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Valdís Þóra Jónsdóttir
Personal information
Born (1989-12-04) 4 December 1989 (age 32)
Akranes, Iceland
Sporting nationality Iceland
Career
CollegeTexas State University
Turned professional2013
Former tour(s)LET (2017–2020)
LET Access Series (joined 2015)
Professional wins3
Best results in LPGA major championships
Chevron ChampionshipDNP
Women's PGA C'shipDNP
U.S. Women's OpenCUT: 2017
Women's British OpenCUT: 2018
Evian ChampionshipDNP
Achievements and awards
Medal record
European Golf Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gleneagles Mixed team

Valdís Þóra Jónsdóttir (born 4 December 1989) is an Icelandic professional golfer who played on the Ladies European Tour between 2017 and 2020.[1] She won the mixed team gold at the 2018 European Golf Team Championships.

Early life and amateur career

Jónsdóttir was born in Akranes and participated in her first golf tournament when she was 8 years old. At 13, she started training seriously, and she was named Athlete of the Year in her hometown Akranes 4 years in a row 2007–2010.[1] She won the Icelandic National Championship in 2009, 2012 and 2017.[2]

She played for the National Team, including at the European Ladies' Team Championship and the 2012 Espirito Santo Trophy. In 2010 she was named Icelandic Golfer of Year.[3]

Jónsdóttir attended Texas State University and played with the Texas State Bobcats women's golf team.[1]

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Professional career

Jónsdóttir turned professional in 2013 and joined the LET Access Series in 2015.[4] In 2016, she tied for 3rd at the Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open, one stroke behind winner Marion Duvernay.[5]

In 2017, Jónsdóttir joined the Ladies European Tour after finishing 2nd at Q-School, behind Madelene Sagström.[6] Her best finnish in her rookie season was a solo 3rd place at the Sanya Ladies Open in China, behind Solar Lee and winner Celine Boutier. She led the season-ending Santander Golf Tour LETAS El Saler by 3 strokes after the first round, but finished solo second, a stroke behind Emma Nilsson.[4] She also qualified for her first major, the 2017 U.S. Women's Open.

In 2018, she finnished third at the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville, again behind winner Celine Boutier. After a tie for 21st at the South African Women's Open, she rose to a career high of 299th in the Women's World Golf Rankings.[7] She qualified for her second major, the 2018 Women's British Open, as one of the top-25 in the LET Order of Merit.

Jónsdóttir represented Iceland at the 2018 European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles, Scotland. She won the mixed team gold together with Ólafía Þórunn Kristinsdóttir, Birgir Hafþórsson and Axel Bóasson.[8]

In 2019, she followed-up a first round 63 with a 70 to hold a two-stroke lead after the second day of the NSW Women's Open.[9] She finished 5th. In 2020, she recorded a 7th place finish at the South African Women's Open, 3 strokes behind winner Alice Hewson.

Plagued for years by a back injury, Jónsdóttir announced her retirement from tour in April 2021.[3]

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LET Access Series

LET Access Series

The LET Access Series (LETAS) is a professional golf tour for women and the official development tour to the Ladies European Tour.

Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open

Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open

The Ribeira Sacra "Patrimonio de la Humanidad" International Ladies Open was a women's professional golf tournament on the LET Access Series, held between 2013 and 2019 near Lugo in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain.

Ladies European Tour

Ladies European Tour

The Ladies European Tour is a professional golf tour for women which was founded in 1978. It is based at Buckinghamshire Golf Club near London in England. Like many UK-based sports organisations it is a company limited by guarantee, a legal structure which enables it to focus on maximising returns to its members through prize money, rather than on making profits for investors. The tour is run by a Board of Directors and a Players' Council. Most of the players on the tour are European, with members from more than 40 countries internationally. The tour operates tournaments across five continents.

Madelene Sagström

Madelene Sagström

Madelene Maria Sagström is a Swedish professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She won the 2020 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio and was runner-up at the 2021 Women's British Open.

Sanya Ladies Open

Sanya Ladies Open

The Sanya Ladies Open was a golf tournament co-sanctioned by the China LPGA Tour, Ladies Asian Golf Tour and the Ladies European Tour from 2010 to 2017. It was played at the Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya, China.

Emma Nilsson (golfer)

Emma Nilsson (golfer)

Emma Nilsson is a Swedish professional golfer and member of the Ladies European Tour. She was runner-up at the 2020 South African Women's Open.

2017 U.S. Women's Open

2017 U.S. Women's Open

The 2017 U.S. Women's Open was the 72nd U.S. Women's Open, held July 13–16 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, west of New York City.

