Klara Spilkova won the Women’s Irish Open



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Klara Spilkova won the Women’s Irish Open

Klara Spilkova (66 68 73 67) won the KPMG Women’s Irish Open, a tournament of the Ladies European Tour which took place at the Dromoland Castle Golf Club, in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland. The Czech won the playoffs ahead of Finland's Ursula Wikstrom (69 66 71 68) and Denmark's Nicole Broch Estrup (70 66 70 68) after all three had closed the 72 regulation holes with a total of 274 (-14) strokes.

Virginia Elena Carta, the only blue in the race, was placed 49 / a with a score of 287 (72 71 73 71, -1).

Klara Spilkova, results

For the 27-year-old from Prague this is the second career success on the LET after the one obtained in 2017 at the Lalla Meryem Cup.

Thanks to this exploit, the 1994 class has cashed a check for 60,000 euros on a total prize money of 400,000. The next round of the Ladies European Tour will be the Aramco Team Series - New York, scheduled from 13 to 15 October on the Trump Golf Links At Ferry Point route.

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 organ 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. In January 2020 the Ladies European Tour entered into a joint venture with the LPGA Tour, with the aim of further growing women's professional golf around the world: the Ladies European Golf Venture Limited became the central body of the board of directors and was flanked by representatives of other realities such as LPGA Tour, PGA European Tour and The R&A.