2005 | 2004

South Africa February 23 – March 18
Tenerife April 7-10
Columbia, Missouri April 14 to May 2
Spain
Austrian Ladies Open, Föhrenwald GK, Wiener Neustadt, Österrike May 26-29
BMW Ladies Open, Rom, Italien June 2-5
Arras Open de France Dames, Frankrike June 9-12
Elins tournament for sponsors June 15
Algarve Ladies Open, Portugal, June 24-26
Ladies English Open, England, July 8-10
Prequalifyings for Weetabix Women’s British Open
OTP Central European Ladies Open, Hungary, July 14-16
Scandinvian TPC hosted by Annika, Sweden, Aug 4-7
Wales Ladies Championship, Aug 11-14
Ladies Finnish Masters, Finland, Aug 26-28
Nykredit Ladies Open, Denmark, September 1-4
KLM Ladies Open, Zandvoort, September 16-18
Columbia, Missouri, USA, Oct 17- Nov 7
Qualifying school, La Cala, Mijas, Spain, Nov 19-22

South Africa February 23 – March 18

The first thing we experienced when we left the airport was pouring down rain. It was not a nice start for us who had focus on staying on the left side of the road. But once it was over, the rains usually came in the afternoons on during the nights. The first week we stayed in a B&B with an older couple who invited us to braai, South African barbeque. We met many nice people during our visit, but there are large contrasts to Sweden concerning security. The day after we arrived we practiced at World of Golf, a large practice facility. It was nice to be able to see the ball fly outdoors, but we were a little disappointed that chipping, wedges and the par 3 course was to be played off mats.

We played practice rounds on Friday, Monday and nine holes on Tuesday before the first tournament. The courses we played had good greens and the courses were in great condition, especially the first and last week.
Johannesburg is situated about 1500 meters above sea level so it is a boost for the self confidence to be able to hit the ball 10 meters further on ever shot. March 2-4 we played at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, the first day I was relax and was even for the day. The second and third day I hit fewer greens and did not putt as well so the scores were +5 and +4, I finished in 33rd place. It was nice to get started and play several competitive rounds in a row to find the tendencies in my game. I enjoyed playing in the warm weather, but I could tell I was not used to the heat.

The second week we moved to Centurion outside Pretoria, only 5 min from the course. I played in the pro am so I got to play the course both Monday and Tuesday. Zwartkop GC was not as tight as Royal J & K and a different type of course. It was very hot the whole week, more than 30 degrees Celsius a few days and I played in the middle of the day the whole week so I tried to stay in the shade. The first day was tough because I only hit 6 fairways and 8 greens, but putted really well and saved the score. The second day was less trouble, I made a chip for eagle on the fourth hole and putted well the whole round. The back nine I hit many great iron shots which created many birdie opportunities and I played the back nine four under par with an eagle on the 18th hole. My score was 67, -5, and a new personal record, the best before then was -4. I was three behind the leader going into the last day and I played in the second to last group. I played well and with some excitement and adrenaline I hit some very long iron shots during the round. I was one under the last day with 4 birdies and great putting, I finished tied for 5th. A nice relief to have a low score and two scores under par in a row this early on. This is great for the confidence.

I played in the pro am the last week as well so I played all 5 days in a row the last week too. Killarney GC was by far the tightest course out of the three we played. The course had many doglegs which demanded tactical play and good planning of the shots. A challenge with many nicely designed holes and one of the best designs for a finishing hole I have seen. The first day was a struggle, I hit every fairway but only few greens and I had trouble saving par. I had too many putts and ended up with +6 for the day. I solved some problems on the range afterwards and the second day was a totally different game. I hit many great irons, I hit many greens and fairways and putted well. I chipped in for eagle again on hole number seven. The eagle followed birdies on holes number 4,5 and 6. I continued to play well the back nine with many chances and score was once again 67, -5. The last day I had -4 and finished 14th. Three weeks of play was nice to have with me when I left. The only thing I did not have the chance to practice was wedges, which I have tried to make up for at home now when the snow has melted. But instead I practiced a lot of putting, which paid off immediately. I leave for Tenerife April 2, and the tournament is played April 7-10 at Costa Adeje GC.

Tenerife April 7-10

I was excited to get the 2005 season started since I am better prepared than last year at this time. My dad Börje was caddie and company for the week, nice to have support during the first tournament. The course was situated beautifully by the sea on the southern coast of Tenerife with black lava sand in the waste areas and bunkers. It was sunny almost the whole week with almost no winds. I had an ok start with 73, but the second round was the highlight of the week, 68 and my lowest score on the Ladies European Tour so far. I was tied for sixth after two rounds and the week was wrapped up with 75 on Saturday and 73 on Sunday which meant tied for 30th place. A lot better finish than the opening event last year, but I was still disappointed with the last two rounds.

Columbia, Missouri April 14 to May 2

Great to be back home in Columbia again. I really enjoyed to be back practicing at Gustin and see all the people I miss. I practiced a lot and it gives me great confidence knowing I have prepared the best I can for the tournaments coming up. I also got to practice in bad weather and wind, perfect practice since there have been perfect weather almost all tournaments this spring so far.

