The Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015 is being hosted by the Carya Golf Club, the first and only floodlit course in Turkey and Europe, and sponsored by Turkish Airlines. Starting today, it will play out on Wednesday by becoming the first European Tour match to unfold with a floodlight finish.
The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at the Carya Golf Club will be the 7th event of the 2015 season. 126 players from 32 countries will be competing for the €500,000 prize fund, with a first prize of €80,000. Among the leading players attending will be Laura Davies (England), last year’s winner Valentine Derry (France), Charley Hull (England) 2014 leading money winner, Lee Anne Pace (South Africa) the 2013 Turkish Open winner. Christal Boeljon (Belgium) – winner in 2011 & 2012 and Melissa Reid (England) who was triumphant in 2010.
As I am writing Laura Davies is coming to the end of her first round and currently leading the field on -6.
Other players include Christine Wolf (Austria), Carlotta Ciganda (Spain), Rebecca Codd (Ireland) and last year’s leading rookie Amy Boulden (Wales).
The Ladies European Tour is a worldwide organisation with members from more than 40 countries, playing 23 tournaments this year in 23 Australia, New Zealand, China, Morocco, Turkey, Netherlands, England, Scotland, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Germany, India, South Africa, Japan, Dubai, Spain, & Italy.
Regnum Carya Golf Spa Resort Deputy Chairman Ali Şafak Öztürk indicated that they are very pleased to undertake to host the 2015 Turkish Ladies Open which is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions. He said,
“The tournament raises awareness about our country in the international arena and it also helps to introduce Belek region worldwide with its high quality golf courses.”
Öztürk says Golf sport is a symbol of stature and quality; it also supports the other products in the destination. It encourages tourists with high level income to travel to Turkey. Golf tourists fly with business class; hotels provide better service and hotel occupancies increases. Therefore, this contributes to the national and regional economy. In this sense; Belek region’s recognition should be increased as an exclusive golf destination and assessment of the broad areas in Antalya for building more golf courses should be done. Öztürk added, putting direct flights to Antalya from abroad would help the destination to be more desirable.
Öztürk went on to say:
“We are proud to continue to stage the 7th edition of the Turkish Ladies Open with success and stature. We now intend to further our ambitions and commitment to support Ladies Professional Golf. Our ambition is to host the Solheim Cup 2019 which is the biggest and most prestigious event in ladies golf.”