Name:Carlota Ciganda Machiñena
Born:June 1, 1990 in Pamplona, Province of Navarre, Spain.
Solheim Cup player (2013, '15, '17, '19, '21). Multiple wins on the Ladies European Tour. LET Rookie of the Year (2012). LET Order of Merit winner (2012).
Influenced by her father, Ciganda started to play golf at the age of five. She enjoyed a highly successful amateur career, winning the British Ladies Amateur title in 2007, and European Amateur in 2004 and 2008. While at Arizona State University she was a member of the successful "Sun Devils" golf team, which triumphed in the women's NCAA team championship in 2009.
Ciganda played in several professional tournaments as an amateur. She turned professional in 2011, recording two wins on the Ladies European Tour the following year. These wins helped her to claim the 2012 LET Order of Merit, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honours.
Played as the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España (Nov 25-28; LET season-ending event). Second-placed Maja Stark (Swe) finished 4 shots behind delighted home-country winner Carlota Ciganda (Esp). [Los Naranjos GC, Nueva Andalucía, Costa del Sol].
For the second straight year Ciganda (Esp) recorded the season's lowest stroke average (69.08) on the Ladies European Tour. Anne Van Dam (Nld) was second with 70.04; Su-hyun Oh (S Kor) was third with 70.17.
Ciganda (Esp) recorded the season's lowest stroke average (69.31) on the Ladies European Tour. Azahara Muñoz (Esp) was second with 69.55; Caroline Hedwall (Swe) was third with 69.86.
Played as the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Aeromexico and Delta (Nov 10-13). Second-placed Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Eng), Angela Stanford (USA), Karine Icher (Fra), Sarah Jane Smith (Aus) and Austin Ernst (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ciganda (Esp). [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].
Played as the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship (Oct 13-16; KLPGA/LPGA Tours event). 26-year-old Carlota Ciganda (Esp) beat Alison Lee (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th), to record her first LPGA Tour win. [Ocean course, Sky 72 GC, Incheon, S Korea].
Played as the UniCredit Ladies German Open presented by Audi (May 30-Jun 2). Ciganda (Esp) beat Charley Hull (Eng) at the first playoff hole. Reduced to 27-holes from 72 due to severe rain. [Golfpark Gut Häusern, nr Munich, Germany].
Played as the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open (Oct 26-28; Ladies Eurpn, Asian & China Tours event). Second-placed Caroline Masson (Ger) finished 7 shots behind LET rookie and wire-to-wire winner Carlota Ciganda (Esp), who recorded her second LET win. [Suzhou Taihu Intl GC, Shanghai, China].
Played as the Deloitte Ladies Open (June 1-3). Second-placed Ursula Wikstrom (Fin) finished 2 shots behind 22-year old rookie Ciganda (Esp), who recorded her first Ladies European Tour win. [Broekpolder GC, nr Rotterdam].
Ciganda (Esp) won the LET 2012 ISPS Handa Order of Merit, with earnings of €251,289 on the Tour. Caroline Masson (Ger) was second with €241,831; Shanshan Feng (China) was third with €202,147. Ciganda became the first player since Laura Davies 27 years earlier to win the Tour's Order of Merit and Rookie titles in the same season.
Ciganda (Esp) won the LET Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of her peers.
Ciganda (Esp) won the LET 2012 Rolex Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. She finished No.1 on the Tour's (money-based) Order of Merit, with earnings of €251,289. The only other golfer to top the Tour's Order of Merit as a rookie was Laura Davies, 27 years earlier.
The Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship (104th). Ciganda (Esp) beat Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 4 and 3 in the final. [Alwoodley GC, Leeds, West Yorkshire].
PGA Championship: the year’s second men’s major championship is hosted by Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, amidst doubt as to whether reigning champion Phil Mickelson will defend his title (May 19-22).
Soudal Open: Belgium’s return to European Tour golf sees 36-hole Rinkven International GC host the Soudal Open, the country’s national open championship (May 12-15).
Scottie Scheffler: bags the 2022 Masters Tournament title, and with it a fourth win in six starts on the PGA Tour and his first major championship victory.
Stephen Dodd: took the European Senior Tour’s 2021 Order of Merit honours following the abandonment due to rain of the season’s final event, the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius (April 1-3, 2022).
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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