21st @The French Ladies Stroke Play🏌🏻‍♀️🇫🇷

 

This year’s French Ladies Stroke Play Championship was held at Golf Club Morfontaine, a beautiful private course just outside Paris. It’s a 3-day tournament but played over 72 holes. After 2 rounds there is a cut of the best 36 players, who play then on Sunday 36 holes. With scores of +1 and +2, I easily made the cut. On the final day, I shot +1 and -1. With a total of +3, I placed 21st. Overall, I was very happy with my consistent game and it was a great tournament to finish my season. For now, I’m back to school hitting the books, working on my fitness and practicing with my new Ping clubs.

 


 

Ping Europe Fitting Center ⛳️

 

The day after my third place at the English Women’s Stroke Play Championship, I visited the Ping Europe Fitting Center in Gainsborough.  I had a fitting with Geoff Waddington and also got to take a look inside the Ping Factory!  I really appreciate getting sponsored by Ping with my equipment the past few years and I can’t wait to get my new Ping clubs. Thanks for the great support from Oliver here in Austria and Geoff in England.


 

 

3rd place at the English Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship 

 

This year’s English Women’s Stroke Play Championship was held at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, the Home of England Golf. We played the Hotchkin course, one of the best Inland courses in England. It has a lot of heather next to the fairway but also many trees and 365 bunkers – many of which are very deep up to 6 meters.  To be able to stay out of trouble and bunkers you really had to have a good strategic game plan, where you are able to place the ball on the fairway. The first round I played level par, which was a very good start into the tournament. The second round I played the best score of the day with 4 under.  I was 5 under after 17 but unfortunately on 18 I hit my drive into a fairway bunker and had a really bad stance, so I played a bogey.  Overall I was really happy with that round because I was often close to the pin and played many birdies but a few times I had some really long putts, which I two-putted.  After 36 holes Annabell Fuller and I were leading at 4 under. It felt really awesome being in contention again. 

 

On the last day 36 holes were played. I played round three and four in the last flight with a lot of spectators following. After shooting +2 in round three, I was 1 stroke off the lead going into the final round in the afternoon. During my fourth round I was leading until the 14th hole but unfortunately played one more bogey on 15 and finished with pars. I had good birdie chances on 16, 17 and 18 but unfortunately they didn’t fall. In the end, I scored +2 again and finished the tournament at Level par and got THIRD PLACE!  I played very solid golf and I’m very proud of my result on this difficult golf course.



 

Girls British Amateur Championship 🇬🇧⛳️

 

This year’s Girls British Championship was held at Enville Golf Club, a beautiful parkland course with excellent practice facilities.  On the first day of stroke play, I had a 2:30 p.m. tee time and scored +1, after being -2 after 12 holes.  In round two of stroke play, I started off pretty well but unfortunately during the back nine I lost my rhythm and wasn’t hitting the shots as solid as before and finished +6.  With a total of +7, I made the cut of the best 64 to get into the matchplay phase. The first round of matchplay I played against Annabell Fuller. Unfortunately, I lost to her but we both played very well and halved 2 holes with birdies. I just hit a few bad shots off the tee, which costed me an extra stroke on those holes. Overall I’m very happy – I made the cut and I was able to practice at Enville to prepare for my next tournament, the English Women’s Stroke Play Championship.


 

A sub-round end result in a 4 day tournament for 11th place! 🇧🇪⛳️

I played the Belgium International Amateur Championship at Hulencourt Golf Club.  The course was in great condition and had a very nice club house and a nice setting.  The first round got delayed for over 2 hours due to thunderstorms, so I didn’t start till 3 p.m. – even though I brought home a 71 (-1).  During my second round I started off with 16 consecutive pars and ended the day with 2 bogeys to finish 74 (+2).  With a total of +1, I easily made the cut of the best 20 players.  On moving day, I shot 69 (-3) with 3 birdies, an eagle and 2 bogeys.  On the final day, I was very happy with the amount of birdies I shot (6 birdies) unfortunately in the windy conditions, I just had too many bogeys.  I shot 72 (par) and finished the tournament with a total score of -2.  I am very happy to have finished a 4 round tournament at under par!


 

European Girls Team Championship 2017🇫🇮⛳️

 

This year’s European Girls Team Championship was played at St. Laurence Golf Club in Finland.  In the two stroke play rounds, I scored +3 and PAR. Unfortunately, Team Austria didn’t qualify for Flight A where the best 8 Teams get to compete, we ended up in Flight B.  On the first matchplay day we won our match against Scotland. (I was able to win 5 up and add a point to the leaderboard.) The second matchplay day we played against Finland and lost.  And on the final matchplay day we played against Slovenia and won.  Overall Team Austria placed 11th and the Swedish Team won the gold medal.  It was a great week and I was very happy with my long game because I hit a lot of greens and had no penalty strokes. 


 

Junior Vagliano Trophy 2017🇪🇺⛳️🇮🇹

End of May, I got nominated to play in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.  Six girls under 16 get picked for the Continent of Europe Team and the Great Britain and Ireland Team. This year’s event was held at Bogogno Golf Club near Milan, Italy. The format is morning foursomes and afternoon singles.  My foursome partner was Amanda Linner from Sweden. On both days we won both of our foursome matches.  I also won both of my singles.  At the end of the two  days, the Continent of Europe won 15:3 against GB & I.  I had an amazing week and it was a lot of fun being part of this great team!


 

Annika Invitational Europe 2017🇸🇪⛳️ 

Right after the British Ladies I flew to Sweden, where I played the Annika Invitational Europe at Halmstad Golf Club.  This was my third year playing the tournament and it’s always great to come back and play this event.  Like every year Annika Sörenstam is there too. She does clinics and workshops and it’s always very exciting to take part in her event and learn from her.  Unfortunately my short game wasn’t that great but I was very happy with my long game. Now I’m flying back home for a few days and on Tuesday I’m heading to Italy, where I got nominated to play in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.  This is a match play event where continental Europe plays against Great Britain and Ireland.


 

 

British Ladies 2017

After the German Girls, I had three days left of school to finish my last three exams and a few tests for this school year.  I pretty much spent the whole week studying and did some putting practice.  I scored an “A” on all three exams and headed to my next tournament in Wales, the British Ladies. It was played at Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, where I had won a Faldo tournament a few years ago. I didn’t qualify for the match play phase after two stroke play rounds but it was still a great learning experience to play on a Links course in windy conditions.  I also got a few practice days in and played the Langland Bay Golf Course – also known as the Pebble Beach of Wales.


 

 

German Girls 2017⛳️🇩🇪 

The Allianz German Girls was held, like every year in St. Leon Rot, Germany. This year around 100 girls participated and due to a huge tournament field we played two courses. The 1st Round, I played on Course Rot and scored Par. The 2nd Round was played on St. Leon and I shot +2. I was very happy with my long game because I hit a lot of greens, I just have to sink more putts.  Unfortunately the 3rd round got cancelled due to thunderstorms. 


 

 

10th at the Welsh Ladies 

The Welsh Ladies Open was played at Ashburnham Golf Club, Wales. In very tough, windy conditions I played +8 on the first day. During the front nine it was tricky to try and keep the ball on the green because of the strong back wind. On some holes it was just impossible to get the ball to stop on the green and not roll off. In Round 2, I shot +2. On the final day, I shot +1 after being -3 after 5 holes and -2 after 14 holes. I placed 10th in the end and it was a good experience to play in windy conditions with very fast greens.


 

 

15th at the Helen Holm Championship in Scotland

The Helen Holm Championship is played at Royal Troon Golf Club, Scotland. Round 1 and 2 were played on the Portland Course and the best 66 make the cut and get to play the Old Course, where The British Open was played last year. With rounds of +3 and +2, I easily made the cut and had the honor to play the Old Course at Royal Troon on the final day.  In the 3rd Round, with very windy conditions which made the back nine pretty tough, I scored PAR which I’m very happy about. In the end, I placed 15th and now it’s back to school for 4 days to get some tests done and then I’m on my way to my next tournament in Wales.



 

 

French Ladies in Paris, France🇫🇷

 

During my Easter break, I was in Paris playing the French Ladies. We played at Golf de Saint Cloud, a beautiful private course with view of the Eiffel Tower on hole 8. My scores were +1 and +5. As only the best 32 players make the cut into the matchplay phase – I didn’t make the cut.

However, I’m still very pleased with my game because I already played that tournament 2 years ago and I saw a huge improvement in my distance development, which was one of my main goals! 

I used the rest of the week to practice and get ready for my next tournament in Scotland, the Helen Holm Championship. I also had a blast playing the 2018 Ryder Cup course at Le Golf National.


 

 

16th at the Italian Ladies in Sicily

My 3rd tournament this season was the Italian Ladies at Donnafugata Golf Club, in Sicily. The course reminded me of a Links course because the greens were very hard and fast, the fairways were very hard too and it got pretty windy at around 9 a.m because the course is very open and close to the ocean.

I started the tournament with a score of +9, unfortunately I scored 3 holes +7 and the other 15 holes +2. The second round I played +1 with 4 birdies. The third round I played as well +1 but with 5 birdies and unfortunately a double bogey. With a total of +11, I easily made the cut. On the final day, I scored PAR with another 3 birdies and many more birdie chances and placed 16th in the tournament. I was extremely pleased with the amount of birdies I played the last three rounds and even more happy with my long game – I could see the improvement I made from my last tournament where I wasn’t as close to the pins.


 

 

Made the Cut at the Spanish Ladies Matchplay Championship

 

The Spanish Ladies Matchplay Championship was played at Sherry Golf Club, Jerez, Spain.  A difficult course with smaller greens, some of which are narrow, and a few tricky holes with water and a lot of bunkers.  I was very happy with my tee shots and had some excellent drives.  On the first day I was able to bring home a score of +1 in very windy conditions which put me in 8th place in a very tough field of players.  I had a penalty stroke in the second round and my iron shots were just not close enough to the pin.  Unfortunately, my birdie putts were not falling so I played a score of +5 for a total of +6 which put me at the 27th place.  But I made the cut which was my goal for this tournament in a field of top players and went on as one of the best 32 players to the matchplay phase.  My match was against the 2nd ranked player after stroke play.  We kept it even at the beginning but then she made some really long putts and I lost on the 16th hole.  Now its back to the books and I am looking forward to my next tournament in Italy.


 

 

Straight A Report Card📚

I am very proud of my first semester report card of straight As!  I worked really hard and studied a lot in order to achieve this.  Next semester will be tougher because I will miss more days due to tournaments, but I will do my best to keep up the good grades.  📚


 

 

Training Camp in South Africa ⛳️

 

This year I took part in the National Team’s training camp at Pinnacle Point, South Africa.  Over the two week time period, I worked on my technique and fine-tuned my game.  The weather was warm and it was an excellent opportunity to practice playing in windy conditions. 


 

 

2017 Portuguese Ladies, Golf Club Montado

 

The field at this year’s Portuguese Ladies which took place at Golf Club Montado was very strong because it is the venue for the Ladies European Team Championship this summer.  I just made the cut and was off in the morning with the first tee time the final day.  I had an excellent round hitting many fairways and greens and played -1 putting me at the 31st place. 


 

2016, A Season of Growth💪🏻

 

The 2016 season was one of growth – I got taller, stronger, fitter and I improved my club head speed – which led to a major increase in distance.

At times I struggled with this length and the accuracy of my shots. Finally, it was time to take a look at my clubs, which I played for the last two seasons.

The increase in my club head speed showed at my Ping fitting.  I felt more comfortable with a heavier and stiffer shaft.  I was very pleased with my first training session and round of golf with my new clubs.  I’m continuing my intensive fitness program and will spend as long as possible playing holes outside this fall/winter to get ready for the next season.

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Belgium U18 at Royal Golf Club de Belgique⛳️🇧🇪

This year was my third time I played the Belgium Girls U18 at Royal Golf Club de Belgique, an old privat Parkland course with narrow fairways, lined with old thick trees and bushes, just outside of Brussels. With scores of +4, +9 and +2, I made the cut and shot +7 on the final day.

