Preview: European Girls' Team Championship 2018

Sweden to defend on home soil

Titleholders Sweden to defend on home soil when European Girls' Team Championship gets under way at Forsgårdens Golf Club this week July 10-14.

This is the third year in a row that national girls team from all over Europe are traveling to a Nordic country for the European Championship. In 2016 it was Oslo Golf Club in the capital of Norway that provided the battling grounds and last year it was Finland, the land of thousand lakes, and St Laurence Golf just west of Helsinki that did the same.

This year the European Girls’ Team Championship will be played on the Masters Course at Forsgårdens Golf Club, a parkland golf course and host venue of the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour in 1993 and 1996.

Sweden vs. Italy times two
Both the previous two years it has been Sweden and Italy in the final on Saturday playing for the title. Italy won in 2016 and last year it was Sweden that grabbed the gold.

But all that are now just history when teams are preparing for this year´s championship at beautiful Forsgården Golf Club in Kungsbacka at the west coast of Sweden.

History of the championship
This is the 24th time that European Girls' Team Championship are being played. The inaugural championship was also played in Sweden at Hulta Golf Club less then an hour drive from where this year´s championship is held.

Spain won the first two championships and have won a total of seven only surpass by Sweden with eight championships to their credit.

More than just playing golf
A European Championship is more than just playing golf for the players. It´s representing your country, wearing national team uniform, posing for official photos, going to opening ceremony hearing your national anthem being played for you and your team mates and wishing that it will be played once more at the closing ceremony when you and your team is crowned European champions.

Sweden to field in form rookies
Sweden coach, Carl Gustavsson, have six rookies on his rooster for this championship. No one have ever played in a European team championship before, but they have played some good golf coming in to the championship.

Three players; Kajsa Awefjäll, Ingrid Lindblad and Andrea Grimberg-Lignell did bring home bronze medals from the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup played mid-June in Japan.

Before that, both Kajsa and Ingrid has won international tournaments this season. Kajsa finished on top at the Irish Girls Open Stroke Play Championship winning by one stroke ahead of Swedish team mate Louise Rydqvist.    

Ingrid did capture the German Girls Open in early June and did also finished runner up at the ANNIKA Invitational Europe just a few weeks ago. And last week both Ester Fägersten and Andrea Grimberg-Lignell won their respective division at the Stenson Sunesson Junior Challenge.

Winning the ANNIKA Invitational Europe in grand fashion was Anna Zanusso from Italy. She finished the tournament with four straight birdies and almost holed out for a hole-in-one on the last to win by three strokes ahead of Ingrid.

It looks like the last two years finalist teams and champions are in good shape going in to this year´s championship.

However, it´s a lot of golf to be played before any champions for 2018 are decided and there are 17 other teams besides Sweden and Italy. And they will all do their best to finish on top and get gold medals hanged around their necks on Saturday afternoon at Forsgården Golf Club.

The Format
The championship is played over five days. The first two rounds are stroke play qualifying were each team plays six players counting five scores as the team score.

After two rounds the top eight teams goes on to play for the championship in match play. The stroke play will determine the seeded order for the match play with 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5.

The other teams that did not made the championship rounds plays on as well. They are playing for places and pride; this part is also decided in match play.

Game On
Game on tomorrow Tuesday with the first ball in the air at 7:30. Links below for draw, live scoring and pictures.

Draw day 1.
https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/?language=2057#/competition/1644742/teetimes

Live scoring.
https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/?language=2057#/competition/1644742/leaderboard


Pictures
All images are free to use both on web, social media and in print in relation to reports or posts related to this championship. Images to be credited to Goran Soderqvist.  

Picture from practice round and opening ceremony to be found here.

Practice Day 1
https://www.flickr.com/photos/goranphoto/albums/72157668910777087

Practice Day 2 and Opening ceremony.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/goranphoto/albums/72157668941263647

 

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About the venue 
Forsgården Golf Club there are 27 beautiful holes of golf situated only five minutes by car from the center of Kungsbacka. The 2018 European Girls’ Team Championship will be played on the Masters Course, a parkland golf course and host venue of the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour in 1993 and 1996.

