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Killeen Castle to host Solheim Cup 2011

It has been announced that Killeen Castle will host The 2011 Solheim Cup – the ladies’ equivalent of the Ryder Cup – and many of the world’s top female golfers attended this year’s Ladies Irish Open with the intention of getting used to the challenging course, which winds its way around a 12th century Norman castle in County Meath.

The ladies’ game got a huge boost this summer when the Ladies Irish Open took place at the Jack Nicklaus signature course Killeen Castle in Dunsany in early August, attracting the strongest ever field of competitors.

With a truly world class, international field of quality competitors, the event provided the perfect curtain raiser for The 2011 Solheim Cup.  European Solheim Cup captain, Alison Nicholas, and her vice-captain Joanne Morley, were present for the duration of the tournament, joined by US Captain Rosie Jones and her vice-captains Juli Inkster and Sherri Steinhauer, who were on site during the early part of the week.

After a fantastic three days of tough competition, the Swedish player, Sophie Gustafson was finally victorious – her fourth Ladies Irish Open title.

A number of potential future stars of the European team were also in the field, including talented young Spaniards Maria Hernandez and Azahara Munoz, who tied for 14th and 19th at the Ricoh Women’s British Open respectively. In their short professional careers, the rookies have both already won tournaments on the Ladies European Tour. Hernandez won the 2010 Allianz Ladies Slovak Open in May, while Munoz won the 2009 Madrid Ladies Masters in October on her professional debut.


AIB Ladies’ Irish Open returns to Portmarnock

verchenova1Up-and-coming Russian star, Maria Verchenova (pictured), and legend of ladies’ golf, Laura Davies, will be coming to the Portmarnock links course for the 2009 AIB Ladies’ Irish Open, which takes place from June 26 to 28.

Verchenova is the first Russian to earn full-time membership on the Ladies’ European Tour, and has the potential to become one of the top players in the world.

Davies, Europe’s most accomplished lady professional golfer, recently won the Australian Women’s Open in January and will be attempting to be the first lady professional to win the Ladies Irish Open for a third time following her wins in 1994 and 1995.

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