Anna Backman climbs onto the PING Junior Solheim Cup ranking table

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Finland’s Anna Backman climbed onto the PING Junior Solheim Ranking, when she reached the semi-final in last week’s Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, at Pyle & Kenfig GC, Wales. The performance gave her a chance to qualify for the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team for the match at Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Iowa, on August 15th and 16th.
The 18 year-old finished 12th in the strokeplay qualifier and then won four matches, before she lost against 2009 and 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup player Leona Maguire from Ireland, in the semi-final. After beating Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra, Leona, 1st on the World Amateur Ranking, went on to win the Ladies’ British Open Championship but, as they are born in 1994 and 1995 respectively, neither are eligible to play in the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
At the end of the qualification process, the top six players on the European Ranking will all earn places in Alison Nicholas’ team, with six additional players receiving a wildcard pick. The ranking is topped by Linn Grant, Amanda Linnér, Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin, all four from Sweden. Currently in fifth place is Letizia Bagnoli from Italy, followed by Emma Spitz of Austria. Full leaderboad below.
The next qualifying event is the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, at Halmstad GK, Sweden (June 20th-22nd), where the European Team Captain, Alison Nicholas, will attend to meet players and coaches and have a workshop with the participants, together with Solheim Cup Captain, Annika Sörenstam.
The qualifying season will come to a close with the European Girls’ Team Championship, at St Laurence GC, Finland (July 11th-15th), and the European Ladies’ Team Championship, back at Montado Golf Resort (July 11th-15th).
To qualify for the European team, participants must be girls aged 12-18 years old (born 1999, or later), whom have not reached their 18th birthdays prior to January 1st 2017. Prospective team members must be amateurs and cannot be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. In addition, they must also be European citizens.
The 2017 event in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15th-16th, marks the ninth time the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team will battle against the US Team, which currently lead the series with five wins, two losses and one tie.
For more information about the PING Junior Solheim Cup, please visit www.solheimcupeurope.com or contact pjsc@ladieseuropeantour.com.
Photo: R&A

Po.
Name
Country
Points

1
Linn Grant
Sweden
158.50

2
Amanda Linnér
Sweden
119.25

T3
Frida Kinhult
Sweden
100.00

T3
Beatrice Wallin
Sweden
100.00

5
Letizia Bagnoli
Italy
  97.50

6
Emma Spitz
Austria
  71.00

7
Julia Engström
Sweden
  67.17

8
Alessia Nobilio
Italy
  59.25

9
Line Toft Hansen
Denmark
  55.00

10
Mathilde Claisse
France
  52.00

11
Shannon McWilliam
Scotland
  50.00

12
Maja Stark
Sweden
  46.50

13
Anna Backman
Finland
  45.00

14
Alessandra Fanali
Italy
  40.00

15
Sara Kouskova
Czech Republic
  39.50

16
Carolina Caminoli
Italy
  38.00

17
Alexandra Försterling
Germany
  37.75

18
Esther Henseleit
Germany
  32.50

19
Annabel Fuller
England
  29.67

20
Annabel Wilson
Ireland
  27.75

21
Karoline Lund
Norway
  25.00

22
Caterina Don
Italy
  22.92

23
Samantha Fuller
England
  19.25

24
Hollie Muse
England
  17.25

25
Mairead Martin
Ireland
  15.00

T26
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard
France
  13.00

T26
Chiara Tamburlini
Switzerland
  13.00

28
Aline Krauter
Germany
  12.00

T29
Agathe Laisne
France
  10.00

T29
Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen
Denmark
  10.00

T29
Paula Neira Garcia
Spain
  10.00

32
Clarisse Louis
Belgium
    9.00

T33
Anna Zanusso
Italy
    8.00

T33
Dana-Helga Puyol Robert
Spain
    8.00

T33
Emilie Paltrinieri
Italy
    8.00

T33
Elena Moosmann
Switzerland
    8.00

37
Teresa Diez Moliner
Spain
    7.50

38
Isobel Wardle
England
    5.00

T39
Clara Manzalini
Italy
    3.00

T39
Elisabeth Codet
France
    3.00

T39
Elena Arlas Quiros
Spain
    3.00

42
Alizee Vidal
France
    2.50

43
Isabella Holpfer
Austria
    1.25

 



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