After a victory on the LPGA Mediheal Championship in June and a runner-up on the Volunteers of America Basic firstly of July, it appeared a foregone conclusion that Finland’s Matilda Castren had earned her manner onto Workforce Europe for September’s Solheim Cup. But Castren lacked one important ingredient for a go to Inverness Membership: membership on the Girls European Tour.
With LET’s Q-school not till after the Cup (the final Q college was in January 2020), Castren’s solely alternative to earn her membership in time to play for Europe this fall was profitable an LET occasion whereas taking part in on an exemption, and grabbing the membership that comes with a win for non-members.
So it was that Castren flew house to Finland to play the Gant Girls Open, the primary of 4 possibilities she was going to get this summer season to attempt to win and get that membership wanted earlier than the Solheim roster was finalized. It turned out to be the one alternative she wanted, as Castren gained the 54-hole Gant Girls Open on Saturday by three strokes at Aura Golf in Turku, Finland, taking pictures a final-round 68 for a five-under 208 complete for a life-changing victory.
“I’m so comfortable about this! I couldn’t be happier,” Castren mentioned after her win. “It was what I got here right here for, and it’s unbelievable that I pulled it off.”
With first-time wins on each excursions, Castren’s Rolex World Ranknig has soared. In July 2020, she was 931st, and had moved as much as 211th at first of this season. She got here into this week in Finland ranked 58th and can climb with the newest win.
“It has been my dream since I used to be little lady to be on the Solheim Cup,” Castren mentioned. “It’s one among my objectives that I knew could be doable sooner or later. Every part has occurred actually shortly this 12 months and to have the ability to be thought of is such an honor. Hopefully it’ll occur, and I will characterize Finland and Workforce Europe.”
Castren can play her manner onto the European staff by being within the high two in LET Solheim Cup factors, be within the high 4 Europeans within the Rolex World Rankings, or develop into a captain”s decide by European captain Catriona Matthew. Castren is 20 world rating spots behind Charley Hull for the ultimate place.
Matthew took discover of the win and tweeted congratulations to Castren on the clutch victory.
Matthew shared with Golf Digest by electronic mail Wednesday earlier than the Gant Girls Open that she needs Castren representing Europe on the Cup.
“In fact I’d need her [Castren] on my staff,” Matthew mentioned. “There’s a actual risk she is going to quickly be our highest-ranked participant. … Hopefully she will get the win and make all of it go away.”
With the exhausting a part of incomes LET membership carried out, Castren is effectively on her solution to reaching her childhood dream.