Although Lindblad doesn’t know Prince’s, she’s had links experience in the past and knows what to expect from the challenge that lies ahead on the Kent coast.
She said, “It’s important to keep the ball in play. It’s a long week so it’s important to be rested for the match play. Last year is last year, but I feel like my links experience from both The Women’s Amateur and the European Team Championship (at Conwy) will put me in a good position for this year.”
Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, 18, was runner-up in last year’s R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship at Carnoustie. The rising Spanish star won the 2022 Spanish Women’s Amateur and has finished in the top-five in two Ladies’ European Tour events.
She began playing golf aged five and has a determined approach to the game ahead of competing at Prince’s. “When I go out to compete, I don’t pay attention to what tournament it is or who I’m playing against,” she said. “I want to win from day one!”
After a record 232 entries for the Championship, there are no fewer than 27 competitors from GB&I who will start the stroke play stage – including last year’s champion Jess Baker.
Baker took the title in Norfolk last year after defeating Sweden’s Louise Rydqvist by 4&3 in a thrilling Final and is joined by fellow English hope Annabell Fuller at Prince’s, making a remarkable seventh appearance in the Championship.