Nov. 16, 2011
Sarah Louise Ridderström, a veteran member of the Swedish National Team, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at UCLA, Head Coach Carrie Forsyth announced this week.
Ridderström participated in the European Girls Team Championship in Sardinia, Italy in July and helped lead Sweden to a seventh place finish. She tied for 57th individually. In previous team competition, she has played on two Swedish championship squads and one that finished fourth.
"We feel that Louise has a tremendous amount of potential," said Forsyth. "In a climate where she can play 12 months out of the year, her overall game will improve exponentially. She's also a wonderful teammate, who will fit in nicely with our team."
In 2011, playing mostly in the summer, Ridderström recorded six Top 10 results in 13 starts, highlighted by third place finishes at the Skandia Tour Elite 5 and the Skandia Junior Open. She also tied for sixth at the Soderberg Ladies Masters, playing as an amateur in a professional tournament.
In 2010, Ridderström recorded four Top 10 results in 11 starts, topped by a third place finish at the Spanish International Ladies Amateur Championship. She also placed fourth at the JM Slag Flickor, placed seventh at the British Girls Golf Championship and tied for ninth at the French International Ladies Junior Amateur Championship.
In 2009 she finished eighth at the European Young Masters. She has also won the Skandia Cup (the Swedish age group championship) twice.
Ridderström plays out of the same club -- The Golf Club of Stockholm -- that current UCLA All-American Pontus Widegren represented as a junior player. In 2008, they led Danderyd Gymnasium School to the Swedish (high school) golf championship.
Ridderström's father, Lars, was a member of the Swedish National Hockey Team.