About golf in Sweden
Sweden have 457 Golf Clubs. These golf clubs have 468.570 golfers as members and they are also registered to the Swedish Golf Federation. In 2017 6.962.000 rounds of golf were booked in Sweden, 33 073 new memberships were signed to Swedish Golf Clubs and the net growth of players were 4.618.
    
Sweden is a contender where ever there are golf being played. Six different Swedish players have major championships to their credit with a total 16 major championships. Swedish players also have 116 wins on the LPGA, 87 wins on the LET, 26 wins on the PGA Tour and 110 wins on the European Tour.

 

Fler nyheter

  1. Sveriges bästa golfgymnasium
  2. Mästerskap

    Sveriges bästa golfgymnasium

    Vilken avslutningsdag spelarna bjöd oss på idag. Det var dags att avgöra Skol-SM, och det märktes att spelarna var taggade när de anlände till banan. Det var många som spelade strålande golf, och en som spelade nästintill perfekt golf. Om titeln blev det en oerhört jämn historia.

    08:00 drog den tredje och sista rundan av Skol-SM igång på Gränna Golfklubb. Det var relativt blåsigt idag, och något kyligare temperaturer jämfört med gårdagen. Filbornaskolan 1 ledde inför dagens avgörande singelspel, men det var många lag som jagade bakom. Uttrycket ”Släkten är värst” används ibland, och det blev passande för dagens runda.  

    Med ett nysatt banrekord på 61 slag, elva under par, ledde Linn Grant sitt lag, Filbornaskolan 2, under finaldagen. 

    - Jag spelade stabilt idag och slog framförallt riktigt bra wedgar och drivar. Man får många inspel med wedgar på denna banan och det drog jag verkligen nytta av idag, säger Linn efter sin runda. 

    Linns lagkamrater, Hugo Larsson, Edvin Bäckström och Hugo Thyr spelade fin golf även de, och med 566 slag totalt, tio under par, kunde lag Filbornaskolan 2 ta hem vinsten. Endast ett slag bakom hittar vi Filbornaskolan 1, som med sina 567 slag, nio under par, alltså slutar på andra plats precis efter sina skolkompisar. Med andra ord var det en lyckad dag för Filbornaskolan, och inte minst för Camilla Bryngelsson, kapten för båda lagen. Birgittaskolan (Linköping) slutar på tredje plats med sina 572 slag, fyra under par, och kan åka från Gränna med bronsmedaljerna.  

    Med det vill tävlingsledningen tacka spelare, kaptener, Gränna Golfklubb och alla andra som på något sätt varit delaktiga till att göra tävlingen så lyckad. Stort grattis till Filbornaskolan 2! 

    Resultat

    Bilder

    Skribent och fotograf: Ludvig Forssman

  3. Sensommarväder för gymnasieeleverna
  4. Mästerskap

    Sensommarväder för gymnasieeleverna

    Vilken skola är egentligen Sveriges bästa golfgymnasium? Det får vi svar på imorgon när Skol-SM 2018 ska avgöras. Idag har första dagen av årets upplaga gått av stapeln på Gränna Golfklubb i Småland.

    Först och främst, vilket sensommarväder vi har bjudits på idag. Det är nog ingen som haft synpunkter på dagens golfväder, möjligtvis att vindarna var lite starka under förmiddagen. När det kommer till golfen, så har spelarna bjudit på fin golf på Grännas underhållande bana. Tävlingen spelas under två tävlingsdagar, och totalt 54 hål ska avverkas (36+18). Idag, tisdag, har varje lag ställt upp med fyra spelare, två foursomepar, på förmiddagen, och exakt samma upplägg under eftermiddagen. Imorgon, onsdag, spelar fyra spelare från varje lag singelspel. 

