TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State All-American Frida Kinhult begins play as a member of Team Europe in the Vagliano Trophy Championship June 28-29, 2019 at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. The European team will look to retain the trophy, which they’ve held since 2007, for the eighth consecutive time when it faces off against the team comprised of the best players from Great Britain and Ireland.
Kinhult was a member of Team Europe in 2015 when it won the Junior Vagliano Trophy by a 10.5-7.5 margin. The junior Vagliano Trophy team is made up of players 16 years of age and younger.
The Seminole Women’s Golf Team has tremendous history in the Vagliano Trophy Championship. A total of three of the eight members of Team Europe that won the championship in 2017 were Seminoles – former All-Americans Matilda Castren and Morgane Metraux and current starter Puk Lung Thomsen.
The Vagliano Trophy started in 1931 as a match between Great Britain and France. It was played annually from 1931 to 1939 and from 1947 to 1949, before becoming a biennial event from 1949 to 1957. Britain won 15 of the 16 matches with the 1934 match being tied. From 1949 to 1957 Great Britain had also played a biennial match against Belgium. In 1959 the two matches were replaced by one with Britain playing a team representing the Continent of Europe, the Vagliano Trophy being used for the new event.
The competition involves various match play competitions between players selected to participate in singles and foursomes matches. The winner of each match scores a point for their team, with half a point each for any match that is tied after 18 holes. If the entire match is tied, the previously winning team retains the Trophy.
The contest is played over two days, with four foursomes and eight singles matches on each day, a total of 24 points. Before 1975 there were five foursomes and ten singles matches each day. In 1959 and 1961 there were five 36-hole foursomes on the first day and ten 36-hole singles on the second. All matches since 1961 have been over 18 holes.
Kinhult earned First-Team All-American honors from both the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek as she led the Seminoles to a No. 9 ranking in the final Golfstat poll of the season. Her 2018-19 honors include: All-American First Team (WGCA); National Freshman of the Year (WGCA); Golfstat Cup Winner (low stroke average in Division I); ACC Golfer of the Year (Co); ACC Freshman of the Year; All-ACC; ACC Co-Golfer of the Month, October; ACC Co-Golfer of the Month, March; ANNIKA Award Fall 2018 Watch List; ANNIKA Award Spring 2019 Watch List and ANNIKA Award Top-3 Finalist (June 2019).