Sweden’s Julia Engström (above left) crowned a fantastic 2018 season by earning the LET Rookie of the Year Award, as the leading first year member. She was presented with the award and a cheque by the 2017 winner, Camille Chevalier (above right).
The 17-year-old, who is still in her last year of high school, studying law and business, finished 17th on the Order of Merit, ahead of second placed Manon Mollé, in 20th position.
The highlights of her year included a tied fifth place finish in the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, a tie for 13th in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France and a bronze medal in the European Mixed Team Championships.
“This was my goal at the beginning of the year and I worked really hard for it, so I’m very happy,” said Engström, who made her debut on the LET in the 2014 Helsingborg Masters as a 13-year-old.
“I really enjoyed my year on the LET. I felt welcome and enjoyed the tournaments, so it’s been a great year.”
Huge congratulations to Julia Engstrom, the 2018 Rookie of the Year. A great achievement & amazing first season on Tour pic.twitter.com/AZvufGWA8f
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) November 25, 2018
She thanked her mum, Jeannette, for being her caddie all season. “She’s been a great support and it’s been great to have her on the bag. I’ve enjoyed having her there.
On her goals for her second season, she added: “I just want to have fun and enjoy my game and see how far it can take me in 2019. It’s been a great year.”