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The Ladies European Tour is a professional golf tour for women which was founded in 1979. It is based 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, and the largest non-European contingent by far comes from Australia.


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. In 2005 the tour dismissed its fifth chief executive in eight years as it continued to find it very difficult to compete effectively against the LPGA Tour for players and media attention, even in its home continent. However it then entered a period of growth, adding six new events in 2006 and 2007. 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 2009 schedule has dropped to 23 official money events, but will also see a tournament opposite the LPGA Championship, this time the Ladies' Open of Portugal.


There are 23 events that count towards the 2009 Order of Merit, down from 28 in 2008 and 24 in 2007. The two richest events by far are the Evian Masters and the Women's British Open, which are co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and have prize funds of over €2.5 million and over €1.5 million respectively. The other events consist of five with prize funds of approximately €500,000, and seventeen with prize funds of between €165,000 and €400,000. The five half million euro events are in Australia (co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour), Switzerland, Sweden, Wales and Dubai. Total prize money in 2008 Order of Merit events exceeds €11 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 is recognised as a major by both organisations. The only other event on the Ladies European Tour with "major" status is the Evian Masters, which is played in France. The Evian Masters is not recognised as a major by the LPGA, but the LPGA co-sanctions the event as part of its regular schedule. The significance of this is limited as the LPGA Tour is so dominant in global women's golf that "women's majors" usually refers to the LPGA majors, even in Europe.

2010 schedule

The table below shows the 2010 schedule. The numbers in brackets after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the Ladies European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the tour.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
Feb 25-28 Pegasus New Zealand Women's Open  New Zealand England Laura Davies (39) Co-sanctioned by the ALPG Tour
Mar 4-7 ANZ Ladies Masters  Australia Australia Karrie Webb (n/a) Co-sanctioned by the ALPG Tour
Mar 11-14 HANDA Women's Australian Open  Australia Republic of China Yani Tseng (n/a) Co-sanctioned by the ALPG Tour
Mar 18-20 Lalla Meryem Cup  Morocco
Apr 22-25 Communitat Valenciana European Ladies Golf Cup  Spain Team event; unofficial prize money
May 7-9 Turkish Ladies Open  Turkey
May 13-16 Unicredit Ladies German Open  Germany
May 27-30 Ladies Slovak Open  Slovakia
Jun 4-6 ABN AMRO Ladies Open  Netherlands
Jun 10-12 Carta Sì Ladies Italian Open  Italy
Jun 17-20 Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open  Switzerland
Jun 25-27 Ladies Open of Portugal  Portugal
Jul 1-4 Tenerife Ladies Open  Spain
TBC Open De España Femenino  Spain
Jul 22-25 Evian Masters  France Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour
Jul 29 - Aug 1 Ricoh Women's British Open  England Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour
Aug 6-8 AIB Ladies Irish Open  Ireland
Aug 12-15 S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe  Wales
Aug 18-20 Ladies Scottish Open  Scotland
Aug 27-29 Finnair Masters  Finland
Sep 3-5 UNIQA Ladies Golf Open  Austria
Sep 9-12 Open de France Feminin  France
Sep 23-25 Madrid Ladies Masters  Spain
Oct 22-24 Anji King Valley Ladies Open  China
Oct 29-31 Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open  China Co-sanctioned by the Ladies Asian Golf Tour
Nov 4-7 Korean Ladies Masters  South Korea Co-sanctioned by the LPGA of Korea Tour
Dec 8-11 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters  United Arab Emirates

Major championships in bold.

For the latest version of the tour schedule on the Ladies European Tour's website, including links to full results, click here.

Past tour schedules

It should be noted that individual LET tournaments have purses fixed in a mixture of Australian dollars, British pounds, euro 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
Countries[1] Total purse [2]
2009 21 16
2008 28 21 €11,647,814 [3]
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

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
2009 Sweden Sophie Gustafson[4] €281,315 Scotland Catriona Matthew[5] Sweden Anna Nordqvist[6] Scotland Catriona Matthew 70.83
2008 France Gwladys Nocera €391,840 France Gwladys Nocera England Melissa Reid Norway Suzann Pettersen 68.60
2007 Sweden Sophie Gustafson €222,081 Germany Bettina Hauert Sweden Louise Stahle Sweden Sophie Gustafson 70.96
2006 England Laura Davies €471,727 France Gwladys Nocera Australia Nikki Garrett Sweden Annika Sörenstam 68.33
2005 Denmark Iben Tinning €204,672 Denmark Iben Tinning Spain Elisa Serramia England Laura Davies 70.35
2004 England Laura Davies 777.26 pts France Stéphanie Arricau Finland Minea Blomqvist England Laura Davies 70.31
2003 Sweden Sophie Gustafson 917.95 pts Sweden Sophie Gustafson Australia Rebecca Stevenson Sweden Sophie Gustafson 69.93
2002 Spain Paula Marti 6,589 pts Sweden Annika Sörenstam England Kirsty S. Taylor Sweden Sophie Gustafson 70.59
2001 Spain Raquel Carriedo 10,661 pts Spain Raquel Carriedo Norway Suzann Pettersen Scotland Catriona Matthew 70.08
2000 Sweden Sophie Gustafson 8,777 pts Sweden Sophie Gustafson Italy Giulia Sergas Sweden Sophie Gustafson 71.21
1999 England Laura Davies £204,522 England Laura Davies England Elaine Ratcliffe England Laura Davies 70.50
1998 Sweden Helen Alfredsson £125,975 Sweden Sophie Gustafson United States Laura Philo England Laura Davies 71.96
1997 England Alison Nicholas £94,590 England Alison Nicholas Sweden Anna Berg France Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 72.20
1996 England Laura Davies £110,880 England Laura Davies Australia Anne-Marie Knight France Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 71.39
1995 Sweden Annika Sörenstam £130,324 Sweden Annika Sörenstam Australia Karrie Webb Sweden Annika Sörenstam 69.75
1994 Sweden Liselotte Neumann £102,750 n/a United States Tracy Hanson Sweden Liselotte Neumann 69.56
1993 Australia Karen Lunn £81,266 n/a Sweden Annika Sörenstam England Laura Davies 71.63
1992 England Laura Davies £66,333 n/a France Sandrine Mendiburu England Laura Davies 70.35
1991 Australia Corinne Dibnah £89,058 n/a Wales Helen Wadsworth England Alison Nicholas 71.71
1990 England Trish Johnson £83,043 n/a South Korea Pearl Sinn England Trish Johnson 70.64
1989 France Marie-Laure de Lorenzi £77,534 n/a Sweden Helen Alfredsson France Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 70.84
1988 France Marie-Laure de Lorenzi £109,360 n/a South Africa Laurette Maritz France Marie-Laure de Lorenzi 72.30
1987 Scotland Dale Reid £53,815 n/a England Trish Johnson Scotland Dale Reid 72.70
1986 England Laura Davies £37,500 n/a Spain Patricia Gonzalez England Laura Davies 72.09
1985 England Laura Davies £21,735 n/a England Laura Davies
1984 Scotland Dale Reid £28,239 n/a England Kitrina Douglas Scotland Dale Reid 73.01
1983 Scotland Muriel Thomson £9,225 n/a n/a England Beverly Huke 74.98
1982 England Jenny Lee Smith £12,551 n/a n/a n/a
1981 England Jenny Lee Smith £13,518 n/a n/a n/a
1980 Scotland Muriel Thomson £8,008 n/a n/a n/a
1979 Scotland Catherine Panton-Lewis £4,965 n/a n/a n/a

Notes and references

  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.
  3. ^ As at 25 January. Amendments possible.
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