In the luxurious setting of Finca Cortesín, situated in the charming town of Casares, Andalusia, and in anticipation of the world's most important women's golf event, the Solheim Cup, Carlota Ciganda, the sole Spanish representative on the European team, is facing an immense challenge: to win all the significant amateur and professional tournaments held in Spain.
Carlota Ciganda, schedule
Carlota made her Solheim Cup debut in 2013 in Colorado, USA, where she witnessed a historic edition, as it marked the first time the European team emerged victorious on American soil. Since then, the Navarrese golfer has not missed a single edition, totaling five prior to the upcoming one, with a record of three wins: the aforementioned 2013 victory, and those in 2019 and 2021.
Ciganda has played a total of 19 matches in the Solheim Cup, comprising 10 Fourball matches, with three wins, five losses, and two ties; four Foursomes matches, with one win, two losses, and one tie; and five singles matches, with three wins, one loss, and one tie.
With these statistics, the 33-year-old golfer from Ulzama stands as one of the European team's key assets, not just due to her sporting merits, but also her experience in the various formats of this competition.
The challenge of contributing to Europe's victory represents an extraordinary reward for Carlota Ciganda, surpassing the boundaries of her personal sporting history, which is intrinsically intertwined with the history of Spanish women's golf.
It is no exaggeration to say that both narratives have run in parallel for the past 23 years, with a significant portion of the story of Spanish women's golf having been penned by the Navarrese golfer herself.
However, Carlota's debut will have to wait.
Captain Suzann Pettersen has selected the following pairs, who will face the Americans in the early morning foursomes on Friday: Maja Stark and Linn Grant against Lexi Thompson and Megan Khang; Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall versus Danielle Kang and Andrea Lee; Leona Maguire and Anna Nordvist against Nelly Korda and Allisen Corpuz; and Emily Pedersen and Charley Hull against Ally Ewing and Cheyenne Knight.