TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –Sophomores Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin, who helped the 2019 Florida State Women’s Golf Team to a final national ranking of No. 9, were the driving forces behind the second consecutive European Ladies Team Championship for the Swedish National team earlier this month at the Golf Club of Molas in Sardinia, Italy. The Swedish team defeated Spain, 5-2, in the final to secure back-to-back titles for Sweden.
Kinhult, the number-one ranked amateur player in the world, secured the decisive fourth point for Sweden on the 16th green of the championship match in the win over Spain. Earlier on the final day of the championship, Kinhult and Wallin played together and won their foursome match to put the title well within reach for Sweden.
After finishing second as a team in stroke play, Sweden rolled through the match play portion of the championship with a 5.5-1.5 win over England in the quarterfinals and a 6-1 victory over Germany in the semifinals to set up its 5-2 win over Spain to clinch the championship.
Sweden’s victory marked the ninth time in the history of the European Ladies Team Championship that a team had won the title in consecutive years and the championship tying 10th time Sweden had won the title. Sweden is now tied with England with 10 team titles since the event began in 1959.
“Winning the European Team Championship was amazing,” said Kinhult who was named the ACC Player of the Year (Co) and the Freshman of the Year as a Seminole in 2019. “It’s always great fun to play in team events and match play. I was a little disappointed to finish second in the stroke play as my goal was to defend my title, but at the same time it’s great motivation to keep practicing to become better.”
For Kinhult and Wallin, it was the third consecutive title as a member of the Swedish National Team program. Both current Seminoles helped Sweden to the 2017 European Girls’ Team Championship and both the 2018 and 2019 European Ladies Team Championships.
Said Kinhult: “It’s the third year in a row we have won with almost the same team (five of the six players) and the friendship we build every year that week is priceless.”
Wallin gained five victories in the three rounds of match play including one with Kinhult, her close friend and Seminole teammate, on the final day of the championship.
“Winning the European Team Championships was a great team effort,” said Wallin who earned All-ACC honors in her first season as a Seminole. “We enjoyed a great week; it was a great week for our team and our country.”
After helping Sweden to the championship at the European Team Championship, Wallin led her Hills Golf Club team to the Swedish Team Championship.
Both Kinhult and Wallin have now turned their attention to qualifying for the Women’s British Open (August 1-4) before returning to Florida State to begin their sophomore seasons in the classroom and on the course. The Women’s British Open is one of five events recognized as major tournaments by the LPGA.