We profile those to watch in Norfolk, with many high up the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®)…
Ingrid Lindblad, Sweden, WAGR 2
Lindblad arrives in Norfolk after an 11th place finish in the US Women’s Open, taking low amateur honours. Her opening six-under-par 65 was a new record for low round by an amateur in America’s national championship. That was no surprise, given the Swede has set all sorts of records at Louisiana State University. She broke the all-time win record, male or female, when she won the Clemson Invitational in March for her eighth victory in less than three seasons at LSU.
She has since triumphed a ninth time, winning the SEC Women’s Golf Championship, her fifth victory this season, another LSU record. She was runner-up in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship by one shot before a third-place finish in the NCAA D1 Women's Championship. Outside the United States, Lindblad counts victory in the 2021 European Ladies Amateur Championship and two professional wins in Sweden the previous year.
Emma Spitz, Austria, WAGR 8
Spitz already owns one major R&A title. She made history at Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland in 2018 by becoming the first Austrian to win the Girls’ Amateur title, defeating compatriot Isabelle Holpfer 2&1. She now plays college for UCLA, where she has three victories.
Her most recent win came in April in Chambers Bay Invitational, where she was the only player in the field to better par over 54 holes. She warmed up for that event by placing 12th in the Augusta Women’s Amateur Championship, but finished third in 2021. She has played in two Arnold Palmer Cup teams (2020 and 2021).
Caley McGinty, England, WAGR 9
The Bristol native enters the championship as the highest ranked Great Britain & Ireland player on the WAGR table. Results over the last few seasons back up McGinty’s status as top home player. She was a three-time winner at Kent State University before transferring to Oklahoma State University.
The England international made an immediate impact at OSU by winning the Schooner Fall Classic and Jim West Challenge. She finished equal 12th on her debut in this year’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. McGinty has just made her second appearance in the Curtis Cup at Merion. She also helped England win the 2021 European Ladies’ Team Championship and Home Internationals.