At the moment my game is not consistent enough to score better.  On the third day, I was very happy with my game, I played the last 13 holes 3 under par.  Now I’m going to continue to train and work hard to get the consistency back into my game.

My summer vacation is now over and I’m very excited and happy to get back to school and hit the books!📚

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Annika Invitational at Bokskogens Golf Club in Sweden🇸🇪⛳️

 

This years Annika Invitational Europe was played at Bokskogens Golf Club in Sweden. I played in this years Junior Am/Am the day before the tournament started and got the chance to get a picture with Annika and Peter Hanson. It was also a lot fun taking part at Annika’s clinic. I placed tied for 47th with scores of 77, 80 & 76. As another highlight of the week I went to the Rihanna concert at Malmö Arena which was a great experience and so awesome!👍🏻

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European Ladies Amateur Championship at Hooks Golf Club in Sweden🇸🇪⛳️

 

This years European Ladies Amateur Championship played at Hooks Golf Club in Sweden. It was a beautiful course with a nice hotel located right beside the course. My scores were +6, +7 and +4. Of course the scores aren’t what I wanted them to be but my length greatly improved this year so my shots are not as straight as they used to be.  My shots are still a little inconsistent but I will definitely get it under control and right now I am proud that I made the necessary swing changes and work hard on my fitness program which enabled me to get this length.  Unfortunately, I missed the cut but I used the time and practiced hard for my upcoming tournament also in Sweden, the Annika Invitational.

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European Girls Team Championship in Oslo, Norway

 

On my first day of summer vacation, I was already back on the road again, traveling to Oslo, Norway with the Austrian Girls National Team to play in the European Girls Team Championship. Five other girls and me represented Austria at the Oslo Golf Club. Our team was new because except for me, none of them had ever played this tournament before. My scores in the strokeplay rounds were +6 and +1. As a team we placed 10th, so we made it into the B flight. In  matchplay I was able to halve one match and win the other. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win as a team so we ended up placing 15th. Overall it was a fun week and I enjoyed Oslo!

 

 

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         School’s out! 

 

My first year of school at the Golf Hak Stegersbach is over! Another 4 years until I want to go to a university in the USA.  I am very proud of my report card because I got all A’s except for one B.  I worked really hard in school and tried to get caught up with every subject as quick as possible when I was gone at a golf tournaments. Now it’s time for a great summer traveling around Europe – playing tournaments!

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4th Place at the Austrian National Open, Golf Club Föhrenwald 

 

This year’s Austrian Open took place at my home Club, Golf Club Föhrenwald.  The course was in excellent condition and the team from Golf Club Föhrenwald and the Austrian Golf Federation held an excellent tournament.  It was a challenge with the weather conditions which included some wind and rain and the final day played over 36 holes. I played the first two rounds solid with Par and +2 even though I made some mistakes with the wrong club into the green a few times, I had some luck and pitched in for an eagle from 98 meters.  The final day played over 36 holes, I struggled with my green approaches that had a bit of a curve on them and putting which put me at +1 and +5 for the last two rounds.  However, I am really happy with the length and power I have from the tee and I was also able to produce some excellent ball shaping from the tee when I needed it.

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German Girls – St. Leon-Rot 

 

In June, I took part in the 13th German Girls which took place at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot.  It was my first tournament since a 2 month break to complete my final exams at school and taking the time to work on the changes I made to my swing.  I played +2 on the first day and +1 on the second day.  My Performance was good but not good enough for the level at the tournament which meant I missed the cut by 5  strokes. I was still very happy about my performance because it was the first time I played with my new swing and a different golf game – more length and ball shaping – in a tournament under some pressure.

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9th place at the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship

 

 

 

In April, I traveled to Ireland to take part in the Irish Women´s Open Strokeplay Championship.  This tournament is special to me since I was able to win it last year on a parkland course. This year it was held on a beautiful links course with some unbelieveable golf holes – The Island Golf Club – just outside of Dublin.  The conditions were very tough with temperatures barely in the plus.

 

I am pleased with my game, playing +5 (with heavy rain & wind) the first day, a Par round in normal conditions the second day, and a very good +9 in very strong wind the last day.  Placing 9th on a links course against strong local competition shows that my game is on the right track.  I am looking forward to my next tournaments, but before that I have to focus on a few things in my training and also take some final exams in school.

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Aimpoint Express Training with Christoph Bausek 

 

I completed the Aimpoint Express training with Christoph Bausek, the only certified instructor in Austria.  It was great fun with Christoph and I will start implementing this technique in my putting game.

 

Although I am not satisfied with my season start so far, I have seen improvement in all aspects of my game.  My shots are getting more powerful and longer, my short game got more variable and my putting got stronger – I’m sinking more longer putts.  In February/March, I had to deal with another growth spurt which caused me to loose my coordination and feeling for my swing.  I worked with my Trainer, Max Baltl and he gave me some new drills to gain confidence in my swing again. I am sure that all aspects of my game will come together again and I will perform at a higher level than before.

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2015 Season Review – a Time for Change

 

2015 was a great season for me as far as my overall performance is concerned but even more important, at this stage in my development, is what I learned about myself this season – I am getting older and it is time for me to make some changes in order to bring my golf game to the next Level.

 

The first massive change I made is related to my education, which is still very important for me. In September I started my new school, the Golf HAK Stegersbach, which integrates my golf training, fitness and education in the best possible way.  My Monday to Friday program includes school work and 3 times intensive golf training (plus playing holes one afternoon) and 2 times fitness training. The school has its own practice area, takes one year longer than a normal highschool but I think it will get me well prepared for my next goal, a full scholarship at a university in the USA.

In 2015 I played 20 tournaments in 15 different countries, only 2 of them in Austria, which added up to 50 Strokeplay rounds and 14 matches. Besides twelve top 10 placements, one of the Highlights of the season was for sure my victory at the Irish Ladies Strokeplay Championship. Winning in a play off against a local player watched by hundreds of people was something special that I will always remember. My longest trip this year was to South Africa to reach a 6th place at the South African Junior Open – the closest tournament was at GC Murhof where I played the European Ladies Championship for the first time.

I played very successfully in Two Team Events:

The European Girls Team Championship – As the youngest member of the Austrian Girls National Squad I was chosen by the coaches to play every day, two times (a foursome & a single) in all weather conditions (heat & rain). I was very proud to contribute each day atleast 1 point for the Team and we won the Bronze Medal.

The Vagliano Trophy – Due to my excellent performance in various international golf tournaments, the European Golf Federation nominated me to play for the Team Continental Europe against GB & I in the Junior Vagliano trophy. It was a great honor for me to play and a super experience to win in that specific Team format is something special I will remember for a long time and I will work hard to be on the next Junior Team in 2017.

Further special moments in 2015 have been – the Invitation from the Duke of York to his tournament, the opportunity to meet Annika Sörenstam and play her tournament, watching the US Solheim-Team with my idol Lexi winning against the European players and watching Allison Lee at the Evian Masters the day before I played there and reached a 9th place.

Another substantial change I made this season was to move to PING as my main golf equipment supplier – thanks for the support so far.  I am convinced that this is a step in the right direction and will help to improve my game.

Furthermore I am in the process to make changes to my Team. I just recently started working with Roberto Zappa on my putting and Max Baltl who runs the golf program at my school will also bring his experience to the Team.

Due to my performance this season, I was able to improve my World Amateur Golf Ranking from 930 at the beginning of the season to around 270. I am proud to reached this position by playing tough international tournaments and it helps me for next season to get into the top amateur tournaments in Europe which makes planning much easier.

I have a lot of hard work ahead of me the next 2 months to be well prepared and even stronger in the golf season 2016.

 

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New Putting Coach, Roberto Zappa

 

In order to bring my game to the next level, it is important to make some changes to my current training program – without change, my game will remain the same.  One of those changes, is to improve my putting game.  To help me with this important part of the  game, I have started working with Roberto Zappa from Golf Club Milano and Head Coach of the Italian Ladies National Team.  I know him from my international tournaments  and after my first sessions  with Roberto I am convinced that we will work great together and my putting will improve substantially.

 

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Solheim Cup Weekend in Saint Leon Rot

On the last day of the Evian Juniors Cup, my parents drove from Austria to come and watch me because the next day we headed to Saint Leon Rot to watch the 2015 Sohleim Cup USA vs. Europe!
I was so excited when we got there for the practice round.  We walked right through the gates and headed out on the course. In the Programm it said that the USA Team had already teed off, unfortunately the weather was cloudy and rainy so only Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome and Angela Stanford played holes. I didn’t mind because I any way wanted to watch Michelle.  I was cheering for the US Team because all my favourite players are on it. That evening, we also went to the opening ceremony which was pretty awesome!

Friday, 1st match day, we woke up at 5:30am to get in at 6:30 because I wanted to sit on the 1st tee grand stand. It was a lot of fun because we sang songs to cheer the Americans. I got some really good pictures and watched all the matches tee off. Then we started watching Michelle and later Lexi and finally Alison.

Before Sunday it didn’t look good for the Americans but the incident what happened between Suzann Petterson and Alison Lee fired them up and they made a wonderful comeback, it was very exciting, especially the 3 meter putt from Gerina Piller to tie her match and so that the fight for the Cup would even continue.

The Solheim Cup was so much fun and a great experience and I will work really hard the next few years so that I can make it on the Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2 or 4 years from now.

 

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9th place at the Evian Champion Juniors Cup

 

Once again I was proud to represent Team Austria at the Evian Championship Juniors Cup which takes place in Evian, France right after the Evian Championship, LPGA Masters Tournament.  The Evian course is therefore, in excellent shape with narrow fairways trimmed with thick rough and fast Greens.  Our practice round got cancelled after only four holes due to rain.  With scores of +4 and even par, I am proud to have made a top 10 placement surrounded by players in my age group from all over the world.

 

 

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The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy

 

The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy is an international 54 hole stroke play tournament for u18 year old girls and boys founded by The Duke of York, Prince Andrew who is very much into promoting amateur golf.  Because of my win at the Irish Ladies Stroke Play Championship this year, I received an invitation to play this tournament at Princes Golf Course which is right next to Royal St. George’s.  Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Phil Michelson have played at Princes.  54 girls and boys from 27 different countries all over the world competed at this tournament and they have all either won their state championship or an other tournament.  Princes Golf Course is a typical links course on the coast of Kent with very windy conditions.  With scores of +1, +4 and +6, I placed 9th.  A very special moment was having the priviledge to meet The Duke of York, Prince Andrew.

 

 

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Invitation from The Duke of York – Best Ranking in WAGR

 

I am very honoured recieving an invitation to the Duke of York Young Champions trophy. First played in 2001, this event is an unique, international 54 hole stroke play golf tournament for boys and girls who are either the current holders of their U18 National Championship or have won some other Major Golf Event in the preceding year. Looking forward playing the Princes Golf Course, a typical links course on the coast of Kent and meeting a member of the royal Family, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York.

 

Besides, I am pleased to have reached this week my all-time best ranking (so far) 250 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).  I am well aware that this can change very quickly up and down, depending on my future performance, but I am proud to be at the moment, the best Austrian female Player in the WAGR.

 

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5th Place at the International Juniors of Belgium

 

The International Juniors of Belgium took place at the Royal Golf Club De Belgique near Brussels.  After my 24th ranking last year, my goal was a top 10 placement at this tournament which has many international participants.  I placed 5th, tied with the under 16 European Champion, Pauline from France.   This course doesn’t allow many mistakes.  Therefore, I am very proud of my two Par rounds.  Especially on the second day, with the last tee time, under heavy rain, and already bumpy greens, my Par round was the best score of the day.

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Missed the Cut at the British Girls by 3 Strokes

 

The British Girls took place on West Kilbride, a very nice links golf course near Glasgow, Scotland.  This event is made up of two days of strokeplay where then the best 64 qualify for the matchplay phase.  Both days I made a few mistakes which unfortunately caused me to miss the cut by 3 strokes.  I used the extra time to train and play two additional links golf courses, Barassie Golf Course & DunDonald Links, nearby.  I also visited Royal Troon where next year’s 145th Open takes place, Turnberry where the Ricoh British Open took place last week and Prestwick, birthplace of The Open.

