Aug. 2, 2003
FRANKFURT, Germany –
Caroline Larsson, a sophomore member of the Florida State University women’s golf team, helped Sweden to a second place finish at the European Championships played July 8-12. Sweden advanced to the championship finals before falling to Spain in a closely contested title match. The Spaniards won the event during a playoff after the final match in the championship round was tied after 18 holes.
The event matched the top eight women’s national teams in Europe in two qualifying rounds that placed the teams in rank order for match play. Match play consisted of two matches of alternative ball play and five singles matches.
Larsson played well during the two qualifying rounds as she shot a three-over par 75 in the first round and an 82 in the second round. Sweden finished in seventh place after the two qualifying rounds and was matched against second-seeded Germany in round one. The Swedes, led by 2003 NCAA Champion Michaela Parmlid of USC, upset Germany in the first round and defeated Wales in round two in order to advance to the championship finals.
Sweden faced Spain, the top seeded team in the tournament, in the championship finals. After the first two matches of alternative ball play, the two teams were tied. The championship would be decided on the outcome of the best-of-five individual matches on the final day of the event. Unfortunately for Larsson and the Swedish team, Spain won three of the first four matches to win the championship.
“The European Championships were a lot of fun,” said Larsson. “It could not have been a closer to for the gold medals. We did get the silver – an accomplishment we were very proud of. It was a great experience to be able to see many of the great European golfers on the course.”
Larsson will continue playing in her native Sweden in preparation for the Seminoles’ upcoming 2003-04 season. Upon arriving back in Tallahassee for the beginning of the academic semester Aug. 25, the team will prepare for its four-match fall schedule. The jewel of the Seminoles’ schedule is the Florida State hosted Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge Oct. 24-26 at the Sandestin Beach and Golf Club in Destin, Fla.