From November 16 to 18, 2023, the prestigious Son Muntaner golf course was the epicenter of the thrilling Mallorca Ladies Golf Open, where the world’s top female golfers faced off in three days of intense competition. This women’s tournament, which attracted golf’s elite, provided memorable moments and an exciting battle for victory.
Outstanding Start by Kristyna Napoleaova
The tournament began with an extraordinary performance by Czech player Kristyna Napoleaova, a former professional footballer for Sparta Prague. Despite facing challenges on the course, she recorded an impressive first round of 6 under par. Napoleaova shared her unique experience, including daring shots and unconventional tactics on the greens. Additionally, Nuria Iturrioz, along with Ann-Lise Caudal and Anne van Dam, shared the second position, promising an exciting tournament ahead.
Chloe Williams Leads, but Försterling is Lurking
The second day was marked by the dominance of Welsh player Chloe Williams, who finished her round with an impressive total of 65 strokes (-7). Despite leading, Williams expressed ambivalence as she faced the final day. German player Alexandra Försterling, just one stroke behind, positioned herself in second place with a round of 67 (-5). While Williams sought her first title on the Ladies European Tour, Försterling and Kristyna Napoleaova, the leader after the first round, had already won titles earlier in the year.
Alexandra Försterling crowned Champion of the Mallorca Ladies Golf Open
The final day of the Mallorca Ladies Golf Open was the culmination of an intense competition. The 23-year-old Berliner Alexandra Försterling emerged victorious. With a second round of 67 (-5) and a total of 13 under par, Försterling won the tournament with a 5-stroke lead over Thai golfer Trichat Cheenglab, who secured an impressive second position. Försterling, excited about her second success on the LET in her rookie season, highlighted her ability to handle pressure and expressed her disbelief after her victory in Switzerland.
Final Standings and Notable Performances
In the battle for the Ladies European Tour annual standings, Försterling positioned herself as a serious contender, closely followed by Trichat Cheenglab, the Thai golfer who won the Big Green Egg Open in September. Dutch player Anne van Dam took the third position, while Marta Sanz Barrio was the top Spanish representative. Notable performances included those of Emma Spitz from Austria and Sarah Schober, despite the latter facing an unfortunate triple bogey on the last hole.
Success and Future Prospects
The Mallorca Ladies Golf Open 2023 was not only an elite tournament but also a success in terms of participation and enthusiasm. Edwin Weindorfer, CEO of e|motion, highlighted the quality of women’s golf and the event’s affinity with Mallorca. The event featured notable guests, including former footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger, underscoring the growing popularity of women’s golf on the island. With the promise of an exciting Mallorca Ladies Golf Open 2024, the tournament closes its doors, leaving behind a legacy of excitement and competition at Son Muntaner.
From my side, I want to express gratitude to e|motion sports group for the excellent organization and treatment received throughout the tournament, especially to Jaume Timoner, who was always attentive to us, providing all the information we might need.