The 2017 ANNIKA Invitational USA did not finish the way Amanda Linnér had hoped. Despite a tournament and course-record 64 in February’s final round, Linnér was unable to prevail in a playoff with Brooke Seay.
However, this week’s ANNIKA Invitational Europe, hosted at Sweden’s Hamlstad Golf Club, had a much better final chapter.
After consistent play the entire week, Linnér found herself down by one heading to the final hole of regulation. After a beautiful tee shot, Linnér hit her approach to three feet and converted the birde to force a playoff with England’s Annabelle Fuller, who had just finished with a tournament total of 3-under-par 213.
After trading pars on the first playoff hole, both Linnér and Fuller drained birdie putts on the second hole to send it back to No. 18. After Fuller missed her birdie effort, Linnér put the finishing touches on a four-foot birdie to seal the victory.
”I was very pleased with my wedge play this week, which ultimately helped me prevail in the playoff,” said Linnér. ”I’m thrilled to have earned an exemption into the LET’s ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.”
Finishing in a tie for third at 2-under-par 214 were Sweden’s Frida Kinhult and Julia Engstrom, who will also join Linnér and Fuller in the 2018 ANNIKA Invitational USA.
The 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Europe played host to 78 of Europe’s best junior girls, ages 12-18. Competitors hailed from 16 different countries and were all vying for valuable PING Junior Solheim Cup points. Halmstad Golf Club Director Christian Jakobsson was thrilled with week.
”We saw some outstanding golf and there were many fun activities off the course,” said Jakobsson. ”It was a pleasure to have Annika on site for the event; she is a true inspiration to all.”
Thanks once again to all involved in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe. We’re already looking forward to 2018!