Louise Friberg (golfer)
Louise Friberg is a Swedish professional golfer who played on the Ladies European Tour and the United States-based LPGA Tour. Friberg was a member of the Swedish National Team from 1996 to 1998, she was the 1997 Nordic Champion after finishing one-under par for the tournament and had numerous top finishes on the Swedish Teen Tour, the Swedish Golf Tour and at junior championships. She attended college at the University of Washington on a full golf scholarship where she was a standout golfer all four years and graduated with a degree in environmental studies in 2003. Friberg turned professional at the end of 2003, playing first on the Futures Tour the Swedish Telia Tour where she won the CA Trophy in 2005, she qualified for the Ladies European Tour for 2006. In 2007, she recorded three top-10 finishes on the Ladies European Tour and finished tied for 33rd in the Women's British Open, a major tournament on the LPGA Tour. At the fall 2007 LPGA Qualifying Tournament, she finished tied for 9th, earning exempt status on the LPGA Tour for the 2008 season.
Friberg earned her first professional win at the 2008 MasterCard Classic on the LPGA Tour. In the final round she shot a 7-under-par 65 to come from ten shots back. Friberg's MasterCard Classic win is tied for the largest final round comeback in LPGA Tour history. On 15 September 2011, Friberg announced she would be retiring from tournament play after competing in the Navistar LPGA Classic, she did play the Kraft Nabisco Championship, from which she was exempt due to her 2008 win, in 2012 and 2013. After being out of the game for two years running a junior golf program in Sweden and giving private lessons in Arizona, Friberg attempted a comeback and competed in the LPGA Tour's Qualifying School. 2005 CA Trophy Results not in chronological order before 2014. ^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013. DNP = did not play. Official website Louise Friberg at the LPGA Tour official site Louise Friberg at the Ladies European Tour official site University of Washington Player Profile
Helen Christine Alfredsson is a Swedish retired professional golfer who played on the U. S.-based LPGA Tour and is a life member of the Ladies European Tour. Alfredsson was born in Sweden, she represented Sweden in European Senior Team championships. She was a member of the Swedish team in the Espirito Santo Trophy World Amateur Team Championship in 1986 and 1988 and is a six-time Swedish national champion winning from 1981 through 1984, in 1986 and 1988, she attended United States International University, graduating in 1988 with a degree in International Business and tried a career in Paris as a model. During 1986-1988 she played five times on the Swedish Telia Tour, she turned professional on 1 January 1989. Alfredsson began her professional career on the Ladies European Tour where she was rookie of the year in 1989; the next year, in 1990, she claimed her maiden professional win at the Women's British Open. She won once each on the ALPG and Japanese tours, she earned exempt status for the 1992 LPGA Tour season by tying for 17th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
She earned Rookie of the Year honors on the LPGA Tour in 1992 and has won seven LPGA Tour events, including one LPGA major: the 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore. A little over three months after her Dinah Shore victory, Alfredsson nearly won the U. S. Women's Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Alfredsson finished tied for 2nd, one shot behind winner Lauri Merten. Alfredsson has continued to play a limited number of events in Europe, where she has won eleven events, she finished at the top of the European money list in 1998. She has been a member of the European team in the Solheim Cup 8 times: in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2009, she was captain of the European Solheim Cup team in the 2007 Solheim Cup, in which Europe lost to the USA 12-16. While playing golf, Alfredsson has been known to curse loud in Swedish; the Financial Times of London once editorialized, "They can be louder and more richly worded than many of Lenny Bruce's best performances." Alfredsson said about cursing "You have to stay so focused on the tour," she said.
"You work so hard, you don't want anything to interfere. But all of a sudden this little devil comes crawling out, saying,'It's time to do something. You've been good too long.'"In September 2013, Alfredsson announced her retirement from the LPGA Tour. She has played in the Legends Tour in recent years, including playing in the inaugural senior major, the Senior LPGA Championship in 2017, tying for third place, she will be eligible for the 2018 U. S. Senior Women's Open based on her Solheim Cup status. Alfredsson is married to former National Hockey League player Kent Nilsson and is stepmother of his son, hockey player Robert Nilsson. LPGA Tour playoff record 1990 Women's British Open 1991 Hennessy Ladies Cup, Trophee Coconut Skol 1992 Hennessy Ladies Cup, IBM Ladies' Open 1994 Evian Masters 1996 Hennessy Cup 1997 McDonald's WPGA Championship of Europe 1998 Evian Masters 2001 WPGA Championship of Europe 2008 Evian Masters^Note: The Women's British Open was not co-sanctioned by the LPGA until 1994, did not become an LPGA major until 2001.
