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 Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya (July 7-10). Second-placed Laura Beveridge (Scot) finished 2 shots behind home-country winner Carlota Ciganda (Esp). [GC Terramar, Sitges, nr Barcelona, Spain].
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 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 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 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].
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.
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 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.
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].
The Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship (104th). Ciganda (Esp) beat Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 4 and 3 in the final. [Alwoodley GC, Leeds, West Yorkshire].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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