Meet the LET Rookies - Part 2

We showcase eight of the 43 talented golfers who are set for their rookie season on the Ladies European Tour in 2013.
 Elina Nummenpaa from Finland

We showcase eight of the 43 talented golfers who are set for their rookie season on the Ladies European Tour in 2013.

Paula Hurtado

Country: Colombia

Date of Birth: February 5, 1990

Place of Birth: Medellin, Colombia

Turned professional: 2012

Height: 5"10

Hair colour: Dark Brown

Eye colour: Brown

Started golf: Aged 7 years

Greatest influences: Parents

Hobbies/interests: Cycling, playing volleyball and going to the gym.

Amateur record: 64.

Career highlights: Won the Junior Local Ranking of Antioquia, Colombia every year from 2003-2007. Qualified for the South American Championship in 2006 and 2007. Won the  Junior National Championship Medal Play “Arturo Calle Cup” – Club Hatogrande, Bogotá, Colombia 2006. Junior National Championship Match Play “Eduardo Herrera Cup” – Club Llanogrande, Medellín, Colombia and Junior National Ranking – Colombia 2007.

National Youth Championship – Club Farallones, Cali, Colombia 2006.International Juvenile and Junior Championship “Alpina Cup” – San Andrés Golf Club, Bogotá, Colombia 2006.International Juvenile and Junior Championship Guatemala City – Mayan Golf Club, Guatemala City, Guatemala 2006. Athlete of the Year Club Campestre el Rodeo, Medellín, Colombia – 2006 – 2007. Junior South American Championship – Valencia, Venezuela 2005. Junior South American Championship – Sao Paulo, Brazil 2007. Junior South American Championship – Bucaramanga, Colombia 2008.

University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR) Golf Classic – Arkansas 2008. Ranking Sunbelt Conference – 2008. Morehead State University (MSU) Spring Kick off – Oxnard, California 2008. Betle Lou Evans Invitational – 2009. Wolverine Invitational – Ann Arbor, Michigan 2010.Freshman of the Year Sunbelt Conference 2008. All Conference (Award given to the top 10 players on each conference) – 2008 – 2009 – 2010. One of the 9 players chosen to compete individually on the NCAA Championships. FIU VIP Player – 2008.FIU Athlete of the Year – 2010. FIU MVP Player  – 2009 – 2010 – 2011. Golfweek Magazine Player of the week – 2010.

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2013: T15th.


Daniela Holmqvist

Country: Sweden

Date of Birth: May 03, 1988 

Place of Birth: Berne, Switzerland 

Turned professional: Oct 08, 2012

Height: 165cm

Hair colour: Dark blonde

Eye colour: Blue

Started golf: Jan 01, 1992

Greatest influences: My father, my grandfather and my coach Torsten Hanson.

Hobbies/interests: All kind of sports.

Famous relatives: Daniela’s father, Hans Holmqvist, was a professional football player, with 27 caps (4 goals) for the Swedish national side. Daniela’s grandfather was also a golfer from Sweden, and is a Senior European Champion.

University: University of California, Berkeley, US.

College Highlights: Won Conference USA individual title as a freshman (by 10 strokes). Conference USA Freshman of the Year, State of Louisiana Freshman of the Year and Sugar Bowl Athlete of the Month. Transferred to UC Berkeley as a sophomore, where she helped the team win six NCAA-sanctioned events including the 2012 Pac-12 Championships. Named to the ”All Pac-12” team each year she was eligible (2011 and 2012). First Cal female golfer to be named Pac 12 ”Golfer of the Month” (March 2012). Never finished out of Top 5 individually at NCAA-sanctioned events during final semester at Cal, except for the West Regionals (16th) and including a victory at Anuenue Spring Break Classic at Kapalua. 2012 NCGA as well as Golfweek All-American. Holmqvist became the first female golfer from the University of California to be named the Pac-12 Golfer of the Month in March 2012.

Amateur Highlights: Is the highest ranked Swedish amateur, member of 2011 and 2012 Swedish National Team and winner of 2011 European Team Championship (7-under in final match against Spain; closed out that match on the 12th hole). Ranked Top 20 in Golfweek’s as well as Golfstat Collegiate Rankings. Placed T3 in the 2012 British Amateur Championships stroke play part and 9th in the match play. Won the Stockholm championships by 9 strokes at European Tour venue Bro Hof Golf Course in 2012 and set a course record 68. Selected to represent Sweden as the number one player in the 2012 World Amateur Championships. Has played 12 events in 2012, with 9 top 5 finishes and 10 top 10s.

Professional Tournament Highlights: Won the 2009 SAS Masters Volkswagen Open as an amateur. Won two European professional mini-tour events:  Skyways Open and The Chrysantemum. Was the low Amateur as well as the tournament runner-up in the 2012 Ladies Norwegian Challenge, a Ladies European Access Tournament. Added 3 top 10 finishes in the consecutive tournaments she played on the LETAS tour.