^The Evian Masters has been co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour since 2000. 1991 Ellair Open 1992 Itoki Classic 1997 Itoen Tournament 1991 Queensland Open 1991 Benson & Hedges Trophy 1992 Sunrise Cup World Team Championship ^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001. ^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013. DNP = did not play WD = withdrew CUT = missed the half-way cut DQ = disqualified T = tied Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish. Most consecutive cuts made – 9 Longest streak of top-10s – 2 Amateur Espirito Santo Trophy: 1986, 1988Professional Solheim Cup: 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2009 World Cup: 2007 Lexus Cup: 2008 Handa Cup: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 List of golfers with most Ladies European Tour wins Helen Alfredsson at the Ladies European Tour official site Helen Alfredsson at the LPGA Tour official site Helen Alfredsson at the Legends Tour official site
Nicole Castrale is an American professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. Castrale was born in Glendale and started playing golf at the age of 10, she graduated from Palm Desert High School in 1997 and played college golf for the USC Trojans in Los Angeles and earned her bachelor's degree in 2001. Castrale has won once on the 2007 Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika, she played on the Futures Tour, winning twice in consecutive weeks in 2005. Castrale played on the U. S. Solheim Cup teams in 2007 and 2009, she made the clinching putt for the U. S. to defeat Europe in the 2007 matches in Sweden. She played on the International team in the 2007 and 2008 Lexus Cups. Castrale did not compete past June in both 2010 and 2011, she underwent surgery on her left shoulder in early July 2010 and rehabilitated the rest of the season. Castrale played a limited schedule in 2011 due to pregnancy and her last competitive round was on June 10, she gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter, in November and returned to the LPGA Tour in March 2012.
Castrale married Craig Castrale on January 8, 2005. LPGA Tour playoff record Results not in chronological order before 2014. ^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013. DNP = did not play. Most consecutive cuts made – 7 Longest streak of top-10s – 2 Professional Solheim Cup: 2007, 2009 Lexus Cup: 2007, 2008 Nicole Castrale at the LPGA Tour official site Nicole Castrale at the Futures Tour official site Nicole Castrale on Twitter
Sophie Gustafson is a Swedish professional golfer. She was a member of U. S.-based LPGA Tour and a life member of the Ladies European Tour. She has five LPGA Tour and 23 international wins in her career, including victories on five of the six continents on which golf is played: North America, Australia and Asia, she is a four-time LET Order of Merit winner and represented Europe in the Solheim Cup on each team from 1998 to 2011. Gustafson turned professional in 1992 whilst studying marketing and law at Aranasskolan & Komvux University in Sweden. In the next three years she played 12 four Ladies European Tour tournaments. On the Telia tour she had six top ten finishes, her best finish on the LET was a 22nd at her home tournament in Sweden.1995 saw her join the Ladies European Tour gaining two top 10 finishes in 13 starts. 1996 was her first full year on the Ladies European Tour. She gained her first professional wins, winning once on the Telia Tour at the Rörstrand Ladies Open and once on the Ladies European Tour at the Déesse Ladies Swiss Open.
In 1997 she earned her first win on the Ladies Asian Tour at the Thailand Ladies Open and finished T40th at LPGA Q School to earn non-exempt status for 1998. In 1998 Gustafson won twice on the LET at the Donegal Irish Ladies' Open and at the Marrakech Palmeraie Open, finish second on the Order of Merit and was voted Waterford Players' Player of the Year, she played four times on the LPGA tour, recording a second-place finish at the co-sanctioned Women’s British Open. She won the Telia Tour Finale and made her debut in the Solheim Cup, replacing the injured Trish Johnson at the last minute. During 1999, Gustafson played on both the Ladies European Tours, her best result was a tie for 2nd at the Ladies' German Open on the Ladies European Tour.2000 was a breakthrough year for Gustafson. She got her maiden win on the LPGA at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, added a second LPGA title at the co-sanctioned Women’s British Open, she had two other wins in Europe at the Ladies Italian Open and at the Waterford Crystal Ladies Irish Open, partnered with Carin Koch to win the inaugural TSN Ladies World Cup Golf.
