The recently crowned LETAS Order of Merit Champion, Tiia Koivisto, sat down with us to share a cup a tea and a few Tour tales that led to her winning the prestigious accolade and earning that all-important Ladies European Tour card for 2021.

Unstoppable all year, Koivisto captured her maiden LETAS title with a dominating performance at the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge as well as recording a runner-up finish and a further two top-5s from five starts… finishing the year with an impressive scoring average of 69.6 and a cumulative total score of 34-under-par.

Hometown: Mantsala, Finland

Home Course: Hirvihaaran

Age: 26

Started Golf: 15-years-old

School: High School. Left Age 19

Turned Pro: 2016

Handicap: +2

It felt good to finally lift a trophy. I am really happy to win the order of merit but winning in the Czech Republic was massive for me. I have played a lot of tournaments on the LET Access Series since 2016 and I just have not been able to get it done. Holing a testing putt on the last green felt like a weight off my shoulders and it is something I will never forget.  

The victory changed my mentality. My goal at the start of the year was to play on the LET after my finish at Q-School but with everything that has gone on and the break, I decided to focus on the LETAS because it had a good stretch of events and I knew it would be very competitive. Winning changed my mindset and I started going out every week trying to walk away with a trophy instead of looking for a high finish. If I can take that feeling in to 2021, I will be confident I can do well and make the next step up.

As an amateur, I was not good at all. I was not in the national team or anything and just decided to give Q-School a go. When I got to final stage I was surprised and decided to turn professional and play in Europe. I guess it was a risk, but I am glad I took it.

I used to play football. I lived next to a golf course but thought it looked boring and I was too busy playing football. First for the boy’s team as a defender and then later in the women’s as a striker, I used to love scoring goals. BUT, once I tried golf, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop playing and as I improved, I wanted to play more.

It has been a steep learning curve. I started to work with my current coach five years ago (just before turning pro) and that was a big change for me. He changed almost everything in my swing, how I should practice and how I should prepare. I started to improve every year from then and I owe him a lot. I do not think it matters that I wasn’t as good when I was younger, I think it matters most where I am going and 2020 has been an amazing year for me.

Finnish golf is in a good place. Seeing the other Finnish players perform well gives me motivation and especially playing a lot with my good friend, Sanna, she has been on top form for a few years and she is certainly showing everyone what Finland has to offer. Seeing Matilda get her LPGA card as well gave me hope, because I know where my game sets up compared to hers and I know where I can improve to get better.

Quickfire Q&A

  1. Who is your hero? Tiger Woods
  2. What makes you happiest? Golf
  3. Best travel buddy? Sanna Nuutinen
  4. Desert island dish? Makaroonilaatikko
  5. Golfing superstitions? Same pre-event stretching
  6. What is your most treasured possession? My insulin pump
  7. What would you sing at karaoke? Leevi and the Leavings
  8. Favourite Course? Evian Resort
  9. Dream fourball? Tiger, DJ, Annika

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