 

 

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Meeting Annika Sörenstam at the Annika Invitational Europe

 

 

 

This year the Annika Invitational Europe took place at Bro Balsta Golf Club, the home club of Annika Sörenstam.  Annika learned how to play golf on this par 73 course with huge, fast and slopey Greens.

 

I played +5 the first day with 4 birdies but too many bogeys.  After the first round there was a clinic with Annika where she gave us some tips.  I was amazed at how she hits the ball and everything that she has accomplished in her career.

 

The second day, my game was more solid and I played +3 with 1 birdie.  Again we took part in workshops  after the round which covered nutrition, social media and college golf.  Afterwards, we had a barbeque and for desert we made our own cakes.

 

On the final day I played again +5 with no red scores on my card.  The winner was Ana Pelaez from Spain who was leading last year after 36 holes but then got second place.  It was a great experience to be able to play this tournament where I was for sure one of the youngest participants.

 

Next stop is Glasgow for the British Girls which takes place on a typical Scottish links course!

 

 

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First Appearance at the European Intl. Ladies Championship

 

Because of my excellent position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, I  easily qualified for this elite tournament which took place at Golf Club Murhof in Styria, Austria.  Even though my game was not as solid as I would have wanted it to be, it was an excellent experience playing against top players.  I definitely learned alot and look forward to playing it again.

 

 

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Bronze Medal at the Girls Team European Championship

 

2015 was my 2nd year participating as the youngest member of the Austrian Team at the Girls Team European Championship which took place at GC Kaskada near Brno in Czech Republic. 20 National Squads from all over Europe were competing at this pretty hilly course playing the first 2 days in Stroke Play format for qualification. My game was pretty solid with rounds of +5 and +4, unfortunately I did not sink enough Birdie putts to score better but it was good enough that we as a Team ranked 4th place – playing the third day against Norway, the 5th ranked team after qualification.

 

The tough thing playing in the first flight is – as long as you have a chance to make a medal, the team plays 2 foursomes in the morning and 5 Singles in the afternoon.  The coaches lined me up each day in a foursome and a single and I contributed every day at least one point. First day we played against Norway and I easily won my single 6 and 5 which meant beating them 4:3.

 

In our second match against Spain we won our foursome and I played my single against the low scorer of the first strokeplay day (-6).  It was a very close match but with a great finish (Birdie, Birdie) of the Spanish player, I lost my match 1 down. Unfortunately we lost against Spain 2:5 and played at the final day against the home town team – Czech Republic for the Bronze medal.

 

Again, I played a foursome and a single.  My foursome partner, Kathi Barratta and I remain undefeated and we won 1 up.  My single match was once again against the low scorer (-5) of the second day.  It was also a close match to the end but the deciding point was already made so we didn’t finish the match.  With great team work and excellent support from our coaches, special thanks also to Kathi M supporting me in my golf marathon, Team Austria won the bronze medal!

 

 

My hard work and dedication at school paid off with an excellent report card

 

Even though I missed a lot of days at school, I completed all my homework and studied hard while taking part in golf tournaments.  My hard work and dedication at school paid off and I once again received an excellent report card.  I am looking forward to start at my new school which will allow me to even better integrate my education with my intensive golf training.

 

 

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Win for Continental Team Europe at the 2015 Junior Vagliano Trophy

 

The Vagliano Trophy took place this year at the Malone Golf Course in Belfast, Northern Irland. This competition between Continental Europe and Great Britain/Ireland has a very long tradition (the first tournament was played in 1931), and is since then one of the most important amateur events taking place every two years. Since 2011, there is also a Junior Team made up of the best U16 Players from Europe. I am very proud that I was choosen by the European Golf Association as one of the six players of the Junior Vagiano European Team

The event was very well organized and there were many spectators who came out to watch the 2 day Matchplay competition – playing foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon.  Our Team won the Junior Vagliano Trophy for the third time in a row with 10.5-7.5 in the end after leading 6-3 overnight. It was for sure my best international Team Event I participated in so far and I learned a lot which will definitely help me to reach my future goals in my golf career.  I am excited to train hard and continue to grow my game in order to make the Junior Vagliano Team once again in two years.

 

 

 

 

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Nomination for the Junior Vagliano Trophy representing Team Europe

 

Due to my excellent performance over the past two years, I have been nominated by the European Golf Association (EGA) to particpate in the Junior Vagliano Trophy for the Continental Team Europe.  This competition between Continental Europe and Great Britain/Ireland has a very long tradition (the first tournament was played in 1931), and is since one of the most important amateur events taking place every two years.  Since 2011, there is also a Junior Team made up of the best U16 Players from Europe.  I was chosen due to my top international placements and my Nr. 3 ranking in the European Golf Amateur Ranking (behind No. 1 Agathe Laisne from France and No. 2 Esther Henseleit from Germany for 16 year olds).  I am very excited to take part in this matchplay event held in the last week of June, at GC Malone near Belfast – where I will fight to earn points for Team Europe.

 

 

 

 

Premiere at the German Girls

 

Due to my good HCP (+2,7), I made the start list at one of the best tournaments for U18 in Europe – The German Girls & Boys in St- Leon Rot.  It is fun to play an event with a lot of sponsoring and great give aways.  My golf game was not sharp enough, made a few mistakes from the tee, could not get the ball close enough to the pins and therefore, I did not make enough birdies. With two rounds of +4, I did not make the cut of the best 20 players, for the first time of the season. Nevertheless, it was a great expierence and I am looking forward to next year.

 

 

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Winner at the Irish Women´s Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship

 

At Pentecost weekend I played again in Ireland at the Irish Women Open Strokeplay Championship. The tournament is played over 54 holes whereas on the first day 36 holes have to be played with a cut of the best 40. This years host venue was the beautiful and very difficult  course at GC Dun Loaghaire south of Dublin – next years Curtis cup will be played there. Most of the Irish and English Top Players participated since it was their last chance to qualify for the Vagliano Trophy to be held end of June near Belfast.

 

After a very focused practice round with my father analyzing the course as usual in every detail I began the tournament very good with a -2 under Par in the morning. I hardly missed any Fairways from the tee which was due to the thick rough and well placed bunkers a vital factor to score low. After a 30 minutes break I started my afternoon round scoring another under Par round (-1 under Par). With a total of -3 I shared the lead with the local Niamh McSherry and was looking forward to play in the last flight with a lot of spectators on the final day.

 

The wind picked up over night and made the greens even faster and the tournament director prepared some really challenging pin positions. My game was very solid and with level Par I had one stroke lead until hole 9. Unfortunately from 9 to 12 I had to note some Bogeys on my scorecard and therefore suddenly I fell back by 3 strokes. From there on I again played solid and safe whereas my flighpartner started to have some troubles. On holes 17 and 18 I had good Birdie chances which I did not make and therefore I had to get into a sudden death Playoff with Chloe Ryan who played in front of us and was the leader in the club house. During the afternoon more and more spectators joined our last flight and it was a great atmosphere, when Chloe who I played together at the Wales Ladies Open and I started at Tee 10 our Playoff.

 

Hole 10 is a 327 meters Par 4 played into heavy wind. We both had good Drives placing our balls on the Fairway – my perfect Draw around 10 meters further – leaving us both a rescue to the green. We both missed the green on the right side – having similiar chips over a slope to the pin. I had to putt first from around 3 meters – I sunk the putt – leaving Chloe a 2,5 meters putt under pressure which she missed and  so I got the 2015 Irish Stroke Play Champion. At the ceremony I got to hold the trophy, which had to stay in the country. Like I already said in my speech, I’d like to thank my very friendly flight partners for the exciting and fair game and a great thanks to all Club members and the Irish Ladies Golf Union. Can’t wait to come back next year and try to defend my titel on a Links Course.

 

 

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Nr. 1 (Under 14) in Europe

 

Due to my excellent performance so far this season, I am currently placed No. 1 in the European Ranking for my age Group 14 and under.  Elisabeth Codet from France is in second place (see photo taken at the Spanish Championship) and in third place is Julia Engström from Sweden.  I am looking forward to the next direct competition with the girls – it will definitely be interesting.  The European range list, same as the World Amateur range list, function with the same principle – the stronger the tournament participants – the more points you can earn.  In the 16 & under age group, I am currently in the excellent 4th place.

 

 

 

 

9th Place at the Spanish International Ladies Strokeplay Championship

 

 

The Spanish International Ladies Strokeplay Championship took place on May 8-10  at Torremirona Golf Resort, outside of Barcelona.  It is a beautiful Resort and golf course with excellent practice facilities.  The weather was nice and sunny but there was also a lot of wind which made the conditions more difficult at times.  My game was very solid the first two days with scores of +4 and +2.  After each round, I spent my time working on my short game to get more confidence on the greens. 

 

On the final day, I was very confident with my game and was able to hit 16 GIRs.  Due to my intensive short game training, I adjusted rather quickly to the sometimes tricky pin positions and played an excellent round of -1 for a total score of +5 and the 9th place. 

 

 

 

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The Next Top Placement – 8th at the Welsh Ladies Open Amateur International Championship


At the beginning of May, I played the Welsh Ladies International Open in Southerndown GC and reached, under very difficult conditions, the excellent 8th place.  I was already familiar with the area of Bridgend in Southern Wales due to my win at a junior tournament last year where I played my best finish with eagle, eagle, birdie.  This time, I was competing against many top players from UK and Ireland on a private links course which was grounded in 1905. 

 

In preparation for this special game of golf, one practice round had to suffice and the conditions were tough – strong ocean winds blowing on hard as rock greens and fairways – where you can hardly keep the ball from stopping.  On the first tournament day, as my father and I reached the plateau where the course is located, we realized that the wind was even stronger and blowing this time from land to the ocean.  These conditions made the course from the yellow tees even more difficult and actually it seemed as if we were playing a different course and our notes from the day before were not really usable.

 

The highlight of my first round was my eagle of the 4th hole.  However, on two holes I had problems and was only able to document a +8 on my score card which was however, a good result because all of the ladies had difficulties with the course that day.

 

On the second day, with similiar conditions, I was able to score +6 which meant the 15th place.  On the final day. (the wind again changed directions inland) with sometimes very heavy rainfall, I played a very good round with a score of 74 (+2) and moved myself up to the top 10. 

 

My father as caddy and myself, once again gained some very valuable experience and I will continue to include links course tournaments in my tournament plan.  Links golf can be very brutal but also can be very fun.  Congratulations to Olivia Meahaffey, after winning both the Irish Girls (U18) and the Scottish Ladies, who won her third tournament in a row.  I am looking forward to compete against her again at the Irish Womens Championship.

 

 

 

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Overnight Leader at the Irish Girls

 

 

 

The Irish Girls Under 18 Open Stroke Play Championship took place at Roganstown Golf & Country Club in Swords, Dublin on April 18th & 19th.  Two rounds were played on Day 1 and one round on Day 2.  My first tee time was at 7:30 am from tee 10.  Even though it was windy, I was able to hold on to my score and played two birdies but also four bogies.  After a short lunch break, my second tee time was at 13:00 from tee 1.  My game was very solid with a bogey and a birdie on the front nine and all pars on the back nine.  I felt pretty good for being on the golf course about 12 hours that day. With scores of +2 and Par, I was the overnight leader by two strokes after the first day.

 

On Sunday, I played in the final flight.  There were again windy conditions.  Even though I had played 36 holes of golf the day before, I was feeling really good and confident with my ball contact.  I had some bad luck and my ball twice hit some branches causing a water ball and an out ball.  I played +8 for a total of +10, five strokes off the lead, and placed 10th from a total of 72 players. Olivia Mehaffey won with a total score of +5 in a playoff after a birdie on the second play-off hole against Samantha Fuller.

 

After my rounds on Saturday, I had the pleasure to meet Tara Laverty (see photo), 11 yrs old, from Ireland who came out to watch me play that day.  She follows my Website.  I wish her the best of luck for her next tournament and a successful season!

