Beginning this month, we’re beginning to name a monthly Featured Player. Our inaugural selection is Sweden’s Frida Kinhult. Born September 25, 1999 in Fiskebäckskil, Skaftö Sweden, Frida is currently ranked No. 2 for the PING Jr. Solheim Cup. Because of the time difference and her busy schedule, we caught up with her through a series of emails to ask her some questions about her golf career as well as her personal life. Here is what this year’s Spanish Ladies Amateur Champion had to say.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing golf?
A: That you always can find things to improve! You’ll never be “done” with your practice. Even though I’ve had some great rounds out there, I can always find shots that were not perfect. Also, there is so much that has to work even outside the golf course. Things like your body being injury-free, the mental game, etc.
Q: Why did you start playing golf?
A: My dad, Mikael Kinhult, has been the teaching pro at my home club for a long time, so I guess it was kind of fun to join him when I was a little girl. Also, Skaftö, where I live in Sweden, is a very small island where everybody tries all sports between the ages of 4 and 8. I thought that both golf and table tennis were great fun and competed in both sports until I was 13. At that point, I felt I needed to decide if I wanted to play any of the sports in a more serious way, so I chose golf. During this time, I also got into the Swedish Golf Federation, and I found it more fun than table tennis (I do still play some table tennis just for fun!).
Q: Do you have a pre-round ritual you do before playing? If so, what is it?
A: Well, before a tournament, I always like to do the same things for my practice rounds and practice sessions. But when it’s time for a tournament, I like to warm up in 50-60 minutes before tee time. I always start with putting and distance control, then I head to the driving range about 35 minutes before tee time. I like listening to music as well, and the last song before the round starts I usually listen to “Ice Ice Baby.”
Q: You are currently ranked No. 2 in the PING Jr. Solheim Cup Rankings. How does that make you feel?
A: Well, 2nd is always better than 3rd, 4th ,, etc. But there’s still tournaments left that count toward the ranking and a lot of great players out there, so I’m just hoping to keep my game up and earn a top-6 ranking which means I’ll join Team Europe in August.
Q: What do you think about this year’s PING Jr. Solheim Cup being played at the same course as the The Solheim Cup?
A: I think that it’s great because you can compare yourself to the players from the “real” Solheim Cup. The set up might be different, but you can see how they handle the course, especially around and on the greens.
Q: What is your greatest golf memory?
A: Junior Ryder Cup last year was outstanding! Also, the European Girls’ team championship last year was so much fun! The best single-tournament is for sure Spanish AM (Copa S.M. De La Reina) from this year when I earned the trophy after two days of stroke-play followed by five matches, where I won both the quarterfinal and the final on 19th hole . So much fun!
Q: If you could share the most important piece of advice you’ve ever received with other aspiring female golfers, what would it be?
A: My coach from the Swedish Golf Federation (Fredrik Wetterstrand) told me a few years ago, “Do not expect anything but be prepared for everything.” I’ve gotten great use out of this over the years.
Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in so far?
A: Oh, there’s a lot of great tournaments. Junior Ryder Cup was special, as you play for all of Europe. German boys and girls is also a lot of fun as there are many fun activities at the players’ dinner the day before the tournament starts. We also play a tournament at St. Leon Rot, where the 2015 Solheim Cup was played. Looking forward to my 3rd and last German girls this year. The European Girls Team Championship is also one you remember, good fun playing with the girls from the Swedish team!
After chatting about golf, we wanted to get to know Frida’s personality a bit more so we asked her about some of her favorite things.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Well, I’m not a person who usually watches movies, but Home Alone 2 will always be a fun one hahaha!
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Hmm, I would say that I’m always happy to eat some meat with a fresh salad that contains raspberries!
Q: Who is your favorite golfer?
A: Rory McIlroy
Q: What is your favorite music (singer or type)?
A: Ed Sheeran, Kygo and Zara Larsson!
Q: Is there any other advice you would like to share with young golfers about the game or just life in general:
A: Have FUN! Bring your friends out there and enjoy the time!
Frida will be moving to Tallahassee next year to play golf for Florida State University. After graduating, she hopes to play on the LPGA Tour or Symetra. Currently, Frida is only 19 points behind top-ranked Amanda Linnér. There are five more European Qualifying events left before the PING Junior Solheim Cup Europe team is named. Three of these events will be played in June, including our very own ANNIKA Invitational Europe, which will take place in Sweden on June 20-22. Good luck to Frida on the rest of her season, and we look forward to seeing her at the ANNIKA Invitational Europe.
Thanks for being this month’s Featured Player!