Too long traveling from the South of France, Var land, Arras in the Pas-de-Calais with a hook in the Paris region, the National Women’s Open intends to permanently install the Basque Country. One of the most prestigious French golfing shrines.
The legendary golf Chantaco, located in the municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Pyrenees-Atlantiques) with stunning views of the Rhune, one of the most famous peaks of the Basque Country, caters for the second consecutive year the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, a key step in the Ladies European Tour (250 000 euros of gains). Seventy-eight players are involved in this tournament. If the former World No. 1 and is now retired, the Lorena Ochoa, is not present this year because of a happy event to come, the field is still very proud look.
Proof. Four recent winners of the Solheim Cup which was played in August in Colorado (USA) are initially: the English Charley Hull, the Spanish Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz. And of course Karine Icher, the No. 1 French and 22nd at the Rolex Rankings. These young women have also been celebrated Tuesday night at the gala dinner. They are thus awarded an elegant and imposing crocodile Baccarat crystal hands Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Catherine Lacoste, the only two golfers tricolor female Major winners respectively in 2003 (the Kraft Nabisco) and 1967 (to U.S. Open).
Three Fans In The French Clan.
Besides these glorious heroines include six victorious players on the Ladies European Tour (LET) since the beginning of the year, namely the Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord (Open South Africa) South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace ( Opens in Turkey and Spain), the English Holly Clyburn (Open the Netherlands), the French Gwladys Nocera (Open Slovakia), the German Ann-Katrin Lindner (Masters Pilsen) and Australian Rebecca Artis (Open Heslingborg).
Of course, this nice list, add the Australian Stacy Keating, the defending champion, but also the English Felicity Johnson and Italian Veronica Zorzi. These last two have a common denominator with Keating. They, too, entered their name in the history of the Open de France, more precisely in 2011 (for Johnson) and 2005 and 2006 (Zorzi).
An Open de France is not really a national Open without a large contingent of French players. Furthermore Icher and Nocera cited above, note the commitments Joanna Klatten (present there fifteen days in Evian Championship), Jade Schaeffer, Sophie Giquel-Bettan, Cassandra Kirkland or of Anne-Lise Caudal, fifth here in 2012 and “regional step” since the Basque began the golf club Nivelle close. They are all to defend the national colors this week, three fans, Eva Gilly, Mathilda Cappeliez Lauralie Migneaux and twenty-one.
September The Perfect Month.
Now we cross our fingers that the weather very favorable there a year, this is still in the end of September. The downpour that fell before and during the Evian Championship there less than two weeks remain in our memories.
“I think this is the best time to organize this tournament breath Smondak Veronica, 33, the new president of Golf Chantaco daughter Catherine Lacoste, and Emeritus golfer (handicap 4). English players were bluffées by qualities receptions and climatic conditions. They all say it is already very cold at home as he is just gorgeous here. I know there have been discussions to change the date of the tournament but for me, there is nothing to change. September is often sunny in the Basque Country. And then prepare a course like Chantaco earlier this year is far from clear. In five months, and we had a rainfall of a year.
Golf mythical par excellence, Chantaco left Earth on 1 November 1928 by the entrepreneurial spirit of René Thion de la Chaume, the great-great-grandfather of Veronica Smondak, this year celebrates 85 years. It is also the 80th anniversary of the Lacoste brand, dear Rene, its legendary founder, married to Simone Thion de la Chaume, golf champion. “There was one year, Jose Maria Olazabal, who had won the Ryder Cup, had the extreme kindness to move up Chantaco for the delivery of the Sunday Cup, yet adds Véronique Smondak. To celebrate 80 anniversary of the Lacoste brand, we are in possession of a list of people who can surprise during the awards ceremony. But I will say no more for now “
To Follow The Lacoste Ladies Open De France On TV (Ladies European Tour)
Thursday, September 26: Summary of the first round from 21:30 to 22:00 (Golf +)
Friday, September 27: Summary of the second round from 21:30 to 22:00 (Golf +)
Saturday, September 28: 3rd round from 18:30 to 20:30 (Golf +)
Sunday, September 29: 4th round from 18:30 to 20:30 (Golf +) / Rebroadcast 10:30 p.m. to 0:10