Pettersen romps to six shot Ladies Irish Open win
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen fired an stunning final round 64 to romp to a six stroke win at the Ladies Irish Open supported by Fáilte Ireland at Killeen Castle.
The world No 3 finished ahead of Spain’s Azahara Munoz on 18 under par as she followed her course record 63 on Saturday and eight under par closing effort.
Caudal and Walshe lead at Killeen Castle
France’s Anne-Lise Caudal and American Alison Walshe led the field by one shot after the first round of the Ladies Irish Open supported by Fáilte Ireland at Killeen Castle, Dunsany, Co Meath.
The pair carded six-under-par 66s to lie ahead of South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace, Sweden’s Maria Hjorth and Spain’s Azahara Munoz Guijarro. Click here for scores.
LPGA's China crisis helps Ladies Irish Open field
Ladies Irish Open boss Roddy Carr avoided some Chinese torture to deliver a world class field at Killeen Castle next month.
The €400,000 curtain-raiser for September’s Solheim Cup could have been turned into a damp squib as it clashed with a $2 million US women’s tour event in China.
But Chinese red tape has tied the Imperial Springs LPGA event up in knots and allowed Carr to sign up US stars Christina Kim, Angela Stanford and teenage sensation Lexi Thompson to accompany major winner Stacey Lewis at the Meath venue from August 5-7.
Watch out for Walshe
The Boston based star, 25, won six points out of six for the Americans in last year’s Curtis Cup rout of Mary McKenna’s Great Britain and Ireland side.
But she’s not eligible for the US Solheim Cup squad because she was born in Galway and lived in Tuam until she was five. And that means she can tee it up for Europe as she has an Irish passport and earned her Ladies European Tour card this week
Ladies European Tour 2010 schedule released
The Ladies European Tour has released its 2010 schedule. There are 27 events in 20 different countries, including four new stops in New Zealand, Morocco, Slovakia and China.
Two additional events, in Turkey and Scotland, will return to the schedule after a one year absence. This surpasses the 2009 season when there were 23 tournaments in 18 countries across the world.
Coakley wants Solheim Cup date with Michelle Wie
The 28-year old Carlow native has re-invented herself over the past two years and after three top 10s in her last four starts, she’s beginning to believe that she can make Alison Nicholas’s 12-strong side to face Michelle Wie and Co at the luxury Jack Nicklaus design near Dunsany in Co Meath.
A Wie incentive - Ladies Irish Open moves to August
The event will be played from August 6-8 - almost certainly at 2011 Solheim Cup venue Killeen Castle - the week after the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
And the presence of Wie - winner of her first professional title just two weeks ago - is guaranteed to draw a huge crowd.
Luna wins at Portmarnock Links
Italy’s Diana Luna cruised to her first win for five years in the fog - delayed AIB Ladies Irish Open at Portmarnock Links.
But it could be the last time the event is held at the north Dublin venue with organisers seriously considering a move to Solheim Cup venue Killeen Castle next year.
Maguire twins to shake up Ladies Irish Open
Yet they know they could witness the beginning of something special when the 14-year old Maguire twins, Lisa and Leona, rub shoulders with the cream of the European women's professional golf in the first round of the €500,000 AIB Ladies Irish Open at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links today.
Red tape stops Russian stunner
Fans hoping to admire the skills of Russian stunner Maria Verchenova in the AIB Ladies Irish Open have been stymied by red tape.
The only women’s professional in the former Soviet republic was due to tee it up at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links on a sponsor’s invitation today.
But Verchenova, 22, was eventually forced to abandon plans to play in the €450,000 event when officials refused to grant her a working visa.
Ireland to host 2011 Solheim Cup
Ireland has landed the 2011 Solheim Cup - thanks to the massive success of the Ryder Cup.
In a major coup, the Ladies European Tour has decided to bring the biennial clash between the top women professionals from the US and Europe to the course that Jack built - the Nicklaus designed Killeen Castle in Co Meath.
Ireland beat off stiff competition from England, Italy, Norway, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain to host the biggest team event in women's golf.
And in a double whammy for Ireland, the Ladies European Tour also agreed to bring back the Ladies Irish Open in 2008 in a five-year combined deal with Failte Ireland worth €5 million.