Carin Koch

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Carin Koch
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Koch at the 2009 LPGA Championship
Personal information
Full nameAnna Carin Pernilla Hjalmarsson
Born (1971-02-23) 23 February 1971 (age 49)
Kungälv, Sweden
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
NationalityFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
ResidenceMölndal, Sweden
PartnerThomas Hedén
Children2
Career
College University of Tulsa
Turned professional1992
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1995)
Ladies European Tour (joined 1992)
Professional wins4
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour2
Ladies European Tour1
Other7
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T5: 2002
Women's PGA C'ship T6: 2002
U.S. Women's Open T5: 1999
du Maurier Classic T9: 1999
Women's British Open T8: 2002

Anna Carin Pernilla Hjalmarsson Koch (née Hjalmarsson) (born 23 February 1971) is a Swedish professional golfer who previously played on the Ladies European Tour and on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She was captain of the 2015 European Solheim Cup team.

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Amateur career

Carin Koch had a successful amateur career. She represented Gullbringa Golf & Country Club, in Kungälv, north of Gothenburg, Sweden, just as elder Swedish female stars Kärstin Ehrnlund and Helen Alfredsson. She was the 1988 Swedish Junior 18 Match-play Champion. She represented Sweden on both junior level and in the national amateur team during the period 1985–1991. She was part of the winning Swedish team at the 1990 European Lady Junior's Team Championship at Shannon Golf Club on Ireland, with, among others, Annika Sörenstam. [1] [2]

Koch enrolled at the University of Tulsa and was named Second-Team All-American in 1990 and Scholar All-American in 1991. [3]

Between 1987 and 1991 she played eight times on the Swedish Golf Tour, at the time named the Telia Tour, as an amateur, never finishing outside the top ten. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] She turned professional in 1992. [9]

Professional career

1992 was her rookie year on the Ladies European Tour. She won the Swedish Golf Tour (at the time named the Telia Tour) Order of Merit in both 1992 [10] and 1993, [11] winning three tournaments each year.

In 1994, she finished fourth on the Asian Order of Merit and tied for fifth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1995 LPGA season. [2]

In 1995, her rookie season, her best LPGA finish was a tie for second at the JAL Big Apple Classic. She also gained two top ten finishes on the Ladies European Tour. In 1996 she almost gained her maiden LPGA victory, losing the Edina Realty Classic to Liselotte Neumann in a playoff. [2]

In the 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, Koch had a two shot lead with just the final hole to play. Her caddie gave her the wrong club and she made a double bogey to drop into a six-way sudden death playoff, won by Se Ri Pak. [12] In 2000, Koch won her maiden European title at the 2000 Chrysler Open. [13] She was a member of the victorious European Solheim Cup Team, where she went 3-0 as a "rookie" and sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to win her match against Michele Redman to clinch the European Team's victory. [14] She also teamed with Sophie Gustafson to win the inaugural TSN Ladies' World Cup of Golf. [15]

In 2001, she became an LPGA maiden winner at the LPGA Corning Classic. [16] At the start of 2002, Carin topped a Playboy internet poll as the sexiest women on the LPGA but declined to pose for them nude. [17] This was the year Koch recorded a career-best 13 top-10 finishes, including three runner-up finishes and was a captain's pick for the European Solheim Cup team. [18] In 2003, Koch gave birth to her second child, but still played well enough to be a captain's pick for the 2003 Solheim Cup, won by the Europeans in her native Sweden. [19]

In 2005, she won her second career LPGA event at the Corona Morelia Championship. [20] and was again a captain's pick for the 2005 Solheim Cup. [21] She teamed up with Sophie Gustafson to represent Sweden at the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf [22] and was also a member of the International team at the inaugural Lexus Cup. [23] She also played in the 2007 Women's World Cup of Golf with Helen Alfredsson. [24]

In April 2014, Koch was named European team captain for the 2015 Solheim Cup. [25] The 2015 match, played at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, Germany, ended in a U.S. win 14½–13½, after a strong American come-back the last day.

Personal life

Since 2014, Koch is an honorary member of Hills Golf and Sports Club in Mölndal, south of Gothenburg, Sweden, were she is head of the Hills Business Club. [26]

She was formerly married to golf professional Stefan Koch. During her LPGA Tour career, they lived in Phoenix, Arixona, United States, with their two children, Oliver and Simzon. She now lives in Mölndal, Sweden and uses her maiden name Carin Hjalmarsson.