 

Returning to school, I was very happy to pick up my Math and English tests which again I Aced with scores of 100% & 98%!  After a training camp with the Austrian Girls National Team in Czech Republic in preparation for the Team EM this July, I am looking forward to my next tournament in Wales on a typical links course.

 

 

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9th place with a 70 (-1) round at the French International Junior and Qualification for the Esmond Trophy

Every year for over 30 years at Easter, the Top Amateur Players all over Europe are travelling to Paris to play the International French Girls Championship at GC St. Cloud. The format is the same like at the Spanish Championship. First, two days of strokeplay are played and then the 32 best Ladies play Matchplay against each other to win the Esmond trophy. There is one difference, the age limit in France is 21 but it does not really effect the high class of participants. Most of the European National Federations are sending their strongest players to compete for the Esmond trophy on a very interesting course – especially the Par 3s have very slopey greens on which it is key to hit the right plateau. Paris is for sure a great location and sigthseeing is a must – unfortunately the weather was not very good.

 

After two practice rounds with half-way decent weather conditions, I played, (in the last tee time of the morning group) with terrible weather conditions (a lot of rain and wind) a 75 (+4). My game was very solid as usual – almost no mistakes – but unfortunately no Birdie and therefore, I ranked Nr. 40 after the first tournament day. On the second day I shot with 4 Birdies and 3 Bogeys a -1 round which was a pretty good score considering the bad weather. With this remarkable performance, I moved up to the 9th rank and made easily the cut of the 32 best players out of 132. How tough this tournament is proves, for example, that last years winner, Virginia Elena Carta, missed the cut this year.

 

The matchplay bracket gave me the Nr. 149 player in the World Amatuer Ranking from Spain, Ana Pelaez.  On Hole 1, a long Par 4, I played my only Bogey of the round and I had to very early fight back from being behind. The first Par 5 hole was tied with Birdie. On the next hole, I was able to play Birdie and we were all square. On the 8th hole, a Par 3 with the Eifel Tower in the background (which could not be seen because it was cloudy and raining), Ana holed a 6 meter putt for Birdie. Unfortunately, my putt, from a similiar distance, lipped out. The next holes were tied with Par until Ana made a Birdie putt on the 12th making it 2 Up.  Ana played Par home and I was only able to hole one more Birdie Putt on hole 15 despite the good chances I had on the rest of the holes, and I lost 1 Down.  I am very proud of the result (-2), because you see how strong Ana played in her further matches (she won against Linnea Strom and Olivia Cowan).  Most of all, the praise I received from the Spanish National Trainer regarding my play made me very happy and proud.  Now its time to use the rest of my Easter vacation to learn and train before the next tournament in two weeks in Ireland.

 

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Training Session at the Top Club, St. Leon Rot

 

On mý way to Paris, I stopped for a two day training session at the Golf Club St. Leon Rot – host of the German Girls & Boys and this year, in fall, venue of the Sollheim Cup. The facilities are very impressive and are used intensively by the German Golf Federation. The course is very nice and there are really quite a few interesting holes.

 

 

 

 

 

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15th place at the Italian International Ladies Amateur

 

With scores of 77 (+5), 72 (Par) and 75 (+3) – the fourth round had to be canceled due to rain – I got the 15th place at the International Italian Ladies Amateur in GC Garlenda. I hardly made any mistakes from the tee to green but unfortunately, I did not sink enough Birdie Putts. Maybe my mind was not enough focused on the golf course since I had to learn a lot for school between my golf rounds. After my 27th rank last year, the 15th place is a very good step in the right direction and that is what counts most, to make steady improvements. Now a full week of stressfull school days are in front of me before I am taking off to the French International Championship in Paris – a  very tough tournament with a cut only for the best 32 players and similar format than at the Spanish Championship – I am looking forward to competing against the best players in Europe again.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6th place at the Junior Open in South Africa

 

Because of the long travel time, I actually didn’t have this tournament in my plan this year, but when the Austrian Golf Federation asked me to participate, I quickly changed my mind and decided to make the 24 hour travel time to Cape Town.  Playing a good international tournament is better than practicing in cold temperatures on the range.

 

Supported by National Team Assistant Coach, Daniel, two grils and two boys traveled to Durbanville, South Africa to take part in this 54 hole tournament. Before heading to the course for a practice round, we made a tour to the famous Table Mountains, the beach and shoreline. After a nice opening ceremony, I started the first day of the tournament perfectly, (by stormy winds) with Birdie, Birdie.  The conditions were very difficult but I was able to keep my score under control. The intensive “wind“ training with my Father a few weeks earlier were showing effect.  A score of 74 (+4) gave me the 3rd place after the first round. With this placement, I started the second round very early (with Azelia, eventually the winner – see photo). It was comfortably with almost no wind.  This time, on the 11th hole, a short Par 5, I was able to reach the green with my second shot and sink a 3 meter putt for my first eagle of the season. I played a score of 73 (+1) which put me at the 8th place.  With a further round of 75 (+3) (again with with temperature of 30 grad and a lot of wind), I reached the 6th place – my first top 10 placement of the season.

 

Now its time to make the best out of the long trip home, hit the school books for two days and then on to “Bella Italia“ for the International Ladies Amateur Championship.

 

 

 

 


 

13th place with a 69 at the Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship and Matchplay against the World No. 3

 

After an intensive week of training, we drove well prepared to Sevilla to the Copa S.M. La Reina – a tournament which is played since 1911.  It’s actually already a great accomplishment that I qualified for this tournament – especially only with my 14 years (together with a French girl, the younget of the tournament). Many European Golf Federations send teams to this tournament (unfortunately, not the Austrian Federation).

 

First, two days of strokeplay are played and then the 32 best ladies play matchplay against each other. With an unlucky late starting time on the first day, and not so perfect greens any more, I brought my 77 (+5) with a good game home. I played two birdies but still had a few good chances but I couldn’t use them. With that score, I was about three strokes away from the cut. My Goal for the second day was par or under par. I started over-motivated into the second round on tee 10 and played straight away a double bogey. But after that my game was running perfectly and I made five birdies. On the last five holes, I just tried to bring my great score home and did not risk anything to for sure finish with the best score of the day 69 (-3) and easily made as 13th the cut.

 

The Matchplay bracket gave me the defending Champion, Linnea Strom from Sweden – who is No. 3 in the World Amateur Ranking. I started very good into my match and won the second hole (11th). On the next hole, a par 5, my approach shot was in a better position but unfortunately, I didn’t make the birdie. Suddenly, Linnea played two consecutive birdies on the next two holes and I was 1 down but I was able to fight back to A/S until the eighth hole. On our 9th hole, Linnea played a birdie – putting her at 1 up – which the best European amateur held until the 13th hole – which I won to bring the match back to A/S. The 14th and 15th holes were tied – our 16th hole we almost played the same except that her birdie putt from 4 meters fell and mine didn’t. Hole 17 was tied with par and on the last hole I had again a good birdie chance from 5 meters unfortunately, it was close but didn’t make it.

 

It was a great experience and very enjoyable for me – I can’t wait until next year. Unfortunately without Linnea because she’s studying at Arizona State. By the way, she again made the final this year but lost against Olivia Cowan. The days in Spain were very exhausting but also very successful. Now, I first have to get caught up in school and then I am playing another tournament in South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Private Training Camp in Southern Spain

 

After I picked up my great half-term report card and a short swing check with Fred Magnusson, my dad and me flew to Sotogrande to start with a week of intensive training. This Location was chosen for a few reasons – perfect weather with a lot of wind, the Nations Cup (unfortunately I was not nominated by the Austrian Golf Federation) took place near by and it was close to Sevilla (the City where my next tournament takes place).

 

In the morning, I worked on the range and on my short game. In the afternoon, we usually played 9 holes on the course. Especially the afternoon practice was awesome because we were alone on the course and could work on all thinkable shots – often we were 5 to 6 hours on the course just before it got dark. Besides this, I also worked on my Fitness. At the end of the week we watched the last flight of the ladies at the Nations Cup on a course very close to us.

 

This week was really great and I feel well prepared for my next tournament, the Spanish Championships – where also many players from the Nations Cup will play.

 

 

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Cut in Portugal and an Excellent Start in the New Golf Season

 

Like a lot of European top amateurs, I started my 2015 golf season (same as last year) at the 85th Ladies Amateur Open in Portugal. It used to be a Categorie B tournament of the Wolrd Amateur Golf Ranking. Due to the top players this year, it was upgraded to Cat A. After starting with a bogey with very windy conditions, I quickly got into my game and made my first birdie on the 3rd hole. After 9 holes, I was +1, with another bogey at the 10th and then 8 consecutive pars, my score after the first day, was 2 over par which meant 7th place from 90 top players (National teams of Germany, Italy, France and Spain).

 

The second day, I again played solid golf with 16 GIRs, unfortunately my putting was a bit rusty and I had a few lip out birdie putts. Nevertheless, I played again +2 and ranked at the 19th place only 2 strokes away from a top 10 placement.

 

 

On the third day, I played with Virgina Elena Carta, the highest ranked Italian player in the WAGR (she plays for Duke University next fall and has won quite a lot in 2014). It was a great expierence to play with Virginia and we ended our round with almost the same successful birdie putt at the 18th hole. My game was again very stable and solid and with another score of 74, I was placed at the 17th rank. With this score, I easily reached my goal for this tournament – making the cut of the 40 best players.

 

At the final day the wind was blowing even more over Golf Course Montado. I still had perfect tee shots but started to loose accuracy with my approach shots (9 GIR), scoring +7 for the day and with a total score of 13 over par, I ended at the excellent 22nd place on the leaderboard. My start in the 2015 golf season was a great success and I will gather important points in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). That placement accounts for around the same points that I got for my Austrian Matchplay Championship title last fall. I am looking forward to my next tournament – the International Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship at the end of February. Before it, my father and I will have an intensive training week with for sure perfect weather conditons under the sun of Costa del Sole.

 

 

 

 

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Preparation for the 2015 Golf Season

 

After my longly planned operation on both of my big toes, I took about a 4 week break before I started with my training again in December. Due to the mild climate in the area where I now live, I was able to play outside on a course until Christmas. I focused on my wedge game, practicing either at the Golf HAK stadium (the practice area of the school I will attend starting next fall) or on certain holes of the GC Golfschaukel. Besides that, I am working out on a regular basis in a fitness club to improve my physical condition and to be ready for a great but also very tough golf season.

 

After the Christmas holidays we got some snow so I moved my golf training for 6 days to Italy at the Ligurian coast. I had perfect conditions there and I was able to play a few rounds on nice courses supported by my parents and a new observer/supporter of my golf game – BUNKER – our new dog. In January, I worked together with my swing coach Fredrik on my technique to be well prepared for my first tournament in Portugal at the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Season Review 2014

 

The 2014 season was almost perfect with many highlights, some great scores and super experiences.  I am very proud of my achievements this season, but I am also aware that any further achievements will only be reached with hard and consequent training.  My thoughts about the 2014 season are summarized as follows:

 

 

Rankings:

 

My goal was certainly as soon as possible to join the “World Amateur Rankings” which was possible with my top placement at the Junior Open in England this last July.  Through my excellent placements at international tournaments this past season, I was able to continuously improve my ranking and at the end of the 2014 season, I reached around 930 placement.  Of course, I have already formulated my goal for the World Amateur Ranking in 2015.  Although the Austrian Range List now loses more and more importance, I am of course proud that I played an important role here this season.  In the age groups 14 and under and 16 and under, I am the number 1 ranked player.  In the 18 and under range list, I am ranked number 3 and in the 21 and under and Ladies range list, I am ranked number 2.

 

Handicap:

 

Since at top international tournaments, in addition to the World Amateur Ranking, also the HCP plays a roll whether or not a player can start in a tournament, it is naturally very important to continuously improve my HCP.  I started the season with -1.5 and after many tournament rounds I ended with a +1.8 HCP.  This improvement within the season is for me a huge achievement, especially having reached a plus handicap as a 13 year old.  I definitely over achieved my season goal in this area.

