At 15, Julia Engstrom looks to take next step toward golf career at U.S. Women's Open

Julia Engstrom

At 15, Julia Engstrom looks to take next step toward golf career at U.S. Women's Open

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At 15, Julia Engstrom looks to take next step toward golf career at U.S. Women's Open

Julia Engstrom won the Ladies British Open Amateur two weeks ago and thought she had earned an exemption into the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. It wasn’t until Monday, June 27, that Engstrom learned from the USGA that she was in this year’s championship at CordeValle.

Engstrom hustled to California from Sweden for her first tournament on U.S. soil.

“I had five days to prepare,” she said.

Engstrom, who at 15 became the youngest player to win the Ladies British Amateur, opened with an even-par 72. Her longtime instructor/caddie, Thomas Lindstrom, was pleased with the performance. Engstrom stuck to the strategy of playing away from the flagsticks and using the slope of the greens to get near the hole locations. Lindstrom said it’s the first time the aggressive player has tried such a tactic.

“This is how she goes to the next level,” he said.

Engstrom came to the U.S. for the first time in January when the Swedish National Team held a training camp at Orange County National near Orlando, Fla. She said she isn’t sure about her plans after high school but is considering college golf.

Engstrom competed in her first professional tournament – the Helsinborg Open in Sweden – at age 13 and missed the cut. She is one of 25 amateurs in the field this week.

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