June 10, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Caroline Larsson, who recently completed her freshman season as a member of the NCAA Championship participant Florida State women’s golf team, has been named to the Swedish National Women’s Golf team that is scheduled to compete in this summer’s European Championships. Competition in the event begins July 8 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Larsson earned her invitation to join the Swedish team following her participation in the Kalmar Ladies Open last week. She finished fifth in the individual standings with scores of 70-70-77-72 for a 72-hole total of one-over par 289. Larsson finished only one shot out of second place in the field of 120 golfers.
Sweden won the European Championship and enters the event as the defending champion. The event begins with two qualification rounds July 8 and 9 with the top eight teams advancing to match play.
“I’m really excited about representing my country,” said Larsson. “It feels great to be on the team for such a big event.”
Larsson was the Seminoles’ surprise player and one of the most surprising players in the nation during the 2002-03 season. She stepped into Florida State’s lineup immediately upon her arrival and competed in 11 tournaments including the NCAA Championship, NCAA East Regional and ACC Championship during her first year as a collegian. Larsson carded a career-low 68 in the final round of the NCAA East Regional and was a major reason why the Seminoles qualified to play in the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in school history and the first time since 1998. As a freshman, she averaged 76.90 strokes in 31 rounds during 11 tournaments to rank second on the team, which ranked 23rd nationally in the final GolfWeek/Sagarin Power Index of the season.