She won 2 and a half out of a possible four points in Europe's Solheim Cup victory at Loch Lomond. The year ended with Gustafson topping the Evian Order of Merit and official Evian moneylist, being voted Swedish Player of the Year by the Association of Swedish Golf Writers and becoming Players' Player of Year'. In 2001 Gustafson won once on both the LPGA Tour at the Subaru Memorial of Naples and Ladies European Tour at the AAMI Women's Australian Open crossing the LPGA Tour career $1million earnings mark; the defence of her LPGA title ended with her losing in a playoff to Annika Sörenstam. In 2002, she played seven LET events, posting four top 10 finishes, ending the season with one victory at the Biarritz Ladies Classic and 3rd place in the Order of Merit as well as winning the Vivien Saunders Stroke average trophy, she made 15 of 20 cuts with her best finish an 11th. In 2003, she secured another LET Order of Merit title, she won her third LET Players' Player of the Year award and the Vivien Saunders Stroke Average trophy.
She won the Samsung World Championship on the LPGA tour, her 4th LPGA win, crossing the $2million LPGA Tour career earnings mark. She became the first woman to compete in a men's Japan Golf Tour event, was part of the winning European Solheim Cup team in her native Sweden. During 2004 Gustafson struggled with illness due to deep vein thrombosis in her leg, her best finish of the year was a tie for third on the LPGA tour where she led the tour in driving distance at 270.2 yards. At the start of 2005, Gustafson represented Sweden with Carin Koch in the 2005 Women's World Cup of Golf in SA. Three LET events in 2005 yielded a second-place finish at the Weetabix Women's British Open and 3rd place on the LET Money List. On the LPGA Tour she had seven top 10 finishes and tied her career low round of 64 at the Wendy's Championship for Children. Gustafson made her 5th appearance in the Solheim Cup. and was a member of the International Team in the inaugural Lexus Cup. In 2006 Gustafson played in just three LET events but finished fourth on the New Star Money List after claiming her first victory in three years at the Siemens Austrian Ladies Golf Open at Golfclub Fohrenwald in Wiener Neustadt in Austria.
This win gave her the point she needed to become a Life Member of the LET. She earned her thirteenth LET win in 2007 at the De Vere Ladies Scottish Open. Gustafson was a member of Europe's Solheim Cup team in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 2006, Gustafson married former LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw, who left his post following the 2005 Solheim Cup, they divorced in January 2010. Gustafson, in her words, has a "severe stuttering problem" and speaks to the media. During the 2011 Solheim Cup she spoke on-camera with Golf Channel. Note: Gustafson won the Weetabix Women's British Open before it became a major championship. LPGA Tour playoff record 1996 Deesse Ladies' Swiss Open 1998 Donegal Irish Ladies Open, Marrakech Palmeraie Open 2000 Ladies Italian Open, Waterford Crystal Irish Open, Weetabix Women's British Open 2001 AAMI Women's Australian Open 2002 Biarritz Ladies Classic 2003 Ladies Irish Open, HP Open, BT Ladies Open 2006 Siemens Austrian Ladies Golf Open 2007 De Vere Ladies Scottish Open 2010 European Ladies Golf Cup, AIB Ladies Irish Open 2011 Communitat Valenciana European Ladies Golf Cup 1996 Rörstrand Ladies Open 1997 Thailand Open (La
Yani Tseng is a Taiwanese professional golfer playing on the U. S.-based LPGA Tour. She is the youngest player male or female, to win five major championships and was ranked number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013. Tseng was the top-ranked amateur in Taiwan from 2004 to 2006; the highlight of her amateur career was winning the 2004 U. S. Women's defeating Michelle Wie in the final, 1 up, her amateur accomplishments include: 2002 Won – Callaway Junior World Golf Championships 2004 2nd place – Callaway Junior World Golf Championships 2004 Won – U. S. Women's Amateur Public Links 2005 Won – North and South Women's Amateur Golf Championship 2005 Semi-finalist – U. S. Women's Amateur Public Links 2005 2nd place – North and South Women's Amateur Golf Championship Tseng turned professional in January 2007; that year she won the DLF Women's Indian Open. She competed on the CN Canadian Women's Tour where she won the CN Canadian Women's Tour at Vancouver Golf Club.
