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Tinning named Danish Golfer of the Year

Denmark's Iben Tinning might have been without a victory in 2003, but with eight top ten finishes and a starring role at The Solheim Cup in Sweden, along with gaining her LPGA Tour card by winning the qualifying school at the first attempt, it's hardly surprising that she was voted winner of "Den Gyldne Golfbold", or the 'Golden Golf Ball' for becoming the Danish Golfer of the Year for 2003.

Tinning, one of the most powerful hitters in women's golf, beat some tough opposition to the title as Danish golfers are now beginning to make a serious mark on world golf. She fended off Men's European Tour winner's Soren Kjeldsen and Anders Hansen to the title and of course Thomas Bjorn, who dramatically lost out at The Open Championship at Sandwich, had to play second fiddle once again in 2003.

Tinning, who will play on both sides of the Atlantic in 2004, finished in fourth place on the LET Order of Merit for the second successive season and she was delighted on receiving the prestigious award.

"This award means a lot to me, because it breaks new ground for women golfers in Denmark as well as for myself,' said Tinning who is the third in her family to receive the honor after her cousins Ben and Steen Tinning.

"I wasn't sure I would get it, but I was hoping so. It is also flattering to get this award, because now it takes more than just winning a tournament to get this recognition in Denmark."

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