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School: T17th.


Whitney Hillier

Country: Australia

Date of Birth: Dec 01, 1990 

Place of Birth: Geraldton

Turned professional: 1st January 2013

Height: 5'9'' 

Hair colour: Brown with caramel

Eye colour: Brown

Started golf: Jul 16, 1997

Greatest influence: Coach David Milne, mental coach Lawrie Montague, parents.

Hobbies/interests: beach, music, travelling, swimming.

Famous relatives: David Mould, steeplechase jockey for The Queen Mother and Marion Mould, show jumper.

Amateur record: 2012 Lake Macquarie amateur champion, 2012 Riversdale Cup Champion, 2012 Malaysian Amateur champion, 2012 Trans national stroke play champion, 2012 Espirito Santo Amateur Team Championships, Australia 3rd.

Career Highlights: 2006 St Andrews Junior Ladies Open; 2008 Australian Junior Champion; Golf Australia national team squad member.

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School:T17th


Elina Nummenpaa

Country: Finland

Date of Birth: 7.9.1983

Place of Birth: Turku, Finland

Turned professional:2011

Height: 162cm

Hair colour:Blonde

Eye colour:Blue

Started golf:1996

Greatest influences: 


Current residence: Tampere, Finland

Amateur record: Finnish Amateur Champion 2009

Career highlights:Finnish champion 2009, Lalla Aicha Tour School

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2013: T20th.


Virginia Espejo

Country: Spain

Date of Birth: June 18, 1989

Place of Birth:  Madrid

Turned professional: March 2012

Height: 174cm

Hair colour: brown

Eye colour: brown

Started golf: Aged 13

Greatest influences: First coaches ,Freddy Lilly and Miguel Carrasco and parents.

Hobbies/interests: Playing sports, listening to music and watching movies.

Current residence: Madrid.

Amateur record: Attended the University of Southern Mississippi on a golf scholarship.

Career highlights: Making it through the 2013 LET Lalla Aicha Tour school

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2013: T20th.


Sarah King

Country: Australia

Date of Birth Jun 23, 1986 

Place of Birth: Mount Gambier, South Australia 

Turned professional: Dec 31, 2011

Height: 5ft 5" 

Hair colour: Brown

Eye colour: Brown

Started golf: Jan 01, 1998

Greatest influence: Parents and Fiona Pike.

Hobbies/interests: Fitness, all sports, reading, spending time with family and friends, cycling.

Amateur record: Winner 2008 Dunes Medal, Winner 2008 Tasmanian Women's Strokeplay, Winner 2011 South Australian Amateur Championship.

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School: T20th.


Cathryn Bristow

Country: New Zealand

Date of Birth Nov 14, 1984

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand 

Turned professional: Jan 01, 2010 

Height: 1.7m

Colour of Hair: Dark brown 

Colour of Eyes: Hazel

Started golf: Jan 01, 1998

Greatest influence: Coach Arron Cole

Hobbies/interests: all sports, reading, movies, food, hanging with my family  

Amateur record: Competer for New Zealand at the World Amateur Team Championships, 2008: competed for NZ at the Queen Sirikit Cup, 2008, 5th place.

University: University of Oregon, USA, Psychology Degree

Career highlights: 1 win on the Futures Tour, now Symetra Tour at the Pennsylvania Classic, 2011; 1 win on the ALPG Tour, Moss Vale Pro-am, 2012.

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School: T25th   


Laura Jansone

Country: Latvia

Date of Birth: Jul 24, 1988

Place of Birth: Riga, Latvia

Turned professional: Feb 01, 2011

Height: 170 cm, 5'6" 

Hair colour: Blonde

Eye colour: Green

Started golf: Jul 01, 1999

Greatest influences: Dad and Santa Puce

Hobbies/interests: Snowboarding, yoga, painting, dancing, shopping.

Famous relatives: Nils Jansons (Inline extreme rollerblading).

Amateur record: Six-time Latvian Junior Champion (2000, 2001, 2003-2006).Three-time winner of the Latvian Amateur Championship (2004, 2006, 2007).

University: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA.

Greatest achievements: Recorded four wins in collegiate competition while at East Tennessee State University. Named the 2007 Atlantic Sun (A-Sun) Conference Freshman of the Year.

Three-time A-Sun Conference First Team selection (2007, 2008, 2010). Competed in two World Amateur Team Championships (2008, 2010).Two-time individual winner of the A-Sun Conference Women's Golf Championship (2008, 2010). Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year.

Position at Lalla Aicha Tour School: T25th

Article from Ladies European Tour:
Published: 14/01/2013

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