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The Ladies European Tour is a professional golf tour for women which was founded in 1978. It is based at Buckinghamshire Golf Club near London in England. Like many UK-based sports organisations it is a company limited by guarantee, a legal structure which enables it to focus on maximising returns to its members through prize money, rather than on making profits for investors. The tour is run by a Board of Directors and a Players' Council. Most of the players on the tour are European, with members from more than 40 different countries internationally. The tour operates tournaments across five continents globally.

Ladies European Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Ladies European Tour
SportGolf
Founded1978
CountriesBased in Europe.
Schedule includes events outside Europe, in Oceania, Asia, Africa, and the United States.
Most recent
champion(s)
England Georgia Hall
(2017 Order of Merit winner)
Most titlesEngland Laura Davies (45)
Related
competitions
European Tour
Official websiteLadiesEuropeanTour.com

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HistoryEdit

The U.S.-based LPGA was founded in 1950, but women's professional golf was slower to get established in Europe. In 1978 the Women's Professional Golf Association (WPGA) was formed as part of Professional Golfers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland and a tour was established the following year.

In 1988 the tour members decided to form an independent company, the Women Professional Golfers' European Tour Limited. This new company moved away from the PGA's headquarters at The Belfry and set up its own headquarters at the Tytherington Club in Cheshire. In 1998 the Tour changed its name to European Ladies' Professional Golf Association Limited and again in July 2000 to its current name, Ladies European Tour Limited. In 2008 the tour relocated to offices at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club, which is just outside London.[1]

Getting a women's tour established in Europe was not easy. Whereas men's tour golf in Europe developed in parallel with that in the United States, the women's tour had to compete against a well established rival in the U.S. LPGA Tour from its foundation.

A record 26 official money events were scheduled for the 2008 season, which also saw the introduction of a new team competition called the European Ladies Golf Cup. Also, for the first time in several years, the LET scheduled an event opposite one of the LPGA's majors, with the ABN AMRO Open held opposite the LPGA Championship. The schedule dropped to 23 official money events in 2009, but increased to 25 for 2010. In both years, the Ladies Open of Portugal was scheduled opposite the LPGA Championship. In 2010, the LET Access Series (LETAS) was launched as the official development tour.

The Ladies European Tour organises The Solheim Cup when in Europe and in 2011, the Tour received a boost when the European side won for The Cup for the fourth time on home soil at Killeen Castle in Ireland. The success continued when Europe earned an historic first away victory at Colorado Golf Club, winning The Cup for the fifth time in 2013.

In 2016, the LET took on extra significance for players looking to qualify for the Olympic Games and 30 LET players from 20 different countries participated in the Olympic golf competition at Rio 2016.

In 2018, the Tour will celebrate four decades of women's professional golf as part of its 40th anniversary.

TournamentsEdit

The 2016 schedule featured 21 events including the Olympic Golf Competition in Rio de Janeiro (the biennial Solheim Cup, held in odd-numbered years, is also an official LET event but will next be played in 2017 in Iowa).[2] The total of events has been in steep decline since 2016; the peak was 28 in 2008. The two richest events by far are the two European Majors: The Evian Championship (historically the Evian Masters) and the Women's British Open. In 2016, 10 other events (in Australia, China, Morocco, England, Scotland, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Japan and Dubai) had prize funds in excess of €450,000, with the remainder having prize funds of between €200,000 and €400,000. Total prize money from the 2016 events passed €14 million.

Unlike in men's golf, the European and American tours do not share a common set of majors, although the Women's British Open and The Evian Championship are currently recognised as majors by both organisations.

2019 schedule and resultsEdit

Past tour schedulesEdit

Individual LET tournaments have purses fixed in a mixture of Australian dollars, British pounds, euro, New Zealand dollars and U.S. dollars, so year on year changes in the total prize fund reflect exchange rate fluctuations as well as prize fund movements in constant currencies.

Year Ranking
tournaments
Countries[a] Total purse (€)[b]
2018 15 9 11,486,888
2017 16 11
2016 21 15 14,063,149
2015 20 14 12,638,013
2014 23 18 11,502,840
2013 22 17 10,870,618
2012 24 19 11,806,680
2011 25 20 11,182,500
2010 25 21 11,055,525
2009 21 16 9,940,358
2008 28 21 11,647,814
2007 24 18 10,563,950
2006 20 16 9,674,536
2005 18 14 7,875,255
2004 15 10 7,298,245
2003 14 10 7,442,162
2002 14 10 7,626,724

Order of Merit and seasonal award winnersEdit

The Order of Merit is awarded to the leading money winner on the tour, though for some years in the past a points system was used. The Player's Player of the Year award is voted by the members of the Tour for the member they believe has contributed the most to the season on the Tour. The Rookie of the Year (known as the Bill Johnson Trophy from 1999 to 2003 and now the Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year) is awarded to the leading first-year player on the Order of Merit rankings.