Tseng entered the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in the fall of 2007 and finished sixth in the final Qualifying Tournament in December which gave Tseng full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2008. In June 2008, she claimed her first LPGA tour victory at the LPGA Championship to become the first player from Taiwan to win an LPGA major championship. At age 19, she was the youngest player to win the LPGA Championship and the second-youngest player to win an LPGA major. Tseng was named LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2008. On 29 March 2009, Tseng became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings, she achieved this mark in 32 events, spanning one year, one month, 13 days. The previous record holder was Paula Creamer who reached the mark in one year, four months, 15 days in 2006. On 4 April 2010, Tseng won the first major championship of the LPGA season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, by one stroke, she went on to win her second major of the year on 1 August 2010 by winning the Women's British Open by one stroke and became the youngest woman in the modern era to win three major championships.
LPGA founder Patty Berg was younger than Tseng. However, before the formation of the LPGA Tour in 1950 and the designation of official LPGA major tournaments. In September 2010, Tseng was offered a five-year sponsorship deal from a Chinese company worth NT$1 billion with access to a luxury villa and private jets. Tseng rejected the offer because it required she switch her citizenship from Republic of China to China. In January 2011, Tseng defended her title at the Taifong Ladies Open on the LPGA of Taiwan Tour. Three weeks she won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and a week the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters, both events co-sponsored by the ALPG Tour and the Ladies European Tour, her wins moved her into the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She won again the next week in the first tournament of the Honda LPGA Thailand. In June 2011, she won the LPGA State Farm Classic over Cristie Kerr by three strokes. Two weeks she won the LPGA Championship; this made her the youngest player to win four LPGA majors.
The next month she defended her title at the Women's British Open, becoming the first defending champion winner at the Women's British Open as a major. Her five major titles made her the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships. Tseng won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year for a second straight year, she wrapped up the award. Tseng won three of the first five events on the 2012 LPGA Tour: the Honda LPGA Thailand, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and the Kia Classic; the Honda LPGA Thailand victory was her second consecutive win at that event. Tseng's career took a sudden downturn beginning in the latter part of the 2012 season. At the end of 2013, she had dropped from fourth to 38th place on the official LPGA money list and from first to 34th in the Women's World Golf Rankings, her performance dropped further in 2014. Tseng has not won a LPGA tournament since March 2012. After accumulating seven top-10 finishes, including four wins, in majors in 2010 through early 2012, starting with the 2012 Women's PGA Championship, she has missed the cut in a majority of the majors and finished no higher than T13 or did not play in the others.
There have been other explanation for the sudden change. Since March 2012, Tseng has been four points away from qualifying for the World Golf Hall of Fame via the LPGA points system, which requires 27 points for Hall of Fame eligibility. Tseng earned one point for each regular tour victory on the LPGA Tour and two points for every major championship victory, she earned a point each for her two Rolex LPGA Player of the Year awards and one point for winning the Vare Trophy. If she accumulates the required 27 points before her tenth season on the LPGA Tour, she will have to wait until the tenth year to gain full Hall of Fame eligibility. Tseng has met the requirement to win one LPGA major, Vare Trophy, or Rolex award. Tseng's father is Mao Hsin Tseng and her mother is Yu-Yun Yang. Tseng lives in a residential community at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida, in a house that she purchased from former LPGA player Annika Sörenstam in April 2009. Tseng was named on Time magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012."
LPGA Tour playoff record 1 Defeated Hjorth with birdie on fourth extra hole. Results no
Lorena Ochoa Reyes is a Mexican professional golfer who played on the U. S.-based LPGA Tour from 2003 to 2010. She was the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive and total weeks, from 23 April 2007 to her retirement in 2 May 2010, at the age of 28 years old; as the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world, she is considered the best Mexican golfer and the best Latin American female golfer of all time. Ochoa was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Ochoa was the third of four children of a real estate developer and an artist, she took up golf at the age of five, won her first state event at the age of six, her first national event at seven. An 11-year-old Ochoa approached the professional Rafael Alarcon, 1979 winner of the Canadian Amateur Championship, as he worked on his game at Guadalajara Country Club, where her family lived near the 10th tee, she asked him. Alarcon asked her what her goal was, "She said she wanted to be the best player in the world."
