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Helsinki (dpa) - Nine people were slightly injured when a party tent collapsed after a mini tornado on Sunday swept over a golf course that hosted the Ladies Finnish Masters, reports said.

Organisers had previously abandoned play at the Helsinki Golf Club due to thunder showers, the Finnish news agency STT reported.

Play was also abandoned Saturday due to thunder showers.

Denmark's Lisa Holm Sorensen, 22, a rookie on the Ladies European Tour won the tournament.

Sorensen carded two 70-rounds to win the tournament at two-under- par.

Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Cecilia Ekelundh of Sweden, 20-year- old Swedish amateur Caroline Westrup and Ursula Wikstrom of Finland tied for second place, one shot behind Sorensen.

The tournament was the last opportunity for players like Pettersen seeking to improve their chances of securing a spot on the European Solheim Cup team that plays the United States at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, on September 9-11.

Europe will defend the trophy it won in Sweden two years ago.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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