Done with the European Team Championship

Done with the European Team Championship

Austria turned out to be an uphill battle for the Danish team despite good play

This past week we had a blazing start to the European Championship on the amazing course in Murhof, Austria. The whole week was extremely warm and humid and filled with lots of golf. We ended up playing 8 rounds on 7 days and thus spent most of our time at the golf course. I traveled down to Austria with the coach of the Danish Ladies National Team, a captain and 5 other girls from Denmark. The tournament is always a great event with first 2 rounds of stroke play, after which teams are divided into flights (number 1 thorough 8 in the first flight, 9 through 16 in the second flight and so on). From there it comes down to match play within the different flights.

Like I said, we started amazingly with a round of 15 under par as a team. This score counted the 5 best scores out of us 6 players, where I was able to deliver a 68 (4 under par). With this start Denmark was atop of the leaderboard with 11 shots down to number 2, out of the 20 participating teams. On the second day we had a more modest score of 2 over total, finishing 2nd overall. Heading into match play this meant that we would meet number 7 Belgium (within the flights number 1 meets number 8, number 2 meets number 7 and so on). I won the morning foursome with my teammate Charlotte while we lost the other one. It was thus tied heading into the five afternoon singles. However, even though we were the top seeded team, luck was not on our side. My match ended up being the determining one, but from hole 7 to 17, my opponent made 3 eagles and 2 birdies, which unfortunately was a little too much for me at that time. It was an extremely disappointing day where all our hopes of playing for the medals, went out the window. On the second day we were degraded to play for the spots 5 through 8 and it was a little hard to get motivated after the disappointment against Belgium. We ended up losing the match against England on the 19th hole and had to play for spots 7 or 8 the next day. Here we were finally able to get a win against Ireland and finished the tournament in 7th place overall.

It was a tough result considering the strong start and the team we had. We truly had hoped to play for the top spots, but unfortunately Belgium put an end to those hopes. Nevertheless it was a very good learning experience and a fun event despite the result. Everything was very well organized and it was fun to see my other European teammates from the Vagliano Trophy the week before.

The week in Austria marked my last European Championship and my last time to represent the Danish National Team after two World Championships, eight European Championships, and countless other international tournaments. It has been an amazing time and I am so happy that I have been part of the Danish Golf Union for so many years. Next week comes the Danish International Ladies Amateur Championship which will be my last amateur tournament before the professional life! I am excited for a fun week ahead and hopefully I will be able to deliver a good result.

Take care and thank you all for following,