Amateur wins

Professional wins (10)

LPGA Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
127 May 2001 LPGA Corning Classic −18 (68-67-69-66=270)2 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Maria Hjorth
Flag of Scotland.svg Mhairi McKay
224 April 2005 Corona Morelia Championship −9 (68-69-71-71=279)6 strokes Flag of France.svg Karine Icher

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
11996 Edina Realty LPGA Classic Flag of the United States.svg Brandie Burton
Flag of Sweden.svg Liselotte Neumann
Flag of England.svg Suzanne Strudwick
Neumann won with birdie on third extra hole
21999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Flag of the United States.svg Kelli Kuehne
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mardi Lunn
Flag of South Korea.svg Se-Ri Pak
Flag of the United States.svg Sherri Steinhauer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb
Pak won with birdie on first extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
14 Jun 2000 Chrysler Open −11 (70-73-65-69=277)4 strokes Flag of England.svg Samantha Head

Swedish Golf Tour wins (6)

Other wins (1)

Results in LPGA majors

Tournament199519961997199819992000
Kraft Nabisco Championship CUTCUTCUTT17
LPGA Championship CUTT18T53T18T36T40
U.S. Women's Open T40CUTT13T5T31
du Maurier Classic CUTCUTCUTT63T912
Tournament2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kraft Nabisco Championship T15T5T16T30T24T61T63CUTT64
LPGA Championship T17T6T11T7T49CUTCUTT69
U.S. Women's Open CUTT37CUTT10CUTT28CUTCUTCUT
Women's British Open ^T56T8T50T13T15CUTCUTCUTT55
Tournament20112012
Kraft Nabisco Championship
LPGA Championship
U.S. Women's Open
Women's British Open ^CUTT43

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut.
"T" tied

Summary

LPGA Tour career summary

YearWinsEarnings ($)Money list rankAverage
19950129,3134872.54
19960128,7725073.26
1997070,8028773.04
19980207,4323572.34
19990260,9623371.98
20000329,3772872.40
20011421,3292571.69
20020785,817870.91
20030155,0235872.20
20040568,4042071.04
20051612,0362171.59
20060223,6646072.61
20070152,2326974.22
20080313,4685472.58
2009055,85511173.77
2010010,882n/a74.00
201100n/a78.50
2012014,56413875.75

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record

YearTotal
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career1610–3–32–1–15–0–23–2–011.571.9%
2000 33–0–01–0–0 def M. Redman 2&11–0–0 won w/C. Nilsmark 2&11–0–0 won w/C. Nilsmark 2&13100%
2002 54–0–10–0–1 halved w/ B. Daniel2–0–0 won w/A. Sörenstam 3&2, won w/A. Sörenstam 4&32–0–0 won w/ M. McKay 3&2, won w/A. Sörenstam 4&34.590%
2003 41–2–10–1–0 lost to J. Inkster 5&41–0–1 halved w/L. Davies, won w/A. Sörenstam 3&20–1–0 lost w/A. Sörenstam 1dn1.537.5%
2005 42–1–11–0–0 def M. Redman 2&11–0–1 halved w/C. Matthew, won w/ S. Gustafson 5&30–1–0 lost w/C. Matthew 1dn2.562.5%

Notes and references

  1. "Golf - Den Stora Sporten'" [Golf - the Great Sport] (in Swedish). Swedish Golf Federation 100 Years. pp. 193, 198, 211, 220, 225.
  2. 1 2 3 "Carin Koch Full Career Bio" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  3. "Tulsa All-Americans". University of Tulsa. Archived from the original on 26 February 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  4. "1987 Results Telia Tour". Golfdata. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  5. "1988 Results Telia Tour". Golfdata. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  6. "1989 Results Telia Tour". Golfdata. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  7. "1990 Results Telia Tour". Golfdata. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  8. "1991 Results Telia Tour". Golfdata. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  9. "Carin Koch Player Profile". LET. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  10. "1992 Results Telia Tour". Golfdata. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  11. "1993 Results Telia Tour". Golfdata. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  12. Park, Martin (10 August 2002). "Koch vows to pay attention". LET. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  13. "Sweden's Carin Koch wins Chrysler Open". CBC Sports. 4 June 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  14. "Solheim Cup Player Profile: Carin Koch". LET. 4 September 2002. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  15. "Swedes hold off English pair". BBC News. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  16. "Koch pips McKay to title". BBC Sport. 27 May 2001. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  17. "Sex & the LPGA". Golf for Women. Archived from the original on 29 March 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  18. "Reid chooses wild cards amid controversy". LET. 25 August 2002. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  19. "European Team announced". LET. 25 August 2003. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  20. "Koch wins Corona Morelia Championship". LET. 25 April 2005. Archived from the original on 25 October 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  21. "The 2005 European Solheim Cup team announced". LET. 28 August 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  22. "Women's World Cup of Golf: Twenty teams confirmed". LET. 17 December 2004. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  23. "Internationals win The Lexus Cup". LET. 12 December 2005. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  24. "Teams confirmed for Women's World Cup of Golf". LET. 23 November 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  25. "Carin Koch Named 2015 European Solheim Cup Team Captain". LPGA. 11 April 2004.
  26. "Carin Hjalmarsson". Hills Golf & Sports Club. 26 November 2019.
  27. 1 2 "Golf - Den Stora Sporten'" [Golf - the Great Sport] (in Swedish). Swedish Golf Federation 100 Years. pp. 192, 198, 199.

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