The University of Les Roches, in Marbella, has been the scene of the presentation of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022, which will be held this week (November 24 to 27) at Alferini Golf (Villa Padierna) in Malaga and which will put end of the Ladies European Tour season.
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The main representatives of the entities and organizations involved in a tournament that will also crown the winner of the Race to Costa del Sol, the order of merit of the women's European circuit, agreed on the role of "Andalusia and the Costa del Sol as best golf destination in Europe”.
Let's remember that in 2023 Andalusia will host the Solheim Cup, the women's version of the Ryder Cup Gonzaga Escauriaza, president of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, highlighted the opportunity of this tournament, "first, because it is the last of the season, and second, because it means good preparation for the Solheim Cup, which will be played next year.
” and recalled that “since this edition, the best Spanish amateur will receive the Celia Barquín Memorial Award as a tribute to the young Spanish golfer murdered in 2018 in the United States”. Carlota Ciganda will have the opportunity to defend the title she won from her in 2021 in Los Naranjos.
The player from Navarra prevailed in the last edition, beating the Swedish Maja Stark by four strokes and the Thai Atthaya Thitikul, winner of the Race to Costa del Sol, by five. “I am very excited to be able to defend the title that I won last year at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Spain and to play again in Spain in this final stretch of the season,” says Ciganda.
With that victory achieved last year at Los Naranjos Golf Club, Carlota achieved the only tournament she had yet to win in our country and if she were to revalidate her title, she would also complete this season by winning her two tests played in Spain, since she won last July at the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya held at the Terramar Golf Club.
Ciganda is currently the best placed Spaniard in the world ranking, and in this season that is about to end, in addition to achieving victory in Sitges, she has equaled her best position in a Grand Slam tournament by finishing third in the Evian Championship.
In addition to Ciganda, the 'local' Azahara Muñoz, former Open champion, will also be a focus of attention, and among other outstanding Spanish golfers, Ana Peláez and Nuria Iturrioz. In total, 16 Spanish.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Spain, in addition to closing the Ladies European Tour season and proclaiming the winner of the Race To Costa del Sol for the third consecutive edition, will be the fourth event of this circuit to be held this year in our country with an amount in prizes of €650,000, in addition to a bonus of €250,000 for the three best classified of said 'Race'