L.E.T. Helsingborg Open. Kim Cruising in Sweden. September 05 2013

The Helsingborg Open I.K. Kim leads the Helsingborg Open on the Tournament Course at Vasatorp Golf Club in Sweden, cruising to the top of the leaderboard with her first round -7 under par 65. In-Kyung Kim / Getty In-Kyung likes Sweden and the Vasatorp Golf Club course; “Sweden is one of the countries that I really admire and I have some great friends from here so I wanted to visit. I’m pleased with how I played. There are a few long and challenging holes but I played well on the par fives and had some good up and downs.” Sweden's Pernila Lindberg, in second place at -6 under par is yet to win on Tour but has finished second twice on the LET, she was happy to be back home; “For me it’s great coming home and it’s the first time ever I get to play a tournament as a professional in Sweden. 2008 was the last time we had an LET event as I played as an amateur back then but since then I haven’t had the chance to come home and play so it feels really good.” In a truely International field there are a total of nine players who are a further two strokes back on -4 under par. They are Swedes Maria Hjorth and Camilla Lennarth, Frenchwomen Gwladys Nocera, Jade Schaeffer and Valentine Derrey, Australian Nikki Garrett, Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang, Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic and England’s Liz Young. Camilla spoke about her roller coaster round; “It was kind of a roller coaster front nine and had everything from a double bogey to an eagle but I sorted it out on the back nine and was more steady. I feel like I’ve been up there quite a few times its just a matter of being consistent. I’m up there and have to learn from everything.” Local player Caroline Hedwall, competing 15 minutes from her family home in Helsingborg,  opened with a -3 under 69, she said she is under pressure to play well in front of her home crowd;  “I think I was playing really solid. I hit 18 greens and had a lot of birdie chances out there and just made three of them. I’m happy with 69 and I think it’s a decent start. I.K. was playing well and Anna too. We were playing solid and trying to make putts. Of course its pressure and I want to play well in front of my home crowd and I put a lot of pressure on myself so I have to overcome that.”