Sweden wins women’s world amateur title

Annika Sorenstam may be retiring at the end of the year but judging by the quality of their amateurs, there are plenty of talented Swedes waiting in the wings ready to take her place.

Caroline Hedwall and Pernilla Lindberg, both students at Oklahoma State University, joined Anna Nordqvist in winning the World Amateur Team Championship at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, Australia.

It was also Sweden’s second world team title in three years.

The Swedish team completed the tournament with a team total of 19-under-par 561, which was 12 strokes better than the second-placed Spanish team.

The United States finished third on 575. The tournament, which is held every two years, is a 72-hole event in which the lowest two scores from each team count towards the total.

Hedwall, originally from Lodderopinge, Sweden, shot a final round of two-under-par 270 for a total of 10-under 280 to top the individual standings. She was just one stroke ahead of Nordqvist.

Lindberg tied for 18th thanks to her total score of 293 after a closing round of 73.

Sorenstam has been Sweden’s most famous player over the past decade. The former world number one is retiring from the professional scene at the end of the year, though Sweden have showed that they have a number of candidates ready to pick up the baton.

The Oklahoma ladies will have little time to celebrate their victory because they must return to the United States and represent their college at a Stanford Intercollegiate event in Palo Alto, California this weekend.

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