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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
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.

Contents

1 History 2 Tournaments 3 2018 schedule and results 4 Past tour schedules 5 Order of Merit and seasonal award winners 6 Notes 7 References 8 See also 9 External links

History[edit] The U.S.-based LPGA
LPGA
was founded in 1950, but women's professional golf was slower to get established in Europe. In 1978 the Women's Professional Golf
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
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
Golf
Club, which is just outside London.[1] Getting a women's tour established in Europe
Europe
was not easy. Whereas men's tour golf in Europe
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
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
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
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
LPGA
Championship. In 2010, the LET Access Series (LETAS) was launched as the official development tour. The Ladies European Tour organises The Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup
when in Europe
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
Europe
earned an historic first away victory at Colorado Golf
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. Tournaments[edit] 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 roughly stable since 2010; the peak was 28 in 2008. The two richest events by far are the two European Majors: The Evian Championship
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
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
Women's British Open
and The Evian Championship are currently recognised as majors by both organisations. 2018 schedule and results[edit] Main article: 2018 Ladies European Tour Past tour schedules[edit] 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]

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 winners[edit] 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
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

2017 Georgia Hall €368,935

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

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

^ "About the Ladies European Tour". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 17 December 2011.  ^ "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.  ^ "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.  ^ a b c " Carlota Ciganda
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. 

See also[edit]

List of golfers with most Ladies European Tour wins Ladies European Tour records Women's World Golf
Golf
Rankings Professional golf tours

External links[edit]

Official site of the Ladies European Tour

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