Virginia Elena Carta is in the excellent field of the KPMG Women’s Irish Open, the Ladies European Tour tournament scheduled from 22 to 25 September at the Dromoland Castle Golf Club, in Newmarket-on-Fergus in Ireland.
The blue, in a good moment of form, has achieved three top 15 in the last six outings with an eighth place (Big Green Egg Open) best result of her in 2022.
Virginia Elena Carta, schedule
Among the favorites of the event some seasonal winners, starting with the Swedish Linn Grant, number one in the Road To Costa del Sol (order of merit) and four successes in the year, to continue with the French Anne-Charlotte Mora, the Finnish Tiia Koivisto, the Belgian Manon De Roey, the Spanish Ana Pelaez Trivino, the English Meghan MacLaren and Liz Young and with the Czech Jana Melichova.
Among the other possible protagonists we remember the Scottish Catriona Matthew, captain of Team Europe in the last two victorious Solheim Cup, the Irish Leona Maguire, the English Gabriella Cowley, the Argentine Magdalena Simmermacher, the South African Nicole Garcia, the Dutch Anne Van Dam , the Czech Klara Spilkova, the Slovenian Pia Babnik and the Indian Tvesa Malik and Diksha Dagar.
The prize pool is 400,000 euros. Women’s golf in Europe depopulated only some time after the creation of the LPGA in the United States of America. In 1978 the Women’s Professional Golfers’ Association (or simply WPGA) was founded, underlying the largest Professional Golfers’ Association operating in the UK.
The following year a tour was set up with Carlsberg as main sponsor and comprising 12 tournaments (36 holes), including the Women’s British Open. For his first two seasons the Tour’s fields were ranked by 36 shots, then increased to 54; the prize pool also increased, going from the initial 80,000 pounds to 250,000 in 1981, at the cost, however, of the loss of important tournaments and sponsorships.
At the end of the 1981 season the collaboration with Carlsberg ended, and despite an initial optimism, the Ladies European Tour experienced a period of crisis that culminated in the cancellation of further stages. In the second half of the 1980s the circuit found itself with only 10 tournaments left and its future was questioned.
To overcome the crisis and its now poor visibility, in 1988 the main members of the management decided to create an independent body, the Women Professional Golfers’ European Tour Limited: the new entity then changed its headquarters, moving from The Belfry (shared with the PGA) at the Tytherington Club in Cheshire.
In 1998 the Tour took the name of European Ladies’ Professional Golf Association Limited and then Ladies European Tour Limited in July 2000. In 2008 the body changed headquarters again, this time settling at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, near London. In 2010 the Tour announced the creation of the LET Access Series (LETAS), its official development circuit.