 

 

National vs International Tournaments:

 

The 2014 golf season was the first where I definitely played more international tournaments as national.  This is unfortunately necessary due to the lack of top tournaments in Austria. I especially find it disappointing that there is not a Top international junior tournament played here. Also the three Austrian Ladies tournaments (National Open, International and Matchplay) are categorized very weak in the World Ranking and for this reason, next year, I will also mainly play abroad.

 

National:

 

At all of the tournaments played in Austria this season, I reached a placement on the podium.  The biggest success was for sure my State Championship Titel – as the youngest ever in Austria (and my 4th State Champion Title) – at the Ladies Matchplay in October.  Also, my 3rd places at the National Open Championship and the International Ladies Amateur Championship.  Further titles included the Lower Austria Ladies Championship and the Carinthia Ladies Championship.  The only junior tournament (in my age group 14 and under), I played in Austria, I won impressively with a 12 stroke lead after 54 holes.

 

International:

 

This season, I played a mixture of top junior tournaments and ladies amateur championships in the following countries: Portugal, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Italy, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Belgium and the USA.  The highlights were definitely my victory in Wales at the Faldo Championship, which I captured with a sensational finish (Eagle, Eagle, Birdie) and 2nd place both in Northern Ireland and Hungary.  My 6th place at the Junior Open and the 10th place at the Girls Team EM are also worth mentioning.

 

Team Events:

 

In 2014, I played for the first time as the youngest girl on the Austrian Team, the European Championship in Slovakia where we reached the 8th place.  At the European Young Masters and the Evian Young Masters, I reached, with the team, the 10th place.  At club level, I reached with my Golf Club Föhrenwald Ladies Team the Bronze Medal in the first division.  I was able to contribute 2.5 from 3 possible points.

 

 

Special Experiences:

 

I had a very special experience visiting “The Open” in Royal Liverpool where I especially watched Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth play up close.  Unforgetable is also my visit to the Evian Masters where I especially watched and followed for 18 holes, Lexi Thompson and I was even able to make a photo with my idol.  A further special experience was my trip to the Faldo Series Final in Greenbrier, USA where I was able to meet Sir Nick Faldo and I got to play a PGA tour course.  Besides the many top courses at the many tournaments I played this season, I especially remember the round I played in Celtic Manor on the Ryder Cup 2010 course.

 

 

Thanks:

 

Without the support of a strong team, all of these achievements and success would not have been possible and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved.  Due to the excellent work with my swing trainer, Fred Magnusson, my technique continuously improved.  I would also like to thank the other trainers and support persons who were helpful with tips during the season.  Further, I would like to thank my club, Golf Club Föhrenwald, with the best junior golf progam in Austria, for their support.  Unfortunately due to my intensive travel during the season, I am not able to play the course as often as I would like.  Thanks also goes to the Lower Austria Team for which, despite my membership on the Austrian National Team, allows me to participate in trainings.  Naturally, I would like to thank the Austrian Golf Association for my nominations to the Junior Open, Girls Team EM, European Young Masters and Evian Junior Masters.  Last but not least, a special thanks goes to my parents who are fully dedicated to my golf career and support me with a great deal of time and money so that I can achieve my long term goals.

 

 

Future:

 

Now it is time for a well deserved break for regeneration.  I also had an operation on both big toes so that next year I can play without any pain (especially at the longer tournaments, the situation was not optimal).  As of mid-December intensive preparation begins for the coming season.  Through my school and place of living changes, I am also convinced that I will have even better training possibilities.  The tournament calendar for 2015 is almost complete and it includes again a few highlights that I already am very excited about!

 

 

 

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Faldo Series Grand Final – USA

 

Due to my excellent performance at two tournaments in Wales and North Ireland this spring, I qualified for the Faldo Series Final in Greenbrier USA which took place at the end of October.  Most of the participants met in London and we flew together to Washington.  After a five hour bus ride we arrived in Greenbrier Resort.  Each year the Greenbrier Classic, a PGA Tour event takes place on this same course – a top course, in top condition.  Too bad my golf game was not top.  I was only able to play to my best potential on one day with a round of 75 (+5) and reached as the youngest participant, a position in the middle field.  The highlight of course was meeting Sir Nick Faldo, who was there the whole week and gave us a few helpful tips.

 

 

 

 


Player of the Year in GC Föhrenwald

 

At the closing event of GC Föhrenwald’s Junior Team in mid October, again like last year, I was named Player of the Year. This year the trophy was shared between my club mate Leonie and me – we both had a very good season which is also shown in our position in the Austrian Ladies ranking where we are N1 and N2. I want to thank all the people including the sponsors of GC Föhrenwald for their support. It makes me proud and happy to represent the club all over the world.

 


 

Youngest Austrian Matchplay Champion

 

In the beginning of October, the Austrian Matchplay Championship at GC Salzkammergut took place. In this tournament, 32 men and 16 women compete for the title. Due to the fact that I am ranked Nr. 2 in the overall Ladies ranking, I did not have to play the first day. Since I suffered from a cold, it was fine with me to have an additional day to rest. I also used it for training on the range and specially some hours on the practice green.

 

In the morning of the second day. I started very well with a birdie in my first match.  After 5 holes, I was 4 up with a score of 3 under Par. My daily practice in the last weeks obviously showed the first results – I played the way I wanted to play – perfect tee shots, precise approaches and making some birdie putts.  I played very well and the match was over after hole Nr. 12 with 6 up 7 to go.  In the afternoon, I had to play the next match.  This time, I totally screwed up the start and was 3 down after 3 holes so I had to fight and with a birdie on Nr. 7, I got to 2 down.  I won another hole on 14 and was 1 down until the 18th.  So I had to win the final hole which I managed and on the first extra hole, I was able to win the match against last year’s Vice Champion.

 

The next day, I played the Final and had again not a good start with being 2 down after 2 holes.  At the 12th hole, I had managed to even out the match.  Holes 13, 14, and 15 were tied and holes 16 and 17 went in my favour.  I won the match 2 up with 1 hole left to play.  After my 3 State Championship titles in the age groups U10 and U12, this is my first title at the Ladies level.  In all my matches (6, against renowned players) on Austrian soil in 2014, I remain undefeated.

 

 

 


Young Champions Award

Once a year the province of Lower Austria, where my home club Föhrenwald is located awards all the State Champions in the various categories of sport. Since I won the State Championship in my age group last year with a 24 stroke lead, I was invited to that ceremony. Together with all other Young Champions, I was honoured during a very entertaining evening. Due to my busy international schedule this year, I was not able to participate in any of the State Championships in my age goup. But I find it more important to gain international experience – that will help me to reach my long term goals.

 


11th Place at the Evian Junior Masters and 10th Place with the Team

 

After ecxiting days at the LPGA event and a solid practice round on Monday I started very motivated in the tournament. It´s a tournament where over 70 of the best U14 girls & boys all over the world are playing. After terrible weather last year – this year we had sunshine and almost perfect conditions. The first round I got paired up with an Italian and American girl. I shot a 71 (-1) with 1 eagle, 2 birdies and 3 bogeys. I played solid from tee to green had a few other good birdie chances and was tied for 5th after the first day only 3 strokes behind the lead. The final day I played with a Japenese and a Czech girl. Unfortunately at the front nine I played too many bogeys and only 2 birdies – one of it at hole 16th a beautiful Par 3. Unfortunately I missed a short birdie putt on 18 and ended up playing 76 (+4). My flight partner from Japan Rio Ishii really got in a flow and shot a 66 (-6) and won the tournament. For me it was a great experience to play with the winner. With my score I placed tied for 11th from 37 U14 girls – by far the best ranking of the Austrian team and I am looking forward to play at Evian next year when I am 14 and bring me hopefully in contention.

 

 

 

Watching my idol Lexi at the 5th Major of the year in Evian, France

 

All kids who are playing the Evian Juniors Cup get tickets to watch the 5th Major which takes place just before on the same tough course in Evian (a small village overlooking the lake Geneva and famous for the mineral water). Sunday morning me and my team with our coach Shirin first drove to the Academy to watch the Top Ladies in the world to get ready for the final round. So I could see Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis and Hy Joo Kim how they warm up on the range on an important final day. The day before I already watched Lexi playing 4 holes and collected autographs in my selfdesigned autograph book. Now it was time to get a picture with her. So after Lexi was done on the range I went up to her and asked for a picture together. She was very friendly and I got a nice one. After the time observing her at the range I followed her to the first tee to see my idol playing all 18 holes of the final round at the 2014 Evian Championship. It was a great experience to watch her and to see how she plays the different holes – especially with her length because Lexi is one of the longhitters on the LPGA. Unfortunately she did not win the tournament but placed Top 10 – when Lexi was done I watched the final flight seeing the 19 year old Kim winning by one stroke with a great Birdie on 18th hole over the 39 year old Webb. It was for sure one of the best days in my Golf life and I am convinced it will also help my game in the future. I was looking forward to the next day when we young players could play our practice round on the same course, same set up with tough pin positions.

 

 

 


Making the Cut and 24th place at the Total International Belgium Juniors Open (U18)

 

The last week of August, I played the Total International Belgium Juniors Open at the Royal Golf club of Belgium just outside of Brüssels. It is an over 100 year old private club in a hilly, beautiful parkland environment with huge old trees and very tough holes. The tournament plays 72 holes with a cut for the best 36 girls and boys after 54 holes – with many international participants – most of them I already know from 17 nations.

 

Due to the terrible weather (it poured cats and dogs), the practice round had to be cancelled. At least we were allowed to walk the course, set the strategy for every hole and fill the birdiebook with important information. Unfortunately the first day, I played 79 (+7) with only one birdie at hole 16. I had quite a few good chances which I missed. Since the course was soaked with water we played with preferred lies (all 4 days) and a few holes were therefore pretty long and you really had to fight for Par. Day 2 and 3 with scores of +5 and +6 have been similar to day 1.  However, on the third day a better score was easily possible with +2 after 14 holes. Nevertheless, I made the cut as one of the youngest players of the whole tournament, starting highly motivated from place 31 in the final day.

 

The final day started very good with a birdie on the 1st hole, but then a double bogey on the 2nd hole, followed by 7 very solid pars (with a few very close birdie puts that didn’t fall) leaving me with a score of +1 after 9.  After a few more extra strokes on the 10, 12 and 16th holes, finally another birdie put fell from about 5 meters on the 18th putting my score at 75 (+3).  With this final round score, under very tough weather conditions, I moved myself up to the 24th place.  Actually, my game was the whole week very solid and there was not much missing for a top 10 placement.  This is my goal for next year at this excellent junior tournament.  It is too bad that Austria does not have a similar tournament for juniors.

 

 

 


2nd place at the Hungarian Amateur Open Golf Championship, Royal Balaton Golf & Yacht Club

 

On August 22 -24, I played the Hungarian Amateur Open at Royal Balaton Golf Club in Hungary.  During the practice days before the tournament, it rained heavily and the course was soaked with water, especially the bunkers and even some fairways were under water.  The greenkeepers worked very hard all day to the get the course in good condition for play.  I started off pretty solid into the tournament but was not able to use the birdie chances I had.  A few mistakes came on some tough holes – like #13, a par 4, dogleg to the right with a small green surrounded ¾ by a biotop – which meant some bogies on my scorecard.  With a score of 6 over par, I was placed 2nd in the field.  The 2nd day didn’t go much better and I played 8 over with a triple and a double bogey.  I was only able to make one birdie. The final day started after a 2 hour delay because of 150 milileters of rain that morning.  The course again was very wet and some fairways again turned into small lakes.  The game went on with sunshine but very windy conditions.  With tough weather conditions, my tee shots were better but the putts just didn’t want to fall.  I came in with a score of 12 over par.  Because this is a tough course and the conditions were difficult, many players also had problems.  At the end of the day, I reached 2nd place, defeated only by Cisi Rozsa, who is a member at the club.  Even though this course is in my opinion tough, if it fits in my tournament schedule next year, I will return and try my best to defeat it (especially hole #13)!

 

 

 

 

 


3rd place with the Ladies team of GC Föhrenwald at the Austrian Team Championship

 

Due to our advancement last season we played for the first time in the first division of the Austrian Team Championship. This year the tournament took place at GC Freiberg where the best 8 Club Teams of Austria competed in Matchplay format.