Spain

This event was located at Panoramica GC, in the middle of large fields of oranges two hours south of Barcelona. The course was very nice, in perfect shape, great layout and fun to play. The practice facilities were some of the best I have seen. Unfortunately back problems stopped me this week so I had to spend the weekend reading good book instead of playing. But after two visits to a chiropractor and lots of rest I feel better and I am optimistic for next week’s event in Austria.

Austrian Ladies Open, Föhrenwald GK, Wiener Neustadt, Austria May 26-29

My three week trip started in Austria at Föhrenwald GK. The course was in fantastic shape and the weather was great the whole week. Almost too hot with more than 30 degrees Celsius the last three days. After a lot of driving we finally found the golf course on Monday afternoon and we decided to walk the course. We drove to Hungary in the evening which was supposed to be a 30 min drive. After one hour we found the hotel and ate a very good Hungarian dinner. Since the drive was much longer than we had been promised we decided to change hotels to a small hotel in Wiener Neustadt, 15 min from the golf course. We thought it was perfect until they told us there was going to be a hard rock concert Thursday and Friday night. The hotel did not have any air condition so in the middle of the night, sweating in the room and the bed vibration from the base in the music, we were wondering what we had done to deserve this!!!
The rest of the week was better, I played all four days and the game was ok Thursday and Friday but not so good during the weekend. I had help with caddie and company by Maria and Henrik and it was great in the heat this interesting week.

BMW Ladies Open, Rome, Italy June 2-5

This week was like vacation compared to the week before because the hotel had air conditioning and was placed right next to the course. The course was in great shape with several nice holes. My coach Vangdal caddied this tournament and it was really good to be able to get his help during the week. The weather was hot this week also and I hit many good shots after a few changes in the swing. Unfortunately the score wasn't good enough to make the cut, but the training was great and it feels better before the next tournament.

Arras Open de France Dames, France June 9-12

This was the first tournament this year which was played on the same course as last year. The course and the greens were in better shape than last year and it was fun to play a course I recognized from before. The swing and the game felt better but too many putts did not help the score. I played well on the back nine each day -1 and +1 respectively, it was nice to have a low score at least nine holes. My personal strength coach Ingemo Järnland caddied for me this week and learned how work out, practice and life on tour is. It is great that she now knows what the conditions are like.

Elins tournament for sponsors June 15

The day started on the putting greeen where the national team coach Katarina Vangdal told everyone how the professionals practice thier short game and how important it is for a low score. This was followed by a putting competition
with short, medium and long putts. The participants were divided in three teams and everyone was focusing hard to make the putts. After lunch Elin spoke about life on tour so far this year and and the plans for the rest of the season concerning tournaments and practice. The day was finished with a three person scramble on the Vetlanda course which was in great shape.

Algarve Ladies Open, Portugal, June 24-26

This was my first but not last visit to the Algarve coast in the south of Portugal. We stayed right by the sea, one of the most luxurious weeks during the season. The hotel offered a fantastic breakfast buffet, a big outdoor pool and it was beautifully situated by the sea. The only that was missing was great scores on the course. We also had time for a nice midsummer celebration. It was the hilliest course all year so far. We played a different course depending on if one had morning tee time and calm weather or afternoon tee time in stormy conditions. The most exciting event this week was probably my premiere of using an electrical trolley, my Hill Billy was a great help all week up and down the steep slopes on the course.

Ladies English Open, England, July 8-10

I really enjoyed returning to Chart Hills, it is a great course. Bad weather turned my afternoon round into a long one – 5½ hours. I had the opportunity to check my putting stroke by a computer program. I really enjoyed learning some more about the physics of a putting stroke. This week became unfortunately exciting in the wrong way. The bombs in London exploded during the tournament week. Many of the players flew in and out of London before and after the tournament and some of us also experience September 11 during our college time in the US. A sad week where we all realized how close it is to everyone.

Prequalifyings for Weetabix Women’s British Open
The Berkshire GC, England, July 11 and Hillside GC, England July 25

It was tons of fun to play two rounds of competitive golf on real links courses in England. A different type of golf than I am used to is required to be successful and I really enjoyed the courses. I had to play smart, use the hills and slopes wisely and be creative and use all types of shots that I know. The courses were very nice and I definitely learned a lot. I also had the opportunity to walk the course where the British Open was played so now I know what to expect next time.

OTP Central European Ladies Open, Hungary, July 14-16

What an interesting week! The rain poured down when we arrived and it continued for two days. We waited and waited, but it turned out the course was to wet to play practice round or proam. So……… I walked the course twice, once from start to end and once backwards. I played ok, so obviously does not the actual play make a difference, it is more important for me to see the layout and the green areas before I play. The bad weather returned and the first day of play thunder suspended play. I played 13 holes before it got dark so I had to get up early the next day and play 24 holes the second day. I liked the course, the layout was a little different and it was fun to play. Some of us stayed at the Hungarian Olympic training centre during the week. We stayed there with the Turkish wrestling team and a few more and we felt stared at the whole week. The centre was situated beautifully by a lake where we could go for a walk or a run and where we got lapped by some sprinters who were practicing. After I had finished my round the last day they send the British Open on TV in the clubhouse – a nice cool down of the weekend.

