As the 2024 Spring Washington State golf season is set to begin, there are multiple golfers looking to build upon what they did in the fall season. One of those is freshman Alice Johansson, who wrapped up a very promising fall season.
Johansson hails from Bollnäs, Sweden, but moved away from home before high school to attend Celsiusskolan National School of Golf in Uppsala. She also played for the Gävle Golf Club and even played for the Sweden National Golf Team. Johansson has a lot of high-level experience from her time in Sweden, racking up multiple tournament wins.
Johansson won the 2021 Angso International Junior Masters Invitational, 2021 Teen Tour Future #3 Uppland, and the 2022 JMI Täby Svea Leasing Junior Open. This resume made her one of the top European prospects and it’s no wonder she caught the eye of Washington State’s coaching staff.
In the summer of 2022 Head Coach Sofie Aagaard went to Sweden to watch Johansson play, shortly after they got in contact about bringing Johansson to WSU and she liked the idea of coming to Pullman early on
“She saw me play and after sent me a text about coming to WSU,” said Johansson. “I looked at the school and it looked nice.”
While Johansson is far from home, she said Pullman feels a lot like home and she’s enjoying the new experience of being in America.
“Pullman is a small town and I’m from a small town in Sweden, so, it’s similar to back home, Johansson said. “America is a new experience, seeing other cultures, meeting new people, and playing new golf courses, I’ve really liked it.”
Despite just being a freshman, Johansson’s high-level experience she gained overseas made her transition to division one golf a lot easier.
“It’s pretty similar to playing college golf, you play against some of the best international players and it’s also a high level in college,” Johansson explained. “Right now, PAC-12 is a high level, so playing some difficult courses with the national team and my high school team helped me a lot.”
Johansson made her Cougar golf debut in the Leadership Golf Invitational on Sept. 18-19. She finished 38th in the tournament shooting eight over par and a 224 through three rounds. Johansson put together a very solid final round shooting just plus one through 18, while making five birdies. This was a very-promising start to her young tenure here at WSU.
She carried the momentum into her second…