In the first round our team consisting of 6 Girls/Women played against the Vice Champion of last year – GC Gutenhof. I played a single against an US-College player and won my match at the 17. hole. With that point we won 3:2 and had to play the next day against the Team of Achau to qualify for the final. My father who is non playing captain of the team put me again to play a single. This time again competing against the player with the lowest HCP also playing in the USA for a College. The match was very tight and exciting – until the 15th hole I was 2 down but could win 16 and 17 to be All Square at the 18th hole. Unfortunately we did not finish and halved our match due to the fact that the other team had already made the decisive 3rd point. Missing the final we had to play against Murstätten to be on the podium as 3rd or not. The draw put me again playing a single against a US-College player with a much better HCP than me. My match was at the beginning very tight but at the end I won 3/2 on the 16th hole and got another point for the Team and since we won another 2 matches we got 3 rd place and the Bronze medal.

My summary of the tournmanent – I played very good matches against tough competitors, contributed 2,5 points out of 3 to the team result and gained a lot of important expierence in Match play. After very intense weeks I scheduled a break with no tournament next weekend to get ready for the next challenges in Hungary, Belgium and one of my season highlight at the Evian Junior Masters in France.

 

 

 

 


Great Success with a 3rd place at the Austrian Ladies Amateur Championships at Golf Club Dachstein Tauern

First week of August I was heading to the beautiful area of Schladming (in winter a famous ski area) to get ready for the Austrian Ladies Amateur Championships. The tournament was a three day tournament with a cut for the best 21 player after the second day and it is for sure the best tournament in Austria you can play as an amateur. There were 42 competitors from Austria, Italy, Slovakia and Switzerland a lot of them with plus HCPs. Last years winner was Virginia Elena Carta from Italy who is going to play the Junior Ryder Cup this year and will be a player of Duke university in fall 2015.

On the first day I was -2 after 11, but played on the next 4 holes 3 bogeys which brought me to +1 after 15. I really wanted to play some more birdies so on 17, I hit my 5 iron three meters to the pin and made the putt for Birdie. The 18th, a short par 5 with water around the greeen I hit my Pitching wedge 2.5 meters to the pin and made the putt for Birdie again. This good finish and the score of 70 put me right in the Top 5 just 2 strokes behind the leaders.

The second day I started again very good, I was -2 after 3 holes, unfortunately missed a 2,5 meter putt for Birdie on the 4th hole and played 3 bogeys on the next 5 holes, so I was +1 after nine. On the second nine I played two more birdies but also 3 more bogeys which got me to +2 after 18 holes. After 2 days I was tied for 3rd and played in the last flight on the  final day.

The third day I started with a double-bogey, my first one in this week and I was laying +3 after 3 holes. The next hole accompanied by the Austrian Nationwide TV station I birdied, then made a great par-save and birdied the 16th (my 7th hole). After nine I was +1 but straight away birdied the next par 5, to bring me back to level par. Unfortunately I could not sink any additional Birdie putts and so I played PAR. Considering the good players participating in that tournament I am very happy with my performance and the 3rd place just 1 stroke behind the second place and 4 strokes behind the winner from Italy, the 21 year old Laura Lonardi. Looking forward to my next event , which will be a team event playing with the Ladies of my Club Föhrenwald for the Austrian Team Title.

 

 

 

 


25th Place at European Young Masters in Hamburg, Germany

Every year one of the best tournament in July is the European Young Masters. Two girls and two boys at the age 16 & under got sent there from 20 different European Nations playing a 54 holes event with no cut. With almost no regeneration days I flew with another girl from Vienna to Hamburg where this tournament took place this year. There we meet the 2 Austrian boys and the Austrian National Assistant coach Daniel. The same day we played a practice round at the Hamburger Golf Club Falkenstein. The course reminded me a little bit on Pinehurst I played the last 4 years every summer a big tournament.- hilly, with a lot of elevated greens.

On the first day I played too many bogeys and not enough birdies. After my 14th hole there was a 3 and a half hour delay duo to thunderstroms and on my 15th hole, the first hole after resumming play I made my 1st and only birdie of the day which brought home a +7. I wasn’t very pleased with that result but I hade another two days to do it better. The second day was a lot better I hit 11 greens, 30 putts, made still only 2 birdies but I hade a lot more makable birdie chances than on the first day and played +2. The last day I started with a birdie but I unfortunately my putting was weak, hit 13 greens in regulation and had 3 birdies. I ended up playing +5 which I wasn’t happy with because I hade so many birdie chances which I did not make. I finished 25th and it was a good experiance and I definitly know what to work on to improve my game to play better next year and at the upcoming tournaments.

 

 

 

 


Watching THE OPEN at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Traditionally the Junior Open is played in the same week in July as THE OPEN and at a nearby course. All competitors are invited to attend this oldest tournament after conclsuion of their own event.

 

So at 9 a.m three big busses left the University we all slept at and drove about 45 minutes to Hoylake where the 143rd British Open took place. Already a few days before I made a plan who I would want to go watch and at what time. As I got there I walked towards the 7th hole and started watching Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcilroy. I walked with them about 10 more holes until it was 14:05 because at that time Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson teed off so of course I went and watch my favourite Player Phil Mickelson. Unfortunately I could only watch 10 holes because I had to get back to the meeting-point for the busses back home.

 

This tournament was a great experiance and a lot of fun and on Friday we flew back to Vienna but already on Tuesday the coming week I will be flying to Hamburg, Germany for the European Young Masters.

 

 

 

 

 


Tied for 6th at The Junior Open U16 in England

On Sunday early in the morning, right after the Girls Team Championships I flew with a National Team Coach and another boy to The Junior Open for under 16 year-olds. It took place at Westlancashire Golf Club in Liverpool one of the oldest Golf Club in England a typical Links Golf Course with many pot-bunkers and long, thick grass beside the fairway. The tournament was a three day tournament with a cut after 2 days. One girl and one boy from over 60 Nations took part and even Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer and Sergio Garcia once played this tournament.

On the first day I played with a boy in a twosome by windy conditions. I played +4 and was actually very happy with that because in Links Golf you have to think more and be very creative. The second day was a bit tough for me, I started with bogey and on the fourth hole I played a triple-bogey because I hit my tee-shot into the long grass and had some difficulties. I ended up playing +7 and for sure made the cut so I hade another day to move up in the ranking. The third day was rainy, windy and sunny typical English weather. I played +3 in tough conditions and was very happy with that result. I got tied for 6th place in the girls ranking and tied for 12th in the girls and boys ranking. This result brought me for the first time into World Amateur Ranking – I was close to achieve that goal for the last months and finally I reached one of my major goal of the season.  I am very proud of my result in that top tournament, because it was a tough course, I was one of the youngest player and I had not time for real recreation after the Girls Team Championship.  I really liked that trip because I got more experience playing against the world´s best, it was very good organised and it made me proud representing Austria as one of the best young player.

 

 

 

 


 

TOP 10 Result at the European Girls Team Championships (U18) at GC Skalica, Slovakia

 

Based on my achievements the last few months, I was nominated to play for the Girls Team Championships (U18) which were held from 8 -12 July at Golfresort Skalica about 1.5 hours by car from Vienna. After a few days of preparation we, a team of six girls from Austria, started pretty good into the tournament and were placed 4th from 21 Nations after the 1st day of stroke play rounds. The 2nd day was clearly the ‘’Austrian-Day’’ where 4 of us scored in the red digits so we placed 2nd and made it easily into the 1st flight. On both days my game was very solid and with scores of +1 and -1, I accomplished a great position of tied for 10th Place in the individual ranking from 126 girls. The individual ranking was won by my Team colleague, Lea Zeitler who also made a new course record with a score of -7.

 

With Chances of a medal, our first opponents in Matchplay were the very routinated Italien Team. The girls from our southern neighbor country played with all their experience and defeated us 6:1. I played a single and kept my match just before the end open (until the 9th hole I was even 1 up) but I still had to get beaten. As we were playing for 5th place we got the Spanish Team for our next opponents. I started again in the last single from our team and was until the 17th hole 1 up. Unfortunately my match got halved due to thunderstorms because we had already lost 4 matches. My performance got praised by the Spanish Coach. On the last day we played against the Netherlands for Place 7. As the jungest on our team, I played again in the last single. On hole 15 my opponent was 2 up and it was 2:2 – which meant that my match would make the decision. With a birdie on 15 and a par on 16, I got the match back to all square. The 17th,18th and the first extra hole was halved. On the second extra hole my opponent from the Netherlands made a really good green-approach and played an ‘’easy birdie’’, unfortunately she defeated me, so we reached the 8th Place. The French Team got European Champion.

 

For me it was a great week with some ‘’awesome experiances’’ and I’m very happy that I already got to play this tournament with 13 years. In my matches, I often played against 18 year olds but even though, I still kept them very exiting and there wasn’t a lot missing to be ahead in the 1st flight.

I’d like to say ‘’Thanks’’ to the coaches Shirin and Marie and the other girls – I can’t wait until next year. After the Closing Ceramony, where I got to walk in with the Austrian sign, I was quickly back on my way to Vienna to fly on the next day at 7 a.m in the morning to England to the Junior Open in Liverpool.

 

 

 

 

 


Last Day of School and anticipation of a ‘’Dreamsummer’’

 

In spite of my many missing school hours (Absence at International Tournaments) I was still able to show my parents an excellent report-card. This was my last year in Sacre Coeur and I’d like to thank all of those people in the school who had understanding in my passion for golf. Because of my School and place of residence change I can do a easier and more intensive golf training – this should give me the chance to improve my game. Now I can’t wait for the summer to come which starts with a few highlights like Girls Team Championships in Slovakia, Junior Open in England with subsequent visit at the British Open and European Young Masters in Germany.

 


Missed Cut at the Sir Henry Coopers Juniors Masters – Additional Practice Day in Links Golf

 

The Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters is a top tournament for girls and boys to the age of 18 and gets played each year at Golf Club Hazle which is south of London. The special thing about this tournament is that beside the 135 boys only 25 girls get chosen, but after 2 days is a Cut where 10 girls can play on Sunday an additional 36 holes. The course is a hilly Park Course with a few strategic holes which are not that easy to play. After only one Practce Round I started very motivated but also a little tired – the last weeks I played a lot – into the tournament. Unfortunately I made several mistakes from the Tee, especially on hole 6 (a middle long Par 5) where I wrote on both days a double bogey and missed the cut with scores of +7 and +4. I wasn’t really disappointed and used this ‘’free’’ day for an intensive Trainig Round on a Links – Course – Classic the West Lancashire Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in England in the Docks of Liverpool. This year the Junior Open, where I got sent to from the Austrian Golf Association is played there before the British Open. This time I had the course with little wind pretty much under-control – we will see if it will be mid July also this way. Anyway I’m very proud of this opportunity to compete against top 16 year olds from 75 countries of the world with only my 13 years.

 

 

 

 


3rd place at the National Open at Golf Club Mondsee

 

After my successful debut last year at this championship (6th place), a top 5 placement was my goal for this year. Because I’ve never played this course before we planned a longer preparation time to play this very nice and selective course – three times before the tournament. Even with this preparation,  I didn’t start very good with +8 (80) into the tournament. I had a few problems from the tee and therefore I had to take a few loss shots and was with this score pretty much in the middle field. After a few hours on the range, I stabilized my swing and made with a +3 on the 2nd day the cut of 18 players easily. On the moving day, I played again a 75 and was with that in the top 10. With my +2 on the final day, I still made it on the podium and got another medal of the Austrian Golf Association. The most important conclusion is that in a 72 hole tournament I improved each day and even though I’m only 13, I could hold up mentally and conditionally. I also thank the trainers who were present for one or another tip during my training sessions. Leonie, my club colleague and National Team player, who played 4 days very good – won the tournament. I’m happy for her especially because we are playing at the European Team Championship and Team State Championship together.