Scandinvian TPC hosted by Annika, Sweden, Aug 4-7

Bless you! I heard that phrase a lot since I had a bad cold the whole week. The course was great, long thick ruff and fantastic greens. Barsebäck is one of the best courses I have played all year. It was a challenge in rain and wind during Friday afternoon. It was inspiring to play a tough course like this. Despite the cold, it was a fun week to play in Sweden when many people I know came and watched. I spent the weekend in bed before I left for a new tournament and a new try in Wales.

Wales Ladies Championship, Aug 11-14

I had a hard time believing this course just opened a few months ago. The course had a nice layout, many great golf holes, no matter what the wind was the course was a challenge. The wind blew from the bay and shifted. I played drive and pitching wedge one day on a par four and the next day into the wind I did not reach the green with a drive followed by a four wood. A great plus this week was that the club had a new clubhouse with a gym which the players were allowed to use. I played really well the second round (70) and it was one of the better rounds during the season. I played with good focus and self confidence.

Ladies Finnish Masters, Finland, Aug 26-28

The perfect conclusion of the week is stormy! In many ways! A friend came with me this week and helped me as caddie and company, I had a fun week. It rained – again!!! During the third round a small tornado hit the course. Most people thought that a tornado this size is not possible in Scandinavia, but we were all wrong. Thankfully no one died but several got hurt. I did not play the last day so we went sightseeing in Helsinki, running in the rain and jumping over puddles in the streets.

Nykredit Ladies Open, Denmark, September 1-4

I did not play smart enough in the wind the first round so I did not hit enough greens and struggled to get up and down. I played really well from tee to green the second round and I had many great birdie opportunities that I did not take. After the first round I had too much pressure on myself during the second round. It was fun to have relatives watching me during the second round and always nice to have the opportunity to visit Copenhagen.

KLM Ladies Open, Zandvoort, September 16-18

Wow, what a windy week! The first day of play it was a three club wind so the front nine took three hours to play for many groups. This led to a long delay and I teed off at 15.10 and played the last two holes in the dark. The stormy conditions made me focus really well and I was tied for third after the first round. I got myself into trouble the second day a few times on the par fives when I did not follow my plan and took chances instead. I made some good saves for par but only one birdie for the day is not good enough. I made four birdies the last day but too many bogeys and a lot of putts on the front nine made it difficult to score low. I really enjoyed ending the season with the best finish of the year, it gives a nice aftertaste and good preview for next season.

Columbia, Missouri, USA, Oct 17- Nov 7

As always, great to be back home in Columbia again. I had planned to work out a lot so I joined Maria and the team to work outs Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6.30. I also went on walks in the mornings. After I dropped Maria off on campus I went to the short range and practiced wedges during the mornings. During the afternoons Maria and I played 18 holes and played a lot of match play. To get in shape I carried my bag a lot instead of using the trolley, hard work but it really paid off. It was great to see all my friends again, meet the new girls in the team and nice to stay with Maria and her roommates. Maria and I also had time to carve pumpkins, eat at our favourite restaurants, eat home made sushi and watch a volleyball game. The highlight happened the last day when Maria and I taught our dear friends who had barely tried golf before, many laughs and a fun memory : )

Qualifying school, La Cala, Mijas, Spain, Nov 19-22

After a short stop over for a few days in Vetlanda I left for the southern coast of Spain. The q-school was played at La Cala resort, which has three 18 holes golf courses and David Leadbetter golf academy. It had been raining all weekend so the course was closed most of the day Monday. We walked all 18 holes instead, observed and made notes. Tuesday the people who were playing the prequalifying had priority so after arriving at the course at 08.00 we booked a tee time and went home to work out and rest during the morning. During Wednesday and Thursday when the prequalifiers were on the course we practice short game, on the range and we also got to use the Par three course. It consisted of six very good par threes ranging from 80-110 m, where I practiced my game, focus and short game, very good preparations.
My dad and also caddie arrived Thursday night after some delays and some luck. I played one more practice round Friday, it was needed considering the layout of the course. The course was sitting on the hillside a few kilometres from the beach with a nice ocean view. The difference in elevation was unbelievable on some holes, for example hole 18 where from tee to green the difference felt like 100 metres and after hitting the second shot it was like walking down a ski slope. It was challenging to hit many shots to greens where I was not able to see the surface of the green and down to some greens where the drop was large from where I hit from. The first round was a struggle; I was too eager to play well and not enjoying playing golf. The second round was lot better and I was more in balance. I played more consistent and I had more chances. The third round was one of my best rounds ever!!!
I was very focused, had fun and was positive during the whole round. Not even a triple on the ninth hole disturbed me, I just kept making birdies. The last round I made the mistake to defend my position from the day before and played too defensive. During Wednesday we had time for a walk and some thoughts on the beach, we also did some sightseeing in Puerto Banus and looked at some nice yachts.


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