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].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
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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