 

 

 

 


Runner up at the Vienna Championship

 

On the oldest golf course of Austria, the Golf Club Wien-Freudenau traditionally end of May the Vienna Championship took place. At tough weather conditions especially on the first two days, I reached the 2nd place in this 72 hole tournament. I was pretty satisfied with my accomplishment on the 1st and the last day – unfortunately the 2nd and 3rd day didn’t go as smoothly but how is it called so nicely – Golf is NOT a game of perfect!

 


Two Champion Titles within one week

 

The last two weekends, I played the International Championships of Carínthia and Lower Austria. I won first place at both tournaments. The International Championship of Carinthia, over 36 holes, took place at the beautiful Golf Course Dellach. On the final day, I was able to insure the lead with a birdie on the 17th hole and win the tournament by 2 strokes.

 

The Lower Austria Championship was held at Golf Club Himberg. I was very pleased with my game on the first day. Unfortunately, I could not make a lot of the birdie chances I had that day. Nevertheless, after the first day, I had a 3 stroke lead. The second round began slowly with Par and Bogeys. However, with a strong finish including two birdies on holes 16 and 18, I won the Lower Austria Ladies Championship by 4 strokes.

 

 

 

 


Overwhelming victory at the Austrian Junior Tour, GC Längsee

Over the last few months, I played very successful outside of Austria (Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Wales). At the beginning of May, it was now time to play my first tournament of the season in Austria at GC Längsee. It was a three day tournament with the possibility to collect Austrian ranking points. In the first round, I scored 70 (2 under Par) with really good conditions including perfect fast greens. I took the lead in my age group U14 by 10 strokes after the first day.  At the moment, my game is very solid. I am confident at the tee box, my approach shots are precise to the green and my putting performance has definitely improved. On the second day, the wind picked up quite heavily and I played +2 which meant even Par for the tournament. During the third round, it was so windy that play was delayed for one hour. After play resumed, still with windy conditions, I brought home a score of +9 and I won the tournament with a 12 stroke lead in my age group (U14). I also shot the best score of all participating girls.

 

 

 

 


1st Place at the Faldo Championship in Wales (U16) by playing 5 under Par on the last 3 holes

 

Although, a few weeks ago, I already qualified at a tournament in Ireland for the Final of the Faldo Series this fall in the USA, I played the Faldo Championship in Wales on a Links course.  The location was Pyle & Kenfig Golf Course directly on the Coast of Wales.  After two practice rounds where I tried my best to perfect my game for “Links” golf, I started off with a super Par round and had a 3 stroke lead after the first day.  On the second day, I experienced how brutal Links golf can be.  On 6 fairways, after my tee box shot, I found myself in deep pot bunkers.  Even though I Eagled hole number 2, I was 4 strokes behind the leading English U16 girl after 36 holes.  The 3rd round, with typical British weather (cold, windy, and sometimes pouring rain), I experienced something I will not forget quickly.  With a fantastic finish – I played the two Par 5 holes 16 and 17 each with an Eagle and birdied the 18th hole.  I won the tournament with a +1 Par round and a 2 stroke lead.  This tournament was a super experience and what I am very proud of is that within a few days, I played 4 Eagles.  The shorter Par 5 holes are getting more and more reachable in 2 strokes for me, allowing really good Eagle chances.

 

 

 

 


Playing the Ryder Cup course in Celtic Manor Resort

 

Four years ago, the Ryder Cup took place in Wales for the first time on the 2010 Course of Celtic Manor Resort not far away from Cardiff where the Europeans defeated the Americans. The whole resort consists of three 18 hole courses and they even built a new club house for the 2010 course. There you will find memories of the great experience – many pictures, players name tags on their lockers, etc.  The course is in great condition and most holes offer both a safe or risky form of play.  I will especially remember the last few wholes which were built very spectacular into the landscape.  My birdie on the 18th was a super way to finish a great day of golf that ended with the handover of a personalized bag tag on the 18th green.

 

 

 


 

Great success in Ireland – Runner up at the Faldo Championship and 16th place at the Irish Girls U18  Open Strokeplay Championship

 

Faldo Ireland Championship

 

At the beginning of April, Ireland was on my tournament schedule. Instead of going on a ski trip with my class (with already spring weather conditions) or just hitting balls on a range, I travelled with my father to Ireland to play two tournaments in one week. I started with the Faldo Ireland Championship at Lough Erne Golf Course. The course was designed by Nick Faldo and is one of the nicest courses I have ever played in my life. There are holes where you lose your breath on the tee box. The course is so beautiful but also very tough and it’s a “Must Play”. Northern Ireland is of course also “ Rory’s” country – the clubhouse is full with pictures of him and he also owns a house (No. 11) on the golf course. On hole 7 there is a sign because he was the first person to reach that downhill Par 4 with his drive. The flight division was really great – because I have already reached HCP – 0.5, I played in the top girls flight with Olivia Mehaffey who is for sure one of the best 16 year old golfers in Europe and has already some European Ladies Tour experience. I started my round perfectly with birdie on the 1st hole and during the whole round I was in the red figures. 4 birdies and 2 bogeys made, after the 18th, 2 under par. My first under – par round of the 2014 season and in contention by the girls – 2 strokes ahead of Olivia Mehaffey after the 1st round.

On the second day, the Irish weather showed us what it’s famous and notorious for – down pour rain with gale-force winds. Although, I started good into the 2nd round and after 10 holes, I was +2 for the day – 3 strokes ahead of Olivia – perfect in the race. My two bogeys on 11 and 12 enabled Olivia with par and birdie to compensate. On 13, she played a birdie and although I played a super Up & Down, I was one stroke behind her. On 17, it got really exciting – I could have compensated with a par, which failed – the putt didn’t fall. On the 18th hole, she finished the exciting competition with a birdie. I am very proud of myself that under very tough conditions, playing 6 hours in constant rain, I was able to keep up and completed the tournament with a total score of +5 over Par. The second place by the Girls U21 means for me an invitation to the big final of the Faldo Series this fall in the USA, where I will for sure get to meet Sir Nick Faldo personally. After the prize ceremony we drove, dog–tired, to the next tournament venue at Golf Club Roganstown near Dublin where I finally dried off and regenerated for one day.

 

 

Irish Girls U18 Open Strokeplay Championship

 

As part of my plan, this tournament was chosen as a real test since we played 36 holes strokeplay on the first day. The best 50 play on the second day an additional 18 holes for the title. A lot of players from Great Britain but also a delegation of Germany and Sweden players participated in the tournament. In the practice round, I actually handled the course pretty well. The morning tournament round was extremely successful because I was able to note the 72 (+1) on my scorecard – a round in the red area would have certainly been possible – since I felt really good despite tough conditions. With that score, I was sensational third on the leaderboard. After an hour break for lunch, we went back on the course for the second 18 holes of the day. The conditions got even tougher (wind and rain became more violent) and unfortunately my game didn’t go that smoothly – I had quite a few birdie chances but I only made two and unfortunately a few times I got into some troubles – like a 6 on a par 3 (hole 6) where in the morning, I mastered a birdie. At the end of a long day, +9 stood on the leaderboard with which I easily made the Cut as 14th. With a top score on the last day, a top 5 placement would have been possible.

With even worse weather conditions I started pretty good with 2 pars into the round. Hole 3 was with the extreme wind conditions actually a par 5 – the par putt from approximately 2 meters didn’t want to fall – bogey, which unfortunately from then on repeated itself. It showed clearly that by extreme wind conditions, I still have a lot to learn – the Scottish, Irish and English players had indeed also their problems but could use their experience with that kind of wind. With a +9 for the day I still reached the excellent 16th place.

The clear winner was my flight partner from the Faldo tournament, Olivia. Considering that a few days earlier, I challenged her and the fact that I can play this tournament for another 5 years, I am very happy with my performance. For me, the week in Ireland was a complete success, I gained a lot of experience, met many nice players, and I received a lot of praise and recognition. I played 8 rounds of golf – 5 tournament rounds all in the single digits. I played twice under my HCP (- 2 round, +1 round) and as a crowning, the invitation to the Faldo Final in America in fall.  Now a few days back to school and then next weekend I am off to the foursome Championships at Golf Club Murhof and then on Easter break to a Links course in Wales for additional tournament experience.


Making the cut at the Italian International Ladies Stroke Play Championships and 27th place

 

From March 20th to 23rd 2014, I played the Italian International Ladies Stroke Play Championships at Castelgandolfo GC near Rome, Italy. It is a beautiful place close to the summer residence of the Pope with a beautiful course with very small tricky greens surrounded by a lot of difficulties like water and bunkers. With scores of +11,+5, and +5, I easily made the cut of 60 players and was ranked 30th from 120 players after the 3rd day. Because of the difficult greens, I needed some time to get into my game and analyze how to play my approach shots.  I am very proud of the fact that each day, I improved my game even though the average scores were high due to wind, rain and the course difficulties.  On the final day, I played in a two-some with Ludovica Farina an Italian National Team Player.  It was a great flight – we played our round very quickly and I finished the tournament with a score of +4 and a final ranking of 27.  The tournament was very well organized and the players were both professional and really nice.  I met many new friends and look forward to seeing them soon at other international events. I am especially very happy for the winner of the tournament, Alessandra Braida, with whom I played my final round in Portugal two months ago. I am looking forward to my next tournaments which I will play in Ireland expecting difficult conditions with a lot of wind and rain.

 

 

 


HCP-Improvement at the Portuguese International Amateur Ladies Championship

 

End of January, I played my first tournament of 2014 at the 84th Portuguese International Amateur Ladies Championship at Golf resort Montado south of Lisbon. The tournament is rich in tradition and many National Teams are participating (Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France etc.) Therefore, the level of players is very high with plus HCP and high world amateur ranking. I very much enjoyed the three practice rounds because I was able to meet and play with so many good players. During one round, I played with an Italian girl with HCP +3 who will play for a top U.S. University next year.  And in another round I played with the Danish Match Play State Champion.  After three days of waiting, (I was 2nd on the waiting list) and just a few hours before the start of the tournament, I was told that I would be able to compete.

 

Under difficult conditions (strong wind and rain), I started off excellent with a birdie on hole #1 and I was laying good in the field with a score of +2 through hole 11. On the 12th hole, I got into some trouble in the fairway bunker and the green bunker.  I just needed too many shots until the 18th for a score of 82 (+10).

 

The second day began very early with warm-up shots under flood lights and a start at the 10th hole.  I actually played quite good, 3 birdies and I had a few more good chances – but I also had a few double bogies.  Especially on holes 10-16, I also needed too many shots on the second day.

 

The highlight of the week was definitely the third round where I played 73 (+1).  I hit 15/18 greens in regulation, played three birdies and had four additional very good birdie chances – the first red tournament round of the season was in reach.  Portugal was well worth the trip.  I met some really nice and very good players, I learned a lot from the experience of playing with them and I improved my HCP to -1,3 in the first tournament of the season. Directly after the tournament, I headed to the south coast of Portugal (Algarve) for a one week training camp with the Austrian National Team.

 

 

 


Christmas Camp in Minnesota, USA

 

During my winter break, I have been 2 weeks in the USA visiting my family. My Mom is from Minnesota where it’s very cold and snowy in winter. Luckily they have the MN Golf Academy – a perfect indoor facility with a driving range, a big putting green, a chipping area with a perfect green and a bunker and a lot of other helpful training items (Trackman, fitness area etc…). Thanks to Doug Tenpas, the Managing Director, I could practice there for free every day and I had a lot of fun to train even with an outside temperature of -25 degrees Celsius. I also want to thank Luke Benoit who gave me good tips to improve my game.

 

Beside the intensive golf & fitness training, I went to a few typical American sport events (a NFL MN Vikings Game and a NBA MN Timberwolves Game) and did some other fun outdoor activities.

 

 

 


Nomination to the Austrian Golf National Team

 

Despite my young age of 12 years, I was nominated with a Wild Card for the Austrian Girls National Team at the beginning of November 2013. A few days later, I already attended a National Team training camp in Tamsweg where I gathered a lot of helpful tips for my further development. In December, I started my training for the 2014 season with my swing coach Fred Magnusson.  Together with my father, we completed my tournament schedule for the new season which consists of a combination of Youth tournaments in which I will compete for the victory and highly competitive Ladies tournaments to gain additional experience.

