Ingrid Lindblad, a 17-year old Sweden native, remains in the lead after round two of the ANNIKA Invitational Europe at Halmstad Golf Club. After an impressive first day, Lindblad kept her spot atop the leaderboard, shooting a 1-under-par 71 highlighted by a hole-in-one.
After hitting her tee shot in the water on the par-3 16th in the first round, Lindblad matter-of-factly explained her hole-in-one: “I picked a 5-iron, hit a fade, and it landed in the hole. It was a good shot. It is nice not to have to putt on a par three.”
Sweden’s Amanda Linnér shot her second-straight 71 to remain hot on Lindblad’s heels only one shot back.
The day’s big mover, however, was Sofia Seldemirova, who shot an ANNIKA Invitational Europe record-tying 65. After shooting a six-over-par 78 in yesterday’s strong winds, Seldemirova’s seven-under-par round shot her up the leaderboard from T-45 to T-3. She is tied there with Italy’s Catarina Don.
“I didn’t see 65 coming after the round I had yesterday,” said Seldemirova. “I played well today, hit the greens and putted well.” When asked if this was her best competitive round, Seldemirova shared that she also shot 65 a few weeks earlier.
As with all ANNIKA Invitational events, the “More Than Golf” mantra is a big component, as players are treated to educational seminars and fun activities off the golf course. Following today’s play, competitors attended a college golf seminar as well as an info session on the PING Junior Solheim Cup with Captain Alison Nicholas and Annika. Afterward, the players attended a Midsummer BBQ. Midsummer is very important holiday in Sweden. The girls commemorated it by making flower crowns, an activity that’s traditionally associated with the ancient celebration.
Final round tee times will run from 8-10 A.M. (2-4 A.M. EDT) at Halmstad Golf Club. Click here to follow the live scoring to see who will be crowned champion of the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Europe!