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