one shot ahead of Sweden’s Freda Kinhult at Is Molas Golf Club in Italy.

Also taking place this weekend was the European Girls’ Team Championship in Spain – another counting event for the PING Junior Solheim Cup. Italy’s Caterina Don won the stroke play event and Denmark emerged victorious from the team event, beating Spain in the final.

Winning Team Denmark at the European Girls Team Championship

The 10thand final qualifying event for the Europeans is the  R&A Girls Amateur Championship at Montrose Links in Scotland from 13-17 August, after which Walker will have six automatically qualified players and six wildcard picks at her disposal.

Walker said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to be here and see the team spirit – there have been some extraordinary matches.

“I’m excited and the difficult thing will be choosing the wild card players because there are so many good girls. I know Catriona said recently that for her four picks she has at least eight people in mind and I think it is the same for the Junior Solheim Cup.

“There are so many good players who justify being in the team, but unfortunately they cannot all be picked. So it is going to be a tough decision when we make it. I just hope everybody plays well at the R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship, the final qualifying event, and I look forward being there seeing who does well.

“The players have their coaches, they know what they are working on, they just need to keep doing what they are doing. This week some players will be exhilarated and some will be disappointed. You just have to see it as a journey from the start until you finish playing. I am impressed with the talent I have seen and I know we will have a great team whatever the outcome will be.”

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European PJSC Ranking

Po. Name Country New Total
1 Pia Babnik Slovenia 230.00
2 Lucie Malchirand France 196.67
3 Caterina Don Italy 178.67
4 Benedetta Moresco Italy 140.43
5 Anne Normann Denmark 126.31
6 Lily May Humphreys England 115.81
7 Amalie Leth-Nissen Denmark 113.43
8 Kerttu Hiltunen Finland 110.14
9 Lilas Pintheir France 104.57
10 Paula Schulz-Hansen Germany 95.00
11 Euphemie Rhodes England 92.14
12 Elena Moosman Switzerland 90.67
13 Emilie Alba Paltrinieri Italy 82.98
14 Alessia Nobilio Italy 76.43
15 Alizée Vidal France 73.75
16 Hannah Darling Scotland 73.67
17 Paula Kirner Germany 73.10
18 Lydia Volkmer Germany 55.00
19 Carolina Melgrati Italy 52.56
20 Adela Cernousek France 51.67
21 Carla Tejedo Spain 43.81
22 Rebecca Becht Belgium 40.00
23 Ellie Gower England 39.00
24 Charlotte Heath England 38.31
25 Virginia Bossi Italy 37.14
26 Jessica Baker England 25.00
27 Patricia Garre Munoz Spain 22.00
28 Nataliya Guseva Russia 20.00
29 Sophie Korthuijs Netherlands 19.00
30 Lois Lau France 17.38
T31 Viktoria Hund Germany 17.14
T31 Rosie Belsham England 17.14
T31 Clémence Martin France 17.14
34 Sophie Witt Germany 17.00
35 Federica Tavelli Westerlund Sweden 15.42
T36 Sophie Bert Belgium 15.00
T36 Nives Martin Norre Spain 15.00
T36 Danique Stokmans Netherlands 15.00
T36 Ana Amalia Pina Ortega Spain 15.00
40 Annabell Fuller England 13.75
41 Carlota Palacios Peral Spain 13.57
42 Marina Escobar Domingo Spain 11.31
T43 Lenka Nebeska Czech Republic 10.00
T43 Gabriela Roberta Vitu Czech Republic 10.00
T43 Natacha Husted Denmark 10.00
T43 Isabella Holpfer Austria 10.00
T43 Natalia Aseguinolaza Martin Spain 10.00
T43 Megan Ashley Scotland 10.00
T43 Carys Worby Wales 10.00
T43 Patience Rhodes England 10.00
51 Ester Fägersten Sweden 9.17
52 Nina Lang Germany 8.81
T53 Marie Bechtold Germany 8.00
T53 Ffion Tynan Wales 8.00
T53 Mia Sandtorv Lussand Norway 8.00
T56 Alice Thomas Wales 7.50
T56 Louisa Carlbom Sweden 7.50
58 Emily Krause Germany 7.14
T59 Valentina Albertazzi Italy 5.00
T59 Anna Foster Irleand 5.00
T59 Aine Donegan Ireland 5.00
T59 Maria Vittoria Corbi Italy 5.00
T59 Mathilde Delavallade France 5.00
T59 Thalia Kirby England 5.00
T59 Cameron Neilson Scotland 5.00
T59 Evanna Hynd Scotland 5.00
T59 Harriet Barker Scotland 5.00
T59 Chiara Noja Germany 5.00
T59 Eilidh Henderson Scotland 5.00
T59 Ada Huhtala Finland 5.00
T59 Julie Kerrigan England 5.00
T59 Lily Huerlimann Switzerland 5.00
73 Lauren Holmey Netherlands 4.17
T74 Ainhoa Gurrutxaga Gutierrez Spain 2.14
T74 Marta Lopez Echevarria Spain 2.14
T76 Marloes Van den Brink Netherlands 1.67
T76 Alberte Thuesen Denmark 1.67

The next update will take place following the final qualifying event, the R&A Girls Amateur Championship, 13-17 August.