About

My dad and my two brothers started playing golf in 1993. Four years later my mum and I begun taking lessons, but we really weren’t too interested in it. I felt that football, track and fields, ballet and playing the piano was more fun. In 2000, my brothers were playing really well and they got to be a part of the Northern Finland’s team. That for me sounded awesome. The coach for the team was Tommi Linna and he got me excited about golf and became my trainer. I began to practise 2 – 3 times/week in the winter and every day in the summer. All the sports that I had been doing and especially ballet had a very positive effect to my swing. I danced ballet and played the piano for 10 years.

The following summer I was playing against the best under 12-year-olds in Finland. In the age of 13, I won my first bronze medal in the Finnish Championships for U16. I found school very easy, so it only took 8 years for me to finish the school that is supposed to take 9 years. When I then started high school, I was only 14 years old. And I had decided to go to a high school for golfers (the only one in Finland), 6 hours from my home in Tornio. After high school in 2008, I moved to Halmstad in Sweden to study in university. The practice facilities were great and many of the Swedish golf professionals lived there too. I stayed in Halmstad for 6 years and moved back to Finland in 2014. I’ve been living in Helsinki since then.

I played for the Finnish national team for 8 years until I turned professional. The most memorable tournaments for me must have been the World Championships in Australia 2008 and Argentina 2010.

I turned pro in 2011 and played my first two seasons on Nordea Tour. The year 2013 was my first full season on LET access series (the under tour for Ladies European Tour) and I finished 13th in the Order of Merit.

In December of 2013 I got myself a European Tour card through Qualifying School in Morocco. Not a full card, but category 9b. In December 2014 I got the full membership for the season 2015.

I love my job and I hope to be able to do this as long as possible. My dream is to become one of the best players in the world. To represent Europe in the Solheim Cup and to play for the team Finland in the Olympic Games are things that keep me motivated.

My player profile on Ladies European Tour 

 

Born : 15/09/1989 in Tornio

Hole in Ones: 2

Represents: Hill Side Golf & Country Club, Finland

Coaches : Staffan Johansson, Matti Santtila, Anna-Leena Toivanen

The bag: Wilson Staff

Clothes: Peak Performance, ECCO

Handicap: 0.0

Interests: Books, movies, photographing, music, sports, fashion and food

 

Linda Henriksson

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