In Sweden with a good comeback in the final lap Jonathan Caldwell climbs 9 positions and, with a total of 271 (70 67 70 64, -17) strokes, he wins the Scandinavian Mixed and celebrates his first career title on the European Tour.
Jonathan Caldwell, Scandinavian Mixed
In Gothenburg, in the tournament organized in combination with the Ladies European Tour and which saw 156 competitors (78 men and 78 women), with the professionals and the projectors playing on a par with a single prize pool and a single trophy, was the Northern Irishman.
Caldwell, 37 years old from Bangor, in the last act of the competition with a partial closed in 64 (-8) where he made an eagle, 8 birdies (one of which was decisive in the final) and two bogeys, made the contest his own by overcoming the photo finish the Spaniard Adrian Otaegui, second with 272 (-16).
While in 3 / a position with 273 (-15) the English Alice Hewson was ranked, best project of the competition (she was in the lead after the "moving day" together with Caroline Hedwall, Jason Scrivener and Rhys Enoch).
Top 10 also for the German Olivia Cowan, 10 / a with 278 (-10). While in the final round the Swedish Hedwall slipped to 18 / o place with 280 (-8). Among the blues 52 / a square with 286 (71 68 73 74, -2) for the Florentine Lorenzo Gagli, 69 / a with 293 (69 72 78 74, +5) for the Apulian Francesco Laporta.
First career joy on Eurotour for Caldwell, who returns to win a tournament four years after his second exploit on the PGA EuroPro Tour (he won the Clipper Logistics Championship in September 2016 and the Cobra Puma Golf Championship in July 2017).
Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada. He wrote an article for the LPGA web site. "I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history.
People view us now as married people. We’re the couple, just like any other. That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years.
When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay. But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot.
I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye. Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men.
I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more. It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin.
My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them. I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends.
Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman. I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time.
And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears"