This is a new competition where two holes will be selected from nine courses on the 2006 LET schedule to create a fantasy round of 18 holes. The prize fund is 100,000 Euros and will be shared among the top five finishers of “The 18 Finest”, with a first prize of 35,000 Euros.
Qualifying events for The 18 Finest are:
The Tenerife Ladies Open at Abama Golf (April 27-30); The Open de Espana Femenino at Panorà mica Golf and Country Club (May 11-14); The KLM Ladies Open at Eindhovensche Golf (June 2-4); the BMW Ladies Italian Open at Sheraton Golf (June 14-17); the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe at Machynys Peninsula Golf Club (August 17-20); the Ladies Norwegian Masters at Oslo Golfklubb (August 25-27); Nykredit Masters at Odense Eventyr Golf Klub (September 7-10); the Siemens Austrian Ladies Open at Golfclub Föhrenwald (September 14-17); and the Ladies English Open at Chart Hills Golf Club (October 6-8).
In order to qualify for The 18 Finest, members of the LET must make the cut at each event where there are participating golf holes. The scores carded on these holes in each round of the tournament will be added together to make a cumulative total for each golf hole. At the end of The 18 Finest, the player with the lowest cumulative score over the designated 18 holes will win the series.
The original idea was developed by founding sponsor Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA in connection with the Ladies European Tour and is the first-ever golf programme designed for professional women’s golf which incorporates player performances over 18 holes on different golf courses.
“We are proud to have helped develop this unique idea, which will bring further excitement to the LET calendar,” said Eric Sturdza, president of Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA. “Our wish is to promote sport, competition and reward success. In this frame of mind, we have decided to create and support The 18 Finest Trophy in order to contribute to the Ladies European Tour and enhance its already fine programme.”
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA is a privately owned Swiss bank with a long and established track record of both original and successful global investment ideas that have enhanced performance and protected capital. Stability of the management and personnel, reliable service and prompt execution result in a bespoke package for the clients of the bank.
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