As a junior, she captured 22 state events in 44 national events in Mexico. She won five consecutive titles at the Junior World Golf Championships and in 2000 she enrolled at the University of Arizona in the U. S. on a golf scholarship, where she was a teammate of fellow freshman Natalie Gulbis. While a student in Tucson, Ochoa received regular tutoring and improved her English by watching movies and reading magazines between practice and tournaments, she was successful in women's collegiate golf in the next two years, winning the NCAA Player of the Year Awards for 2001 and 2002, finishing runner-up at both the 2001 and 2002 NCAA National Championship and being named to the National Golf Coaches Association 2001 All-America First team. She won the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships, was named Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year 2001 and was All-Pac-10 First team in 2001 and 2002. In her sophomore year she had eight tournament wins in ten events she entered and set an NCAA record with seven consecutive victories in her first seven events.
She won the Golfstat Cup in both 2001 and 2002. The Cup is given to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season. Setting the single-season NCAA scoring average record as a freshman at 71.33 and beating her own record the next year by just over a stroke per round with a 70.13 average. In November 2001, Ochoa was presented with Mexico's National Sports Award by Mexican President Vicente Fox, she was the youngest person and first golfer. In 2006, she was named NCAA Division I Women's Golf Most Outstanding Student Athlete, an award, bestowed as part of the 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships celebration, taking into account outstanding performances over the past 25 years, she was the recipient of the 2003 Nancy Lopez Award, presented annually to the world's most outstanding female amateur golfer. Nancy Lopez describes Ochoa off the golf course as: "When you meet her for the second time and she remembers not only your name, but the slightest detail from the last time you spoke."
Ochoa left college after her second year to turn professional won three of ten events played on the 2002 Futures Tour, topped its money list to earn membership on the LPGA Tour for the 2003 season. She was Duramed FUTURES Tour Player of the Year. In her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2003, she had eight top-10 finishes, including runner-up finishes at the Wegmans Rochester and Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill, ending the season as the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and ninth on the LPGA official money list. In 2004, she won her first two LPGA Tour titles: the Franklin American Mortgage Championship and the Wachovia LPGA Classic; that same year she placed in the top ten in three of the four major championships. In 2005, Ochoa won the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. In 2006, her first round score of 62 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship tied the record for lowest score by a golfer, male or female, in any major tournament, her playoff loss to Karrie Webb marked her best finish until 2007 in an LPGA major.
By the end of the year she won six tournaments, topped the money list and claimed her first LPGA Tour Player of the Year award which goes to the player who gains the most points throughout the season based on a formula in which points are awarded for top-10 finishes and are doubled at the LPGA's four major championships and at the season-ending ADT Championship. She won the LPGA Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour, her achievements were recognized outside the sport of golf when Ochoa won the 2006 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award and received the National Sports Prize for the second time. In April 2007, Ochoa overtook Annika Sörenstam to become the world number. In August 2007, Ochoa won her first major championship at the historic home of golf, the Old Course at St Andrews, with a wire-to-wire win by four shots at the Women's British Open, she won the next two LPGA events, the CN Canadian Women's Open and the Safeway Classic, the first to win three consecutive events since Sörenstam in 2005.
In 2007, Ochoa became the first woman to earn more than $4,000,000 in a single season, surpassing Sörenstam's previous record of $2,863,904. In April 2008, Ochoa won her second major championship, this time at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, becoming the first golfer to win consecutive LPGA majors since Sörenstam in 2005, she celebrated this victory in the traditional fashion for the Kraft Nabisco by jumping
Min Na-on is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. Min won the Sun City Nedbank Challenge as an amateur in 2002 and turned professional after earning non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour at the 2006 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, her highest finish is third place in a major championship on the Tour. DNP = did not play. Source: Official as of the 2012 season. Sources