Sophie makes her mark with Annika

Sophie Lamb Annika Sorenstam

England’s Sophie Lamb was joint runner-up in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2015 at Bro-Bålsta in Bro, Sweden, finishing the 54-hole event on six-under par.

Lamb, who is half-Swedish, led after the first round when she carded the low-score of the tournament: a six-under 67 on Annika Sorenstam’s home course which earned her a special prize.

Her performance has also won her a place in the ANNIKA Invitational USA in Florida next February.

The 17-year-old from Clitheroe in Lancashire set the first day standard with a display of solid putting to make seven birdies against one bogey. "I played well today, especially on the greens. I put the ball in a good position, leaving myself uphill putts, which is much easier if you want to score,” she said. “I also hit my driver really good and only missed one fairway!”

After the second round she was eight-under par, helped by holing a 50-footer on the last. But she was joined at the top of the leaderboard by the eventual winner, Ana Pelaez of Spain. In the final round Lamb – a member of the England Golf girls' squad – shot two-over 75 while Pelaez was one-under. 

Lamb’s Swedish connections – her mother, Carina, is Swedish – made her a favourite of the club members and won her the loudest cheer at the prize giving.

The championship was contested by a strong field of featuring 78 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 countries.

After the first day’s play, Annika treated 500 people, including sponsors, players, local juniors and members, to a clinic. Annika, along with her lifelong swing coach, Henri Reis, shared stories of her childhood and her competitive days as well as advice to the girls on what helped her become successful.

Caption: Lamb receives her prize from Annika Sorenstam.