Sweden won the gold medal in Mixed Team event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics played at Zhongshan International Golf Club, China, following a play-off victory over Korea. The Swedish pairing of Marcus Kinhult, (who won the Silver Medal in the Men’s Individual Stroke Play event last week), and Linnea Strom won on the second extra hole against Korea when the 18-year-old Kinhult holed an eight foot birdie putt on the par four 18th hole to win the match and gold medals.
The Korean team of Lee Soyoung, (the Women’s Individual Stroke Play Gold Medalist), and Youm Eun Ho finished level with Sweden on 16-under-par. They trailed by one stroke coming down the 18th but Lee rolled in a 12 foot birdie putt to reach the play-off.
For bronze the Italian team of Renato Paratore, (who won Gold in the Men’s Individual Stroke Play), and Virginia Elena Carta came out on top in the play-off against Denmark’s John Paul Pultz Pinnerup Axelsen and Emily Kristine Pedersen by eight shots to nine at the first extra hole.
Linnea commented, “We never gave up and made a lot of birdies today”. Marcus added, “We had a lot of fun playing together as a team. I feel so happy and proud winning the Gold Medal. It’s fun to play as a team and is more enjoyable than individual games. To be part of the team, to be part of the Olympics and to win the gold medal has been so much fun.”