South African Women's Open

South African Women's Open

The South African Women's Open is a golf tournament. It was first played in 1988, is sanctioned by the Women's PGA of South Africa and is played as part of the Sunshine Ladies Tour. The tournament has been co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour 2012–2014 and from 2018.

2018 Women's British Open

2018 Women's British Open

The 2018 Ricoh Women's British Open was played from 2–5 August in England at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Golf Links in Lancashire. It was the 43rd Women's British Open, the 18th as a major championship on the LPGA Tour, and the fifth at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.

2018 European Golf Team Championships

2018 European Golf Team Championships

The 2018 European Golf Team Championships was a golf tournament played in August 2018 at Gleneagles, Scotland. It was the inaugural event and consisted of three competitions – men's, women's and mixed team format. 16 two-player teams took part in both men's and women's competitions.

Birgir Hafþórsson

Birgir Hafþórsson

Birgir Leifur Hafþórsson is an Icelandic professional golfer and former European Tour player. At age 41, he became Iceland's first winner on the Challenge Tour, winning the 2017 Cordon Golf Open in France. He also won the mixed team gold and the men's silver at the 2018 European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Axel Bóasson

Axel Bóasson

Axel Bóasson is an Icelandic professional golfer. In 2017, he became Iceland's first winner on the Nordic Golf League and won the Nordic Golf League Order of Merit. He also won the mixed team gold and the men's silver at the 2018 European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Professional wins (3)

  • 2009 Icelandic National Golf Championship (as an amateur)
  • 2012 Icelandic National Golf Championship (as an amateur)
  • 2017 Icelandic National Golf Championship

Source:[3]

Results in LPGA majors

Results not in chronological order.

Tournament 2017 2018
ANA Inspiration
U.S. Women's Open CUT
Women's PGA Championship
The Evian Championship
Women's British Open CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied

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Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

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European Ladies' Team Championship

European Ladies' Team Championship

The European Ladies' Team Championship is a European amateur team golf championship for women organised by the European Golf Association. The inaugural event was held in 1959.

2009 European Ladies' Team Championship

2009 European Ladies' Team Championship

The 2009 European Ladies' Team Championship took place 7–11 July at Bled Golf & Country Club in Bled, Slovenia. It was the 27th women's golf amateur European Ladies' Team Championship.

2010 European Ladies' Team Championship

2010 European Ladies' Team Championship

The 2010 European Ladies' Team Championship took place 6–10 July at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Spain. It was the 28th women's golf amateur European Ladies' Team Championship.

2011 European Ladies' Team Championship

2011 European Ladies' Team Championship

The 2011 European Ladies' Team Championship took place 5–9 July at Golf Club Murhof in Frohnleiten, Austria. It was the 29th women's golf amateur European Ladies' Team Championship.

Espirito Santo Trophy

Espirito Santo Trophy

The Espirito Santo Trophy is a biennial world amateur team golf championship for women organised by the International Golf Federation.

2012 Espirito Santo Trophy

2012 Espirito Santo Trophy

The 2012 Espirito Santo Trophy took place 27–30 September at the Gloria Golf Club, on its New Course and Old Course in Antalya, Turkey.

European Championships (multi-sport event)

European Championships (multi-sport event)

The European Championships is a multi-sport tournament which brings together the existing European Championships of some of the continent's leading sports every four years. The inaugural edition in 2018 was staged by the host cities of Berlin, Germany and Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom between 2 and 12 August. The second edition in 2022 took place in Munich, Germany. The various Europe-wide championships in the same disciplines that are held outside this quadrennial framework are unaffected by this event.

2018 European Golf Team Championships

2018 European Golf Team Championships

The 2018 European Golf Team Championships was a golf tournament played in August 2018 at Gleneagles, Scotland. It was the inaugural event and consisted of three competitions – men's, women's and mixed team format. 16 two-player teams took part in both men's and women's competitions.

Source: "Valdís Þóra Jónsdóttir", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdís_Þóra_Jónsdóttir.

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References
  1. ^ a b c "Introducing Icelanders who play on US College Golfteams no. 6: Valdís Þóra Jónsdóttir". Golf1. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Kylfingur dagsins - Valdís Þóra Jónsdóttir: Tvíslegið vipp vandræðalegast" (in Icelandic). Kylfingur. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Valdís Þóra Jónsdóttir leggur atvinnuferilinn á hilluna" (in Icelandic). Golfsamband Íslands. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Jonsdottir makes flying start at LETAS season finale". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Results 2016 Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open". LET Access Series. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Ladies European Tour Final Q School". Scottish Golf View. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Valdis Thora Jonsdottir". Women's World Golf Rankings. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Ice-cool Iceland win gold in mixed event". PGA European Tour. 11 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Valdis Still In Command". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
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