Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad and Italy’s Caterina Don lead after the first round of the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Europe after both carded 2-under-par 70s under tough scoring conditions at Halmstad Golf Club in Tylösand, Sweden.
The ANNIKA Invitational Europe is a 54-hole stroke-play competition featuring 78 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 countries. This year, it is being contested at the beautiful Halmstad Golf Club, host of the 2007 Solheim. The junior tournament is hosted by the Swedish Golf Federation whom we have just signed a three-year extension with to continue hosting the ANNIKA Invitational Europe through 2020.
Born and raised in the city of Halmstad, Lindblad had no problem adjusting to the windy day.
“Sure, it was tough in the wind,” the 17-year-old said. “Sometimes, I had to go up three clubs but I thought I mastered it well, especially holes 5 to 13 where you can’t really tell which way the wind is coming from.”
Lindblad competes for nearby Ringenas Golfklubb, but this is only her fifth round ever played at Halmstad. “It’s very nice and the greens are faster than I’m used to,” says Ingrid, who plans to stick to the same game plan for Round 2.
A theme at all ANNIKA Foundation events, the “More than Golf” motto was once again on full display at the ANNIKA Invitational Europe. Following today’s play, Annika treated 250+ people, including sponsors, players, local juniors and members, to a clinic. Annika shared storied of her competitive days, as well as sharing advice with the girls about what helped her become successful.
Co-leader Don’s round featured four birdies and two bogeys. Swedish natives Linn Grant, Amanda Linnér, Frida Kinhult, and Alice Sundberg are tied for third after notching 1-under-par 71s. Grant, Linnér, and Kinhult currently hold the top three spots of the PING Jr. Solheim Cup Rankings for Europe.
Tomorrow’s second-round tee times will begin at 8:00 A.M (2:00 AM EDT) off Nos. 1 and 10 tees.