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Mia Landegren's Magical Spring Continues on the Golf Course. A story from John Torsiello.

POSTED June 10, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney



Mia Landegren. The Shepaug sophomore has been turning heads on the golf course and is looking to get even better. Bad news for those who play against her this season.

By, JOHN TORSIELLO

Mia Landegren keeps on astounding us with her stellar play on the golf course.

On Tuesday, only a day after earning All-State honors at the CIAC Boys Division IV golf tournament at Tallwood Country Club in Hebron, she returned to the course and shot a 75 to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Public Links Championships. The prestigious event will be played at the acclaimed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, June 27 through July 2.

Amateur golfers who are members of a public club are eligible to try and qualify for the Public Links Championship. Landegren plays out of Danbury’s Richter Park Golf Course.

On Monday, she earned All-State honors when she fired a similar score to finish fourth at Tallwood in the Boys Division IV state tournament. The top10 finishers and ties earn All-State status in each of four divisional tournaments held around the state.

“Playing Tallwood on Monday helped me in the qualifying for the Public Links,” she said. “I had some course knowledge. I had a good day driving the ball but my putting was a little off or I would have shot lower.”

She made 15 pars and three bogeys on her round Tuesday over the par-72 layout.

She isn’t quite sure whether she will actually be able to compete in Oregon, as an annual summer sojourn to Sweden looms.

“We’re trying to work out the details but I’m undecided whether I’ll play or not,” she commented. “Sweden is the main priority right now so anything else is up in the air.” Landegren will also not defend her girls New England Championship because of her trip to Sweden. Landegren trains in the Scandinavian country and competes in international events while there.

On making All-State, she said, “It was a goal of mine and I was very excited to make the top 10. I played pretty well and went into the tournament confident. It was greens in regulation and playing steady golf.”

She finished three shots behind winner Eric Johnson of East Catholic. Landegren, who made two birdies, went out early and was the leader in the clubhouse for almost five hours before Portland’s Jon Sajdak came in with a 74.

The Bridgewater resident, after finishing off the Berkshire League season in strong fashion with four straight rounds of nine holes in the 30’s, attempted to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open two weeks ago at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, Ma. She missed the cut, shooting rounds of 82 and 78, but said the trip was worth the effort.

“It was my first try at qualifying for the Open and it was a great experience,” said the 15-year-old. “It was an awesome tournament to play in and I got paired with a college freshman and a woman who plays on the LPGA and European women’s Tour. I was able to talk to them about what it is like playing at those levels and gained some incredible knowledge.”

The conditions at Crestview were not conducive to scoring, with the fairways extremely wet from the rain the area had been receiving, which conspired to make the 6,800-yard track play much longer.

“We hardly got any rolls on our drives,” said Landegren, “which meant we were hitting a lot of woods into greens. A drove the ball well that day but I missed some greens and couldn’t get up and down enough or make enough putts.”

Landegren said she had a touch of verves at the start of the 36-hole round.

“Everybody is nervous on the first tee in a big tournament. But I settled down and I thought I played well. My drives were right up there with the women I was playing with, so that made me feel good because I eventually want to play at the professional level.”

Landegren skipped the Berkshire League Tournament at Harwinton’s Fairview Farm Golf Course, which is conducted to determine the all-star team, because she competed in the Connecticut Women’s Open, where she finished tied for 11th. She shot rounds of 79 and 78 at the Golf Club at Oxford Greens, to finish 13 shots behind winner Jordan Lintz of Milford, a former LPGA player and teaching professional at Great River Golf Club.

“For me it was smarter to play in the Connecticut Open,” she said of skipping the BL Tournament, where she certainly would have made the all-star squad.

Landegren also teamed with Ross Mackay at The Chappa Memorial Golf Tournament at Longshore Country Club in Westport where the pair shot a 71 to tie for 17th place.

She said, “I’m hitting the ball well, much better than last year. My first season I felt a lot of pressure but this year I understand how things work, remembered the courses and felt a lot less stress.”

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