An amateur golfer playing at Golf Las Américas
Golf Las Américas would like to highlight the 116th edition of the Womens Amateur Championship staged by the R&A, the most important amateur golf tournament for women in Europe. The Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland) hosts the tournament until Saturday 15th of July. Along with the United States Women's Amateur Golf Championship, it is considered the highest honor in women's amateur golf.
The historic women's tournament returns this week to the United Kingdom after 6 years (the last tournaments were held in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, France and Denmark). For this reason Golf Las Américas have placed the Union Jack on the 18th green, in honor of one of the oldest women's golf tournament.
The former British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship was founded in 1893 by the Ladies Golf Union and was first played at Royal Lytham and St Annes with Lady Margaret Scott crowned the champion. The German Leonie Harm (University of Houston) is the current champion
5 Spaniards have won this tournament in all the history, and all of them during the first decade of the current century. The Andalusian Marta Prieto (2001), Belén Mozo (2006) and the 2012 LPGA Sybase Match Play champion Azahara Muñoz (2009); the Catalan Elisa Serramià (2003) and the winner of two LPGA tournaments and 13th Rolex Ranking Carlota Ciganda from Navarre (2007). This year the Canarian Eva Martínez Calavia participates with 16 other Spanish players.
The Womens Amateur Championship consists of five days. At the end of the second only the 64 best players of the 143 participants will find accommodation in the game table. At that point, direct eliminatory starts for the title. The winner gains entry to the AIG Women’s British Open, US Women’s Open, The Evian Championship and Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship as well as lifting the historic trophy.
Pictures: Constantin Pletosu · Star Foto Canarias