    I ledning efter första dagens spel hittar vi Filbornaskolan 1 (Riksidrottsgymnasium Helsingborg) på totalt 282 slag, sex under par. Tätt bakom skuggar Birgittaskolan (Linköping) på 285 slag, tre under par. Filbornaskolan 2 har placerat sig på tredjeplats på 290 slag, två över par. Dagens lägsta score signerades av Sara Ericsson och Hampus Wijkström, som i sin foursome under förmiddagen hade 66 slag, sex under par. 

    Imorgon ska alltså Skol-SM 2018 avgöras. Varje lag ställer upp med fyra spelare, som spelar singelspel, där alla fyra resultat räknas i lagets totalscore. Med andra ord är det mycket som kan hända imorgon, så nu ser vi framemot en spännande finaldag. Resultat, startlista och bilder hittar ni nedan. 

     

    Startlista rond 3 

    Resultat

    Bilder

    Skribent: Ludvig Forssman

  5. Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 5 Match Play
  6. Mästerskap

    Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 5 Match Play

    Italy crowned champions at the 2018 European Girls' Team Championship after a win over Spain in the final.

    The Italian team won both foursomes in the morning in the gold medal match and in the afternoon, Spain did fight back. But in the end this year the Italians were to good to let this slip thru their fingers.

    Anna Zanusso won early and then they just needed one more match to go their way. It was Caterina Don who got the honor of securing that final point. She won on hole 17 and the only other Italian there was her caddie Benedetta Moresco and they celebrated shortly before running to meet the rest of the Italian team.


    This was the second European Team Championship win for the Italian girls in the history of this championship. The first came in 2016 and last year they were runner ups behind Sweden.

    Sweden, the defending champions, finished in third place after beating Czech Republic in the bronze medal match. It was a tight match but both Louise Rydqvist and the Andrea Grimberg-Lignell won single matches on the 18th and Sweden got a well-deserved medal.


    Team Italy

    Virginia Bossi
    Caterina Don
    Benedetta Moresco
    Alessandra Nobilio
    Emilie Alba Paltrinieri
    Anna Zanusso
    Team Captain: Stefano Sardi 


    One team left Forsgårdens Golf Club with a trophy, but all 114 participants, coaches and captains left with memories that will last a long time.


    A big thank you to all staff and volunteers from Forsgårdens Golf Club that made this championship a grand success. Your effort from dusk till dawn, your smiles and your focus on both details and the big picture is a large part of what made this championship enjoyable for all.


    Safe travels and see you all in Spain next year at Parador de El Saler.

    Results
    https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/?language=2057#/competition/1644746/teammatchscores/3

    Pictures
    All images are free to use both on web, social media and in print in relation to reports or posts related to this championship. Images to be credited to Goran Soderqvist.  

    Picture from day 5 match play to be found here.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/goranphoto/albums/72157671160403388

     

    The Format
    The championship is played over five days. The first two rounds are stroke play qualifying were each team plays six players counting five scores as the team score.

    After two rounds the top eight teams goes on to play for the championship in match play. The stroke play will determine the seeded order for the match play with 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5.

    The other teams that did not made the championship rounds plays on as well. They are playing for places and pride; this part is also decided in match play.


    About the venue
     
    Forsgården Golf Club there are 27 beautiful holes of golf situated only five minutes by car from the center of Kungsbacka. The 2018 European Girls’ Team Championship will be played on the Masters Course, a parkland golf course and host venue of the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour in 1993 and 1996.

    About golf in Sweden
    Sweden have 457 Golf Clubs. These golf clubs have 468.570 golfers as members and they are also registered to the Swedish Golf Federation. In 2017 6.962.000 rounds of golf were booked in Sweden, 33 073 new memberships were signed to Swedish Golf Clubs and the net growth of players were 4.618.
       
    Sweden is a contender where ever there are golf being played. Six different Swedish players have major championships to their credit with a total 16 major championships. Swedish players also have 116 wins on the LPGA, 87 wins on the LET, 26 wins on the PGA Tour and 110 wins on the European Tour.