 


 

2013 Season Highlights

 

I am very pleased with my performance in the 2013 golf season.  At the national level Junior Tournaments, I always had a place on the winners podium (2 wins and 3 second places at the AJGT in the age group 14 & under and 5 wins in the age group 12 & under).  Again I was Austrian State Champion (with a record lead of 24 strokes), Lower Austria Champion in my age group, and placed 3rd at the Match Play State Championship age 14 & under.  I was also the youngest player to play the Open State Championship at Golf Club Schönborn and I reached the 6th place.  A few weeks ago, again I was able to match against the elite ladies of Austria at the Match Play State Championship and tied for 5th place.  I participated in 3 big international tournaments (Scottish Girls U16, U.S. Kids World Championship, Pinehurst USA and Evian Junior Masters in France).  Especially, my performance in the USA, where I was in contention to win, made me very proud.

 

Naturally, the most memorable moment of the season was when I hit my first hole-in-one at the Lower Austria State Championship.  I almost made a second one when I played in the World Cup for the International Team in the USA.  Additional memories were also the golf rounds I played on the Old Course in St. Andrews and Pinehurst No. 2 in the USA, also my first subpar round played during a tournament in Austria at the renowned Golf Club Fontana.  Further highlights at the club level were definitely the advancement of the ladies team into the first division and defending my Club Champion title.  Although rankings do not say much – I am Nr. 1 Girls 12 & Under in Austria and Nr. 1 Girls 12 & Under in Europe.

 

I started the season with a HCP of 5.1 and at the end of October, I have HCP 1.5.  This progress would not have been possible without my team, especially Fred Magnusson.  I want to thank my team for the support.  I am looking forward to the next golf season and will try my best to improve in all areas of this very complex sport – there are still lots of areas for improvement.

 


Player of the Year in GC Föhrenwald

At the closing event of Golf Club Föhrenwald’s Juntior Team last weekend, I was named Player of the Year 2013.  After being named Junior Player of the Year in 2012, it was a great honor for me and a motivating factor for the future.  I am very proud to play for Golf Club Föhrenwald, who in my opinion, have the best Junior program in Austria and I would like to thank the club for their support.  I will try my best through top performance to fullfill this honor in the coming season.

 

 


 

Young Talent Trophy – Competition against the Vienna Regional Squad

For the last two years, the Junior Team of Golf Club Föhrenwald has played a competition in Ryder Cup format against the Vienna Regional Squad.  We won again this year 12:8 and I was able to contribute 2 points.

 

 


Austrian Matchplay Championship at GC Finkenstein

At the beginning of October, again as the youngest player in the field, I was able to match my play against the best lady golfers in Austria.  In the first round, I was up against a well-known National Team player who I was able to beat 3/1.  In the second round, I was again up against another long time National Team player.  Unfortunately I was not able to use the chances I had and ended up losing a good fight 2/1 to the later 3rd place player.  It was a great experience and I was able to learn and compare my game with the elite players of Austria.

 


Season Highlight at the Evian Junior Masters in France

For the first time, I was officially nominated by the Austrian Golf Association to participate as the youngest member of the Austrian team of four kids to play in the Evian Juniors Masters in France in mid-September. This tournament is played after the Evian Championship, the 5th Major of the Ladies and the only one played in Europe.  It is a 14 and under Team event of 16 golf nations under extraordinary conditions and a difficult course set-up.  This year, the conditions were extremely difficult because of the massive rain fall during the Ladies tournament – we were not even able to play a practice round!  On the first day, I was able to adapt to the course and conditions very well.  I played a round of 77 (+5) which was the best score of the Austrian Team.  On the second day, a similar result was not possible because of bad putting performance and a water ball on the 16th – the ball landed pin high but with backspin rolled into the pond – I played a score of 83.   Both of my scores contributed to the team score and we reached the 11 place in the Nations Cup.  I placed 19th from 32 girls and 28th place from a total of 64 players.  It was an extraordinary experience in my golf career and it would be great to participate in the tournament the next two years and compete against the world’s best.

 

 

 


Successfully defended my Club Champion Title

The last weekend before school started, the annual Club Championship at GC Föhrenwald took place. After my victory last year, as the youngest ever in the history of the Club, it was very important for me to defend my title. The tournament was played from the ladies back tees which meant 5700 meters.  I played a 76 on the first day – 2 shots behind the leader.  With a score of 78 on the second day and a 3 stroke lead – I successfully defended my Club Champion title.

 


3rd place at the Austrian Junior Matchplay Championship Girls U14

Unfortunately due to the limited number of girls in my age group playing the Qualifier, the U12 Championship was canceled but luckily I could participate in the older U14 age group. Due to my victory at the Qualifier I was ranked Nr. 1 in the tournament raster with a free ticket for the 1st round. I won my match in the 2nd round pretty easy with 8/7. Unfortunately, I lost my 3rd round match against the later winner 2/1, but I came back winning my last match 5/3 and reached the 3rd place. I for sure gained again a lot of important experience for the future. Besides that I have been observed during my matches by my swing coach Fred Magnusson – who was quite impressed over my progress this year – of course there are always parts of my game which can be improved and I definitely will work together with my team on those areas in the future

 


Victory at the Austrian Junior Golf Tour at GC Waldviertel/Haugschlag

With steady rounds of 72 (Par) and 75 (+3), I again won at the Austrian Juniors Golf Tour the U14 Girls. My game at the moment is very solid, for example on the first day I hit 16/18 greens in regulation – if my putter would be running hot, I would for sure shoot even lower scores. With this tournament I again improved my Handicap to -1,4. The tournament was also the Qualifier for the Austrian Juniors Match Play Championship – which played at the same club on the following days.

 


Advancement of the Ladies team to the 1st Division

From August 8th to 11th, the Austrian Team Championship for Ladies took place at Golf Club Schönfeld. Since last year, I am a member of the Ladies Team of Golf Club Föhrenwald.  Our goal for this year was to win the tournament and play next year in the first division with the eight best Austrian Ladies Teams. With straight victories over the Teams of Klagenfurt-Seltenheim and Innsbruck/Igls, we easily reached the Final on Sunday playing against GC Schönborn. Like the days before, I could win my match and contribute the important point to win 3 to 2. We are very proud that we reached our goal for this year and are looking forward to play – like the Mens team of GC Föhrenwald – next year in the first division.

 


Nomination for the International Team to play the World Cup

The highlight of my days in Pinehurst was definitely the nomination to play in the World Cup for the International Team.  In the 12 year old age group, the best 10 USA boys/6 USA girls compete against the best 10 – boys and 6 – girls of all the other nations.  The team competition is played on Pinehurst #2 – one of the top courses in the world (next year Tiger Woods and Inbee Park play there in the US Open)  It started at 6:00 am with breakfast for everyone, a team meeting and the procession to the 18th green.  I played with Mikhaella Fortuna (runner up at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship 2013) from the Philippines against Anina Ku (World Champion 2011) and Caroline Curtis.  With a score of 69 (3 under Par), in best ball format, we won a point for the International Team.  The highlight of my round was definitely on the 6th hole where I almost shot my second hole-in-one (missed by only 5 cm).  Unfortunately, the International Team lost against the USA 3:5.  However it was a great experience and I fulfilled a wish of mine since I was my first time in Pinehurst at age 9 – to play in the World Cup.

 

 

 


 

Top 10 at the U.S.Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, USA

During the first week of August, I played the U.S Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, USA.  I was the only player from Austria at the tournament.  The tournament is the largest (approximately 1300 participants from 50 states for the age groups 7 – 12 years) and best junior tournament in the world.  Pinehurst is the historic home of US Golf.  Many tournaments have been played there including the US Open and Ryder Cup.  Next year, for the first time in the history of the US Open, the men and ladies will play on the same course (Pinehurst #2) one week after the other.  Four years ago, when I was 9 years old and my first time at Pinehurst, I was impressed with the number of golf courses in the area so close to each other.  The resort itself has 8 courses and there are approximately 30 other courses close by.  My age group, Girls 12 years, played Pinehurst #3 – a Donald Ross course known for its very difficult greens.  A good start in such a competitive tournament is very important because you will not get many chances to make a move on this course and you need three good rounds of either par or under par to reach a top placement.  For this reason, I played three practice rounds and trained especially the shots that I would need on this course.

Day 1:  I had a great tournament start with an early tee time which was an advantage because of the hot temperature.  After 9 holes my score was 4 under par, with a birdie on the 2nd hole and an eagle on the 5th.  My putter was cooling down and not so many putts fell on the back nine.  Never the less I was able to bring a round of 1 under par into the club house and I was tied for first place.

Day 2:  As co-leader of the tournament, I played in the last flight of the day at 12:30 in the heat.  My flight partners and I recognized that the greens were not so great for putting because there were already many pitch marks from the 100 girls who played the greens before us.  It is also important to know that the greens are kept very soft because of the heat and because the level of the players is very high, there are many green hits close to the pin.  I was off to a good start with a birdie on the first hole.  Even though I had many birdie chances, I waited very long for the next one.  I was +4 over par after the 14th hole.  But I made birdies on the 15th a par 5 and the 16th a par 3.  I played a round of 74 (+2) that day putting me in the 3rd place, 1 stroke behind the two leaders.

Day 3:  I started the third round very well and made birdies on the 3rd and 8th hole.  After 10 holes, I was 2 under par and had taken over the lead at that time.  On the 11th hole, a difficult uphill Par 4, I reached the green in regulation but made a 4 putt and my score was at Par.  Unfortunately, after this, my play was not as certain as the previous days.  I needed some extra strokes and came in with +6 over Par on this day for a total score over the three day tournament of +7.  I fell back to the 8th place.  The fact that I could have won the tournament made me very proud and I reached my goal for this tournament – a top 10 placement.  Based on my performance, I was nominated for the International Team competing against Team USA in the World Cup to be played at the famous Pinehurst #2 the next day.

 


Nomination for the Evian Junior Masters in France

Due to my excellent performance during this season, I was nominated by the Austrian Golf Federation for the Evian Junior Masters which takes place in France this September.  This is a great honor for me.   I will definitely prepare well and do my best at this tournament where I will compete against the top U14 players in the world.

 


Austrian State Champion – Girls U12

This year’s International Austrian Junior State Championship took place at Colony Club Gutenhof from July 19th – 21st.  I successfully defended my title from last year and for the third consecutive year,  I am Austria’s State Champion in Stroke Play.  With rounds of +5, +3 and +4 over Par, I won the Girls U12 age group.

 


First under Par tournament round and victory at the International AJGT in GC Fontana

With a total score of +5 over three rounds in Golf Club Fontana, previously host to the European Tour, I won the U14 Girls with a 7 stroke lead.  Golf Club Fontana is known for its perfect condition, some spectacular holes and its fast, difficult greens.  I started off the tournament with a score of 77 (+5) and was very pleased with the three birdies I played.  Unfortunately, I played two double bogeys and needed a total of 37 putts.  In the second round, I was able to improve my score by 4 strokes to +1 (73).  Four bogeys on this round were almost equaled out through three birdies.  Three long, uphill similar putts (that ended up in three putts), prohibited a better round on this day.  Before the third round, I especially trained this type of putt and started positive with a two stroke lead in the final day.  Three birdies and an eagle on the 2nd hole (a Par 5), were the highlight of this round.  It was my first under Par tournament round and also one of my season goals.  It was a successful tournament for me.  I was the only participant to play under Par on the final day and the only girl with a total score in the single digits.  After 8 days of continuous golf, I will relax and regenerate the next few days.

 

 

 


3rd Place with the Ladies Team at the Lower Austria Championship

At the beginning of July, I played the Lower Austria Championship in St. Pölten with the Ladies Team of my club, Golf Club Föhrenwald.  We were one of the youngest teams with an average age of 15.  On the first day, we won against the Ladies from GC Brunn, I played a foursome and we were able to contribute a point.  On the second day, we lost against the defending state champions from GC Gutenhof.  I played a single match against Patrizia Trevisan, a college student from Florida – I learned a lot in this match.  On the final day we won against GC Schönborn and placed 3rd – I won my single match 5 / 6.