Name:Melissa Rose Reid
Born:Sept 19, 1987 in Derby, Derbyshire.
Solheim Cup player (2015, '17, '21). Multiple wins on the Ladies European Tour. LET Rookie of the Year (2008).
"Mel" Reid's impressive amateur career culminated in her playing in the 2006 Curtis Cup team, winning the British Amateur Strokeplay in 2007, and in the same year the low amateur award at the British Women's Open on the Old Course, St Andrews. Turning professional in late 2007, Reid recorded her first LET win in 2010 in Turkey, then two more wins came in 2011.
Reid's mother was tragically killed in a car accident while travelling to see her daughter compete in a tour event in Munich in 2012. A slump in Reid's form followed in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The return to her previous winning ways came in 2015, not just on the Ladies European Tour but also in her 3-0-1 (W-L-H) tally in the 2015 Solheim Cup.
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer (Oct 1-4; postponed from May 29-31 due to world coronavirus pandemic). Second-placed Jennifer Kupcho (USA) finished 2 shots behind 33-year-old Melissa "Mel" Reid (Eng), who recorded her first LPGA Tour win. [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
Played as the Oates Vic Open (Feb 9-12; ALPG/LET Trs event; first year an LET event; LET season-opener). Reid (Eng) beat Sandra Gal (Ger) with a par at the third playoff hole. [Beach course, 13th Beach Links, Barwon Heads, Victoria; early rounds also on 13th Beach's Creek course].
Played as the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open (May 17-20). Second-placed Gwladys Nocera (Fra) finished 4 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Reid (Eng). [Carya GC, Belek, nr Antalya, Turkey].
Played as the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters (June 22-24). Second-placed Diana Luna (Italy) finished 1 shot behind Reid (Eng). [Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Rep.].
Played as the Deloitte Dutch Ladies Open (June 3-5). Second-placed Caroline Alfonso (Fra), Caroline Hedwall (Swe) and Holly Aitchison (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Reid (Eng). [Broekpolder GC, nr Rotterdam].
Played as the Open de España Femenino (Sept 15-18). Second-placed Lee-Anne Pace (RSA), Tania Elosegui (Esp) and Beth Allen (USA) finished 1 shot behind Reid (Eng). [La Quinta G&CC, Costa del Sol, Spain].
Played as the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open (May 7-9). Second-placed Christel Boeljon (Neth) and Iben Tinning (Den) finished 2 shots behind first-time Ladies European Tour winner Reid (Eng). [National GC, Belek, nr Antalya, Turkey].
Reid (Eng) won the LET 2008 Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. She finished 12th on the Tour's (money-based) Order of Merit, with earnings of €136,606.
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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