Aug 18, 2013; Parker, CO, USA; Members of team Europe team gather during the final round of the 2013 Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Solheim Fever: On to Sweden

Team Europe isn’t letting any dust settle on the Solheim Cup.  Catorina Matthew (Scotland) took the Cup to the Scottish Ladies Open last weekend and now it’s on its way to Helsingborg, Sweden and the 2013 Helsingborg Open.  Team Europe just can’t seem to stop celebrating!Team Europe stars Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist, and Team Europe vice-captain Karin Koch will all play in the Swedish Open, with the Cup proudly on display.  Hedwall, the 25th ranked woman golfer in the world and the only player on either team to go 5-0 in her Solheim matches, is assuredly a home town heroine, as was Catorina Matthew at the Scottish Open.  Nordqvist, ranked 23rd in the world, also claims Solheim fame.  Last month in Colorado she carded the only ace in Solheim history.  And the pair handily defeated Team USA pair Morgal Pressel and Jessica Korda in the foursomes match.  Between them, Hedwall and Nordqvist brought Team Europe 8.5 of the 14 points they needed to win the Solheim!  They’ve earned their celebration!

Aug 17, 2013; Parker, CO, USA; Anna Nordqvist (left) and Caroline Hedwall (right) of team Europe pose for picture after winning it on the seventieth green with a hole in one against team U.S during the second round of the 2013 Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Hedwall is particularly excited about the Helsingborg Open and the continued celebration of Team Europe’s victory:

It will be loads of fun to play in Sweden again.  We’ve been missing a tournament for a few years now.  To also come home with the Solheim Cup trophy in the trunk feels absolutely fantastic!

Caroline Hedwall, Team Europe

Hedwall, Nordqvist and Koch will be joined at the Helsingborg Open by Team Europe helper Sophie Gustafson as well as former Team Europe players Laura Davies and Trish Johnson.  With the exception of Johnson, all also play on the LPGA Tour, although Gustafson has announced that she will concentrate on LET events in 2014.

Keeping fans focused on the Team Europe Solheim victory, the Helsingborg Open will provide free admission to the Friday round to anyone who presents Solheim memorabilia from the 2013 or any previous Solheim Cup event.

The Helingsborg Open is a new event on the LET, and marks the beginning of a new chapter in Swedish golf history.  The 54-hole 3-day event will winnow 126 players down to the top 60 and provide a new showcase from which to display the best among Sweden’s women golfers.



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