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Bio

Esther Henseleit started playing golf as a young girl at Golfclub am Meer; in 2013 she moved to Hamburg Golfclub Falkenstein. She has been a member of the German National Team since 2014, won the bronze medal at the International Women's Amateur Championship in 2016 and was nominated for the Junior Solheim Cup in 2017.

In 2019 Esther started playing as Professional Golfer on the Ladies European Tour. As highlight of her young professional career, she won the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit 2019 and the Rookie of the Year Award.
  • Name

    Esther Henseleit

  • Born

    14.1.1999

  • Height

    1,78 m

  • Residence

    Hamburg

  • Languages

    German, English

  • Tours

    LPGA & LET

  • Pro since

    2019

  • Tournament wins

    2 (LET/LETAS)

  • Lowest Round

    64 (-8)

  • Teams

    Elite Team Germany, Hamburger GC

2020

November 20

Esther finished 10th in Saudi Arabia

At the Saudi Ladies Team International Esther was the best German in the individual classification with 6 under par and took a shared 10th place, in the team classification a shared 19th place.
The week before Esther played in the Aramco Saudi Ladies International rounds of 71, 68, 71, 76 and reached a shared 16th place. Both tournaments took place at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Saudi Arabia.

2020

August 13

End of break due to Corona

Due to the Corona pandemic, many golf tournaments were cancelled. After a five-month break, Esther finally started in mid-August to play a series of LET and LPGA events, starting with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the AIG Women's Open. From there she traveled to the USA and despite many restrictions due to hygiene regulations and the fire in western USA, she was able to participate in a total of five professional tournaments, two of them were major events, and return to competitive mode. She achieved her best result at the ANA Inspiration with a shared 51st place.

2020

February 14

Player of the Year 2019 by PGA of Germany

As Esther had a sensational Rookie-Year on the Ladies European Tour, she was named Player of the Year 2019 by the PGA of Germany.
Since she was in Australia for her first LPGA tournaments at the time, her coach Christian Lanfermann accepted the award. She sent a video message with words of thanks and best regards from Down Under.

2019

An unforgettable rookie season

Awards
  • Winner Ladies European Tour Order of Merit 2019
  • Winner Rookie of the Year 2019
  • Player of the Year 2019 by PGA of Germany
  • Hamburg's Sportswoman of the Year 2019
Tournaments (LET)
  • Winner Magical Kenya Ladies Open 2019
  • Winner LETAS Skafto Open 2019

2019

December 11

Hamburg's Player of the Year 2019

At the end of her successful season, Esther was named Hamburg's Player of the Year at the Volksbank Arena. She was voted by the readers of the newspaper "Abendblatt" and five initiators of the 14th Hamburg's Sports Gala and thus prevailed in her category against the runner-up in the Parakanu World Championship Edina Müller and the beach volleyball player Laura Ludwig. 

2019

December 9

Winner Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year

Due to her first LET win in Kenya and her sensational finishes in her very first season as Professional Golfer, she won the LET Order of Merit and the title Rookie of the Year. 

Before her, only Laura Davies and Carlota Ciganda have made this achievement. In her first year on the Ladies European Tour, the 20-year-old will thus go down in the history of the highest European women's golf league. 

2019

December 8

Winner Magical Kenya Ladies Open

Esther won her first tournament on the Ladies European Tour, the Magical Kenya Ladies Open. After three rounds under par (69, 70, 71) she set a course record on the final day with 64 shots (-8) on the Vipingo Ridge golf course, catching up 7 strokes and overtaking the Swedish golfer Julia Engstrom. With a superb 14 strokes under par, Esther won the last tournament of the LET season and thus 45,000 US dollars.

2019

November 3

Qualifying for the LPGA Tour

At the 2019 Q-Series, Esther has earned playing status for the LPGA Tour, the North American Ladies Golf Tour, for the 2020 season. After eight exciting rounds in Pinehurst (North Carolina), she finished T30 and will be allowed to compete in the US next year.

2019

September 29

Esther finished runner-up, just one stroke was missing

After an exciting final round in Sitges (Spain) Esther finished runner-up at the Estrella Dammm Mediterranean Ladies Open with 7 under par. With only one shot ahead, Spanish Golfer Carlota Ciganda won the LET tournament.

2019

June 23

Esther finished runner-up in Thailand

Esther finished the Ladies European Thailand Championship runner-up with 17 strokes under par. After solid rounds of 70, 68, 69, Esther started the final day on the second hole with an eagle and finished a sensational final round of 64. The tournament at the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club was won by Atthaya Thitikul from Thailand with 22 strokes under par.

2019

June 15

Winner Skafto Open

Esther won the LET Access Series Skafto Open in Sweden. With an one-shot lead over her competitors, a final round of 5 under par and a final score of 11 under par, she finally won her first professional tournament.

2019

June 2

Esther's first major

At the US Women's Open 2019, Esther Henseleit finished the first round with 66 strokes and was ranked 2nd. After further rounds of 77, 71 and 73, she finished her first major tournament with 2 over par on a shared 30th place, just as German professional golfer Caroline Masson. Esther had missed the qualification for the US Women's Open by one stroke after a play-off, but as first alternate she still got the chance to participate in Charleston.

2019

May 16

Runner-up in Sotogrande

Esther finished second at the LET tournament La Reserva de Sotogrande in Spain. After rounds of 67, 72, 74, 70 she was missing only one stroke to French winner Celine Herbin. As a Rookie on the Ladies European Tour, Esther was among the top-3 finishers for the third time already. 

2019

May 3

Runner-up in Dubai

With 9 strokes under par, Esther finished runner-up at the LET Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic. After three rounds of 69, 66 and 72, she was only one shot behind the Spanish winner Nuria Iturrioz and shared the second place with German professional golfer Olivia Cowan. 