Year Order of Merit Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Lowest stroke average
2018   Georgia Hall 667.73 pts   Georgia Hall   Julia Engström   Carlota Ciganda 69.31
2017   Georgia Hall €368,935   Georgia Hall   Camille Chevalier   Anna Nordqvist 68.18
2016   Beth Allen €313,079   Beth Allen   Aditi Ashok   Shanshan Feng 68.80
2015   Shanshan Feng €399,213   Nicole Broch Larsen   Emily Kristine Pedersen   Shanshan Feng 69.78
2014   Charley Hull €263,097   Charley Hull   Amy Boulden   Suzann Pettersen 70.25
2013   Suzann Pettersen[3] €518,448   Lee-Anne Pace   Charley Hull   Suzann Pettersen 68.20
2012   Carlota Ciganda[4] €251,290   Carlota Ciganda[4]   Carlota Ciganda[4]   Shanshan Feng 69.00
2011   Ai Miyazato €363,080   Caroline Hedwall   Caroline Hedwall   Suzann Pettersen 69.36
2010   Lee-Anne Pace €339,518   Lee-Anne Pace   I.K. Kim   Suzann Pettersen 69.75
2009   Sophie Gustafson €281,315   Catriona Matthew   Anna Nordqvist   Catriona Matthew 70.83
2008   Gwladys Nocera €391,840   Gwladys Nocera   Melissa Reid   Suzann Pettersen 68.60
2007   Sophie Gustafson €222,081   Bettina Hauert   Louise Stahle   Sophie Gustafson 70.96
2006   Laura Davies €471,727   Gwladys Nocera   Nikki Garrett   Annika Sörenstam 68.33
2005   Iben Tinning €204,672   Iben Tinning   Elisa Serramià   Laura Davies 70.35
2004   Laura Davies 777.26 pts   Stéphanie Arricau   Minea Blomqvist   Laura Davies 70.31
2003   Sophie Gustafson 917.95 pts   Sophie Gustafson   Rebecca Stevenson   Sophie Gustafson 69.93
2002   Paula Martí 6,589 pts   Annika Sörenstam   Kirsty S. Taylor   Sophie Gustafson 70.59
2001   Raquel Carriedo 10,661 pts   Raquel Carriedo   Suzann Pettersen   Catriona Matthew 70.08
2000   Sophie Gustafson 8,777 pts   Sophie Gustafson   Giulia Sergas   Sophie Gustafson 71.21
1999   Laura Davies £204,522   Laura Davies   Elaine Ratcliffe   Laura Davies 70.50
1998   Helen Alfredsson £125,975   Sophie Gustafson   Laura Philo   Laura Davies 71.96
1997   Alison Nicholas £94,590   Alison Nicholas   Anna Berg   Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 72.20
1996   Laura Davies £110,880   Laura Davies   Anne-Marie Knight   Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 71.39
1995   Annika Sörenstam £130,324   Annika Sörenstam   Karrie Webb   Annika Sörenstam 69.75
1994   Liselotte Neumann £102,750 n/a   Tracy Hanson   Liselotte Neumann 69.56
1993   Karen Lunn £81,266 n/a   Annika Sörenstam   Laura Davies 71.63
1992   Laura Davies £66,333 n/a   Sandrine Mendiburu   Laura Davies 70.35
1991   Corinne Dibnah £89,058 n/a   Helen Wadsworth   Alison Nicholas 71.71
1990   Trish Johnson £83,043 n/a   Pearl Sinn   Trish Johnson 70.64
1989   Marie-Laure de Lorenzi £77,534 n/a   Helen Alfredsson   Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 70.84
1988   Marie-Laure de Lorenzi £109,360 n/a   Laurette Maritz   Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 72.30
1987   Dale Reid £53,815 n/a   Trish Johnson   Dale Reid 72.70
1986   Laura Davies £37,500 n/a   Patricia González   Laura Davies 72.09
1985   Laura Davies £21,735 n/a   Laura Davies
1984   Dale Reid £28,239 n/a   Kitrina Douglas   Dale Reid 73.01
1983   Muriel Thomson £9,225 n/a n/a   Beverly Huke 74.98
1982   Jenny Lee Smith £12,551 n/a n/a n/a
1981   Jenny Lee Smith £13,518 n/a n/a n/a
1980   Muriel Thomson £8,008 n/a n/a n/a
1979   Catherine Panton £4,965 n/a n/a n/a

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Individual events counting towards the Order of Merit only. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland counted separately.
  2. ^ Individual events counting towards the Order of Merit only. Excludes team events and qualifying school.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About the Ladies European Tour". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  2. ^ "The 2014 Ladies European Tour Schedule Announced" (Press release). Ladies European Tour. 7 December 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Pettersen wins ISPS HANDA Order of Merit". Ladies European Tour. 7 December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Carlota Ciganda wins the LET's 2012 Rolex Rookie of the Year Award". Ladies European Tour. 20 December 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.

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