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. Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 5 Match Play
  2. 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.

  3. Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 4 Match Play
  4. Mästerskap

    Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 4 Match Play

    Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 4 Match Play

    Italy and Spain face off tomorrow in the final of 2018 European Girls' Team Championship. 

    Friday was another sunny day at Forsgårdens Golf Club. E little less wind in the afternoon than previous days and the course yet again proved to be a test.  

    The morning foursomes went both to Italy but there was some drama before they could get the wind. The second match were intense with player wearing their emotions on their sleeves. The Czech Republic made it even on the 18th but only to see Emelie Alba Paltrinieri roll in the birdie putt on the first extra hole.

    In the afternoon singles the Italians prove to strong for this good playing Czech team and won three singles and secured their third straight final.   

    Sweden and Spain, the two countries with most championships to their credit, faced off in the other semifinal. They shared the foursomes, and in the afternoon singles Spain came out strong and were up early in a few matches, the Swedish team did fight back but in the end, Spain were the better team this day. Tomorrow they will face Italy for their eight European Girls' Team Championship.    

    Tomorrows matches: Final Italy (1)                                           vs.                        Spain (2)

    Bronze medal match Sweden (3)                                   vs.                        Czech Republic (4)

    The matches will be decided with two foursome matches in the morning and five single matches in the afternoon. You need to win four matches to win the team match and advance to the next round.
    Result from semifinals. https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/?language=2057#/competition/1644746/teammatchscores/2

    Live scoring – final and bronze medal match. 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 4 match play to be found here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/goranphoto/albums/72157693204607970

    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.

  5. Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 3 Match Play
  6. Mästerskap

    Recap: European Girls' Team Championship Day 3 Match Play

    All four top seed teams are thru to semifinal play tomorrow.

    The Masters Course at Forsgårdens Golf Club is a great match play course the way it´s set up for this championship. If you are dialed in and take your chances the course offers a lot of birdie opportunities but if your concentration or execution is just a little off, the course bites back.

    Italy were even with Netherlands after morning foursomes. When the singles started the Italians never looked back and secured a place in the semifinals with four wins in the singles.


    The Czech Republic also halved the foursomes with opponent Germany. In the singles it was some close matches and it was, co-medal individual winner in stroke play, Sarah Hricikova who holed the winning putt on the 17th.


    Sweden made it thru after a tight encounter with Nordic neighbor Denmark. Sweden was two up going in to singles, but Denmark came out playing good golf I the afternoon. Elsa Svensson was at one point three down and did fight her way back and when she holed out for par on the 17th hole she booked a place in the semifinal for Sweden.


    Spain made it thru as the last team to the semifinals. They had to dig deep to beat England 4-3, the last and deciding match went all the way to 18.   


    This is tomorrows semifinals:

    Italy (1)                                           vs.                        Czech Republic (4)

    Sweden (3)                                     vs.                        Spain (2)                                       


    The semifinals will be decided with two foursome matches in the morning and five single matches in the afternoon. You need to win four matches to win the team match and advance to the next round.

    Result from quarterfinals
    https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/?language=2057#/competition/1644746/teammatchscores/1


    Live scoring - semifinals.
    https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/?language=2057#/competition/1644746/teammatchscores/2


    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 3 match play to be found here.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/goranphoto/albums/72157671094022988


    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.