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Linda Henriksson Claims Victory on LETAS

Finland isn't a country typically associated with great golf. But there are a slew of young, female Finnish golfers, both on pro tours and at American colleges, who are starting to change that.

One of them is Linda Henriksson, who just claimed her first victory on the LET Access Series, the feeder circuit to the Ladies European Tour. Linda won the 2017 VP Bank Ladies Open in Switzerland, a tournament that concluded on May 6.

There was an odd ending to regulation play. The final round was played in very blustery conditions, very tough on scoring: Not a single player broke par in the final round. Henriksson's even-par 72 was tied for low round of the day, and she finished at 4-under 212. That was a total she thought would be good enough to win and, indeed, Henriksson appeared to have a 1-stroke victory.

But it turned out the scoreboard operators had made a mistake: Nina Pegova, of Russia, was actually one stroke better than her score appeared on the scoreboard. Pegova also finished at 4-under. So instead of winning by a shot, Henriksson had to go into a playoff.

Not to worry, thought - Linda ended it with a birdie on the first extra hole.

"I was extremely nervous in this play-off, my knees were trembling, and the last putt took an hour," Henriksson afterward.

She can rest easy about her schedule for the rest of the year now, having secured - along with the first victory - entry into all remaining LETAS events in 2017.

She's also pretty good at trick shots:

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