Carin Koch

Carin Koch
2009 LPGA Championship - Carin Koch (1).jpg
Koch at the 2009 LPGA Championship
Personal information
Full name Anna Carin Pernilla Hjalmarsson
Born (1971-02-23) 23 February 1971 (age 50)
Kungälv, Sweden
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  Sweden
Residence Mölndal, Sweden
Partner Thomas Hedén
Children 2
Career
College University of Tulsa
Turned professional 1992
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1995)
Ladies European Tour (joined 1992)
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
Ladies European Tour 1
Other 7
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.

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

  • 1988 Swedish Junior Under 19 Championship

Professional wins (10)

LPGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 27 May 2001 LPGA Corning Classic −18 (68-67-69-66=270) 2 strokes Sweden Maria Hjorth
Scotland Mhairi McKay
2 24 April 2005 Corona Morelia Championship −9 (68-69-71-71=279) 6 strokes France Karine Icher

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1996 Edina Realty LPGA Classic United States Brandie Burton
Sweden Liselotte Neumann
England Suzanne Strudwick
Neumann won with birdie on third extra hole
2 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic United States Kelli Kuehne
Australia Mardi Lunn
South Korea Se-Ri Pak
United States Sherri Steinhauer
Australia Karrie Webb
Pak won with birdie on first extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 4 Jun 2000 Chrysler Open −11 (70-73-65-69=277) 4 strokes England Samantha Head

Swedish Golf Tour wins (6)

Other wins (1)

Results in LPGA majors

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship CUT CUT CUT T17
LPGA Championship CUT T18 T53 T18 T36 T40
U.S. Women's Open T40 CUT T13 T5 T31
du Maurier Classic CUT CUT CUT T63 T9 12
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Kraft Nabisco Championship T15 T5 T16 T30 T24 T61 T63 CUT T64
LPGA Championship T17 T6 T11 T7 T49 CUT CUT T69
U.S. Women's Open CUT T37 CUT T10 CUT T28 CUT CUT CUT
Women's British Open ^ T56 T8 T50 T13 T15 CUT CUT CUT T55
Tournament 2011 2012
Kraft Nabisco Championship
LPGA Championship
U.S. Women's Open
Women's British Open ^ CUT T43

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

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

Summary

  • Starts – 58
  • Wins – 0
  • 2nd-place finishes – 0
  • 3rd-place finishes – 0
  • Top 3 finishes – 0
  • Top 5 finishes – 2
  • Top 10 finishes – 7
  • Top 25 finishes – 19
  • Missed cuts – 21
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

LPGA Tour career summary

Year Wins Earnings ($) Money list rank Average
1995 0 129,313 48 72.54
1996 0 128,772 50 73.26
1997 0 70,802 87 73.04
1998 0 207,432 35 72.34
1999 0 260,962 33 71.98
2000 0 329,377 28 72.40
2001 1 421,329 25 71.69
2002 0 785,817 8 70.91
2003 0 155,023 58 72.20
2004 0 568,404 20 71.04
2005 1 612,036 21 71.59
2006 0 223,664 60 72.61
2007 0 152,232 69 74.22
2008 0 313,468 54 72.58
2009 0 55,855 111 73.77
2010 0 10,882 n/a 74.00
2011 0 0 n/a 78.50
2012 0 14,564 138 75.75

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 16 10–3–3 2–1–1 5–0–2 3–2–0 11.5 71.9%
2000 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 def M. Redman 2&1 1–0–0 won w/C. Nilsmark 2&1 1–0–0 won w/C. Nilsmark 2&1 3 100%
2002 5 4–0–1 0–0–1 halved w/ B. Daniel 2–0–0 won w/A. Sörenstam 3&2, won w/A. Sörenstam 4&3 2–0–0 won w/ M. McKay 3&2, won w/A. Sörenstam 4&3 4.5 90%
2003 4 1–2–1 0–1–0 lost to J. Inkster 5&4 1–0–1 halved w/L. Davies, won w/A. Sörenstam 3&2 0–1–0 lost w/A. Sörenstam 1dn 1.5 37.5%
2005 4 2–1–1 1–0–0 def M. Redman 2&1 1–0–1 halved w/C. Matthew, won w/ S. Gustafson 5&3 0–1–0 lost w/C. Matthew 1dn 2.5 62.5%

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