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Tenerife Ladies Matchplay, the Perfect Training Ground for the Solheim Cup


In September 2011, the US and Europe’s top ladies professional golfers will be making their way to the outstanding beauty of Ireland’s County Meath and the tranquil grandeur of Killeen Castle for the 2011 Solheim Cup. The cup will be held over three days of matchplay competition, the first two days will feature two-member teams and the final day will consist of 12 singles matches.

The eyes of the golfing world will be on Ireland to watch the top players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the US Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) battle it out on Meath’s emerald greens for this prestigious title. With the US team currently the holders of the Cup having won the last match 16-12 , Europe will be looking to take back the Solheim Cup this year.

Currently leading in the European rankings (as at 3rd April 2011) are England’s Laura Davies and Melissa Reid, Virginia Lagoutte-Clemente ““ the French girl who gave Trish Johnson a close finish in last year’s Tenerife Ladies Open, The Danish golfer Iben Tinning and Norway’s Suzann Petterson. The five top current US contenders are Christie Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford and Paula Creamer.

But all that could change in the run up to the 29th August finalisation of European Captain Alison Nicholas” team list, with a busy schedule of competitions lined up throughout the summer in the Ladies European Tour. By the time it gets to June, thoughts will be turning to the Solheim Cup matchplay format and that’s when the Tenerife Ladies Matchplay 2011 will come into its own.

This brand new format for a Ladies European Tour Event will be played at the Golf Las Américas course in Tenerife and will be a chance for players to participate in the matchplay format ahead of their arrival at Killeen Castle, and for those who are hovering around the periphery of qualification, perhaps a chance to demonstrate their skills at the matchplay format with the prize of a captain’s invitation place at stake.

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England’s Trish Johnson Wins the Tenerife Ladies Golf Open


It went right to the wire between English woman Trish Johnson and the French girl Virginie Lagoutte-Clement.

Trish won by just one shot over the 4 days of play, her first win since 2007, earning herself a tasty 41,250 euros. It was only her 6th start this year due to an elbow problem but this win assures her a place in the prestigious Evian Masters later this month.

The 44 year old English veteran of some 19 wins on the Ladies Tour, had some luck on her side as she hit a ball out of bounds from her drive on the 16th over a small wall, it landed on the path and bounced back into play. Great ball striking and some marvellous shots over the day, she holed a beauty out of a bunker which kept her in front. Johnson slipped to second place behind the French woman on the 13th but fought back with 2 birdies on the 14th and 15th to regain the lead. She pared 16 and 17 to take a 2 shot lead going down the 18th.

But there was nearly an upset as Lagoutte-Clement almost holed an eagle putt on the last which would have meant she would have tied for the lead but the ball just dribbled past the hole leaving Johnson a simple par on the 18th for victory.

There was a large crowd gathered round the 18th green to watch the climax and you could see Johnson was glad to get to the final hole as the other two in the group were so close on her heels it really could have gone either way.

A great end to the four days” play and all the competitors agreed that Buenavista Golf Course was a fine course for the event to be played; the scenery and the condition of the course were World Class.

Well done Tenerife and to all involved.

The final results :-

1 274-14 Trish Johnson (ENG)

2 275-13 Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA)

3 276-12 Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)

4= 279-9 Lee-Anne Pace (SA)

4= 279-9 Anja Monke (GER)

4= 279-9 Veronica Zorzi (ITA)

Corriesande Lee, the girl Tenerife Magazine were following, ended up at +7 for the tournament and was placed 56th. I spoke with her afterwards and she said, ” I wish I had taken a caddie for the last two days just for a little bit of help and reassurance on the greens. Anyway I’ll know for next time.” She earned her first ever professional cheque for 920 euro’s which will go some way towards paying her week’s expenses.

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