The 24-year-old from northern Finland is attempting to earn her LET card for 2014.
Where are you from in Finland?
I’m from northern Finland, almost in Lapland, Tornio, but I live in Halmstad, Sweden, now. We have reindeer where I live – and Santa Claus! It’s an hour from the Arctic Circle and in the summer the sun doesn’t go down and in the winter it doesn’t come up. The Northern Lights are not so special for us!
You played on the LET Access Series this year and were exempt from the pre-qualifiers. Tell us about your season.
I had five top tens. I started by missing the first three cuts and then in May I started playing well again and I played really steady, from minus one or plus one, it felt like I couldn’t shoot better or worse. I missed some cuts at the end but I made some top tens so it was one good week and one bad.
When did you turn pro?
This is my third year as a pro but first year on the Access Series. I played some events last year but I played on the Swedish tour.
How do you find the Access Series?
It’s been great to play on the same Tour all year and play for a tour card. It’s been fun.
Are you looking forward to the final qualifier?
I’m excited and can’t wait. I think there’s going to be a lot of good putting needed to do well on the course. I feel like I have the game and just need to be patient and wait for the birdies. I’ve played Al Maaden before and I feel it’s a bit easier, a bit easier greens and a bit shorter. I love the Samanah and the mountains and you feel good on the course.
What’s the strength of your game?
I hit it quite straight and quite far.
What’s your weakness?
It’s hard to say. It’s different from week to week but I feel I need to get slightly better in everything.
Tell us why you live in Halmstad?
I moved away from home when I was 14 to go to school and to move to southern Finland. When I turned 18 I moved to Halmstad because they have a university for golfers. I had to decide whether I would go to the USA or Halmstad and there you can be a pro and still go to school. At the same time, the Swedish players are good and I wanted to see what they are doing. For a Finnish person it’s good to know some Swedish as well.
What are your future plans?
The goal is to be an LET player for a couple of years.
Are you targeting the 2016 Olympics?
We don’t have so many lady pros in Finland so that’s something that I really want to do and keeps me working every day.