Lucie Malchirand jumped to the top of the PING Junior Solheim Cup Rankings with victory at the French Lady Junior International U21 Championship on home soil on Monday at Golf de Saint-Cloud.

Malchirand had the lowest score over the opening two rounds to earn the top seed heading into the knockout stages, then saw off Dane Oliva Gronborg and Italians Benedetta Moresco and Anna Zanusso to reach the semi-finals.

There, she beat her fellow Frenchwoman Candice Mahe at the 19th hole, then triumphed 2&1 in the final against Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, also from France.

Malchirand now has a lead of more than 50 points over second-placed Pia Babnik, and Mickael Maheo, head coach of the French Girls’ Golf Team and vice-captain for the 2019 PJSC, said: “Lucie is an amazing player. She is talented, competitive and mature for only 16 years old.

“She hits the ball very well and has improved her putting and wedge play a lot during the last few months. She managed to stay patient during the 36-hole final, well helped by her friend and teammate Adela Cernousek.”

Babnik moved up to second in the rankings after winning the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship, another counting event for the PJSC taking place last week, by seven shots.

The Slovenian had impressive rounds of 66-69-66 at Royal Troon to finish way ahead of the field, which also included Scotland’s PJSC hope Hannah Darling, who took a share of tenth place after rounds of 70-71-74.

Darling is now tenth in the PJSC qualifying rankings, and will be hoping to jump into the top six places which earn an automatic spot on Mickey Walker’s European team for the contest at Gleneagles on 10th and 11th September 2019. A further six players are given wild cards.

Pia Babnik and Hannah Darling with the PING Junior Solheim Cup trophy at the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship

Qualifying consists of ten events, and the next, the fifth one, is the Allianz German Girls’ Open at GC St. Leon-Rot from 30th May to 1st June.

For more information about the Solheim Cup and the PING Junior Solheim Cup, www.solheimcup2019.com

European PING Junior Solheim Cup Ranking 

Po. Name Country Total
1 Lucie Malchirand France 161.67
2 Pia Babnik Slovenia 110.00
3 Kerttu Hiltunen Finland 95.00
4 Caterina Don Italy 93.67
5 Elena Moosman Switzerland 51.67
6 Alessia Nobilio Italy 51.43
7 Rebecca Becht Belgium 40.00
8 Amalie Leth-Nissen Denmark 38.43
9 Paula Kirner Germany 38.10
10 Hannah Darling Scotland 36.67
11 Benedetta Moresco Italy 36.43
12 Adela Cernousek France 31.67
13 Alizée Vidal France 25.00
14 Lilas Pintheir France 23.43
T15 Carolina Melgrati Italy 21.67
T15 Lily May Humphreys England 21.67
T17 Virginia Bossi Italy 20.00
T17 Nataliya Guseva Russia 20.00
T17 Ellie Gower England 20.00
T20 Sophie Witt Germany 17.00
T20 Patricia Garre Munoz Spain 17.00
T22 Ana Amalia Pina Ortega Spain 15.00
T22 Jessica Baker England 15.00
24 Carlota Palacios Peral Spain 13.57
T25 Emilie Alba Paltrinieri Italy 11.31
T25 Marina Escobar Domingo Spain 11.31
T27 Natalia Aseguinolaza Martin Spain 10.00
T27 Viktoria Hund Germany 10.00
T27 Megan Ashley Scotland 10.00
T27 Carys Worby Wales 10.00
T27 Patience Rhodes England 10.00
T32 Anne Normann Denmark 9.17
T32 Ester Fägersten Sweden 9.17
34 Carla Tejedo Spain 8.81
35 Lois Lau France 8.57
T36 Alice Thomas Wales 7.50
T36 Louisa Carlbom Sweden 7.50
T38 Euphemie Rhodes England 5.00
T38 Maria Vittoria Corbi Italy 5.00
T38 Isabella Holpfer Austria 5.00
T38 Mathilde Delavallade France 5.00
T38 Thalia Kirby England 5.00
T38 Cameron Neilson Scotland 5.00
T38 Evanna Hynd Scotland 5.00
T38 Harriet Barker Scotland 5.00
T38 Chiara Noja Germany 5.00
T38 Eilidh Henderson Scotland 5.00
T38 Ada Huhtala Finland 5.00
T38 Julie Kerrigan England 5.00
T38 Lily Huerlimann Switzerland 5.00
T51 Lauren Holmey Netherlands 4.17
T51 Charlotte Heath England 4.17
T53 Ainhoa Gurrutxaga Gutierrez Spain 2.14
T53 Marta Lopez Echevarria Spain 2.14