2019

April 28

Esther finished 4th at Lalla Meryem Cup

At the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco, Esther played 5 strokes under par and finished 4th place, just as the German golfer Laura Fünfstück. She won 15,750 US dollars prize money and made a big step forward in the LET Order of Merit.  

2019

March 17

Esther finished 3rd in South Africa

At the Investec SA Women's Open, Esther was competing the very first time for the victory of a professional tournament on the Ladies European Tour. After rounds of 76, 67 and 70, she scored the shared third place and was only two strokes behind the winner Diksha Dagar, who won with a score of 5 under par. 

2019

March 3

8th place at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic

At Esther's second tournament in Australia, she finished 8th with 7 strokes under par. At the Royal Canberra Golf Club in Canberra she played three strong rounds of 68, 71 and 67 and after only two LET tournaments, she already achieved her second top-10 title.

2019

February 24

Top-10 at the first professional tournament

The Ladies Classic Bonville tournament was the first event on the Ladies European Tour where Esther competed as a professional golfer. With rounds of 73, 74, 73 and a strong final round of 67 and one stroke under par, she finished 9th in Australia.

2018

Esther's last Year as an Amateur

  • Participation European Ladies Team Championship
  • Winner German Team Championship (DGL)
  • Winner European Ladies Club Trophy
  • Winner German Ladies Amateur Championship
  • 2nd European Championship Ladies (Single)
  • 3rd French International Lady Juniors Championship
  • 5th Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship
  • 5th WATC Espirito Santo Trophy (Team)
  • 6th WATC Espirito Santo Trophy (Single)
  • Qualification for the Ladies European Tour 2019

Private: 
  • Esther graduated from high-school
 

2018

December 20

3rd at the LET Qualifying School

Esther finished 3rd at the finals of Lalla Aicha Tour School and received membership for the Ladies European Tour in 2019. After five rounds of 68, 69, 74, 67 and 64 (-18), she received category 5c for the highest European Ladies Golf Tour. She was the best and only amateur to make the leap onto the LET at the Qualifying School in Morocco.

2018

September 1

Esther at the World Team Championship

The DGV women's team finished fifth in the World Team Championships as the best team in Europe. On the O'Meara Course in Ireland, Esther Henseleit achieved the best score of her team with a 66 (-7) and at the same time the second best result of all 180 players. After one eagle, six birdies and one bogey on the last round, she was literally carried on hands by her teammates Sophie Hausmann, Leonie Harm and team captain Pia Halbig. The tournament between a total of 57 nations competing for the Espirito Santo Trophy was won by the USA.

2017

Solheim Cup and four Top-10 titles

  • Participation PING Junior Solheim Cup
  • 5th World Junior Girls Championship
  • 6th Allianz German Girls Open
  • 9th Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship
  • 9th Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship
   

2017

August 16

Esther for Team Europe

Esther always had the dream of playing for Team Europe at the PING Junior Solheim Cup. This dream came true in 2017. She received a wildcard from captain Alison Nicholas and was allowed to play for Team Europe with another eleven players at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club against the Team America.

Esther and teammate Emma Spitz each scored most points and were therefore the best players of the team. In the end Team America won with 14.5 to 9.5.

2016

Two Bronze medals and three further Top-10 titles

  • 3rd German International Ladies Amateur Championship
  • 3rd European Ladies Team Championship
  • 4th Portuguese Int. Ladies Amateur Championship
  • 9th Ladies British Amateur Championship
  • 9th Girls British Amateur

2015

German Champion for the second year in a row

  • Participation European Girls Team Championship
  • Winner German Girls Championship U16
  • Winner Championship of Hamburg (Girls)
  • 2nd German Ladies Championship
  • 2nd Allianz German Girls Open
  • 3rd German International Ladies Amateur Championship
  • 6th Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship
  • 7th Annika Invitational Europe
  • 8th Curro South African Juniors International

2014

German Youth Champion and 3rd in Europe

  • Winner German Youth Championship
  • Winner German Girls Championship U 16
  • Winner European Young Masters (nations ranking)
  • 3rd European Young Masters
  • 3rd German Team Championship (DGL)
  • Nomination for the Girls National Team
 

2013

Moving to Golf Club Hamburg Falkenstein

Esther moved from Golf Club am Meer to Hamburg Golf Club Falkenstein. She decided to take this step because she expected a better long-term prospects for her development through the presence of the women's team in the first league.

2013

Esther won Girls Championship of Hamburg

  • Winner Girls Championship of Hamburg
  • 2nd German Championship Girls U 14
  • 3rd Evian Championship Juniors Cup

2012

German Champion U 14

  • Winner German Championship Girls U 14
  • 2nd Championship of Niedersachsen (Ladies)
  • 2nd Championship of Niedersachsen U 18
  • 2nd Austrian Juniors Open U 14

2011

Two wins for 12-year-old Esther

  • Winner Championship of Niedersachsen U 12
  • Winner Austrian Juniors Open U 12
  • 4th German Championship U 14

2010

Esther's first win

  • Winner Championship of Niedersachsen U 12

2008

The first golf lessons

At the age of nine Esther accompanied her mother to the golf course for the first time. She was immediately enthusiastic about the sport and so she started to play golf at the Golfclub am Meer.

1999

January 14

Esther's childhood

Esther was born on 14th January 1999 and grew up in Varel with her parents and her two sisters.

In the small town in Niedersachsen she went to kindergarten and primary school, in 2005 she went to the Freie Waldorfschule in Oldenburg and successfully finished her A-Levels in 2018.