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Karoline Lund sikret seg kortet på LET for 2018 og valgte å bli profesjonell
i stedet for å gå på Oklahoma State University
15.01 Ladies European Tour:
Nå har vi 10 damer på Europa
Det går framover med norsk damegolf.
Nå skriver LET om de 10 norske damene på Europa Touren i en artikkel.
Det er mange som har arbeidet seriøst og lenge. Det har gitt resultater. Først
gjelder det å få starte i turneringene. Så gjelder det å prestere.
Det er blitt lagt merke til at det er blitt betydelig fler norske spillere på
LET. På sine hjemmesider skriver LET om dette fenomenet.
Nå gjelder det bare for jentene å prestere ute på banen i de turneringene de får
være med i. Vi holder denne overskriften klar: "Norsk kvinnegolfmirakel"
Her er artikkelen:
Meet the new Norwegians on Tour
There are 10 Norwegian members of the LET in 2018, including five new members
who qualified at Lalla Aicha Tour School in December.
Of those five, four are rookies and three are teenagers. In addition, Madelene
Stavnar, who played a full season last year, has only just turned 17, so it’s
fair to say that there is a new guard on Tour this year.
The rookies include Karoline Lund, 18, from Losby Golf Club, who made the
decision to turn professional and forgo a golf scholarship to Oklahoma State
University after earning the fifth and final spot in Category 5b, via a play-off.
Holding this new category for the top five players from Tour School gives her a
considerable advantage in that she will be able to play in most tournaments,
including those which are co-sanctioned with other tours. It means that she has
gained entry to the first four tournaments of the season in Australia which are
co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour: the Oates Vic Open, ActewAGL Canberra Classic,
Bonville Classic and New South Wales Open.
Speaking at the LET’s Rookie Orientation at La Sella Golf Resort in Spain, she
spoke about her enthusiasm for the season ahead and the good work that the
Norwegian Federation has done to develop young players in recent years. “They
have gathered those few girls who are at a certain level in Norway and they are
building a team, called Team Norway. We have resources around us and coaches
that help us. Golf is an individual sport, but it feels like we are a team when
we travel and practise together, so it’s really nice. It makes the transition
from being an amateur to a professional much smoother. I’m really looking
forward to this year and of course I want to make other friends as well, but
it’s more comfortable being on the tour when you have friends around you.”
The second rookie to come through Lalla Aicha Tour School was Marita
Engzelius, 29, from Oslo Golf Club, who only just lost out in the
fifth-place play-off. She has been playing on the LPGA and the Symetra Tour for
the last four years, winning the 2014 Symetra Tour Championship. She said:
“These are exciting times for Norwegian golf and I hope that we can encourage
each other to play the best we can.”
The third Norwegian rookie is Celine Borge, 19, who is from the same golf
club as Stavnar. Borge said: “It’s good to have lots of Norwegians on the tour
because we travel together. We have travelled together to lots of tournaments
around the world, especially Madelene, Karoline and myself.”
The fourth rookie is Mariell Bruun, who tied for 37th place at Lalla
Aicha Tour School.
The other Norwegian players are Suzann Pettersen and Marianne Skarpnord,
who represented their country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Caroline
Martens, Tonje Daffinrud and Rachel Raastad.
Two-time Major winner Pettersen, whose career best ranking was second, has
provided plenty of inspiration for the rookies.
Tutta som rollemodell
Lund said of the eight-time Solheim Cup player: “I met Suzann several years ago
when she had her own junior tournament at her home club, which I played in twice.
She’s been my role model since I started playing golf and of course she was a
huge star and still is. I’m really looking forward to playing in a few
tournaments with her and getting to know her a bit, to hear about her experience.
Because we come from Norway and we have a six-month long golf season, she has
shown that it is possible for a Norwegian to be as successful as she is.”
Engzelius added: “Suzann Pettersen has been a huge inspiration to me. She always
inspired me when I was little and now she is continuing to push me and motivate
me, so that is great. I love her work ethic and everything about her golf. She
has been a great role model, coming from the same club and country. I have
stayed with her in Orlando for the past year and it’s just amazing how she can
be so helpful and open, so I truly appreciate her help. She always pays
attention to how people are doing and it’s touching in a way.”
The last time that the LET visited Norway, it was for the 2006 SAS Masters, at
Oslo Golf Club, which is Pettersen’s home club, while the Ladies Norwegian
Challenge, Larvik Ladies Open and Drøbak Ladies Open were played on the LET
Access Series from 2012-2016.
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