LETwednesday – total success for the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Melissa Reid - winner of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open
Melissa Reid - winner of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

On Wednesday England’s Melissa Reid was a very popular winner of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, an event she had previously won in 2010. It was a convincing and well deserved win as she led from start to finish.

The 27-year-old fired rounds of 65, 69, 74 and 73 at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, Turkey for a total of 11 under par and a four stroke win over the current leader of the 2015 Order of Merit, France’s Gwladys Nocera.

Melissa Reid receives a champagne shower from fellow golfers as she holes the 18th to win the 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, Turkey
Melissa Reid receives a champagne shower

As she holed the 18th she was drenched with a ‘champagne shower’ by fellow golfers as they shared Melissa’s Turkish delight at winning her fifth Ladies European Tour title.

“When you win you want to win properly and to lead every single day has been nice. I’ve not been in that position before, so to win in that way does make it extra special,” said Reid.

Melissa Reid’s last victory came at the Prague Golf Masters in 2012, which she won a month after the tragic loss of her mother, Joy, and her success in Turkey completed a difficult emotional journey for the popular and talented player.

Following the victory she said she now feels that her game is better than ever:

“I’ve got a fantastic team around me which I can’t give enough credit to and I’ve been working with Kevin Craggs. He’s been amazing and a massive influence not just on my career but on my life. It’s been a difficult journey and it’s not one I want to go through again but it makes the win even sweeter and I’ve stepped it up a bit and it’s just the beginning really.”

The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open was the first major tournament to be played from Sunday to Wednesday instead of the traditional Thursday to Sunday; and the experiment has been hailed as a great success.  Live TV coverage is a must if ladies golf is to grow its audience and popularity and receive the recognition in deserves and in an attempt to suit TV scheduling the Sunday to Wednesday tournament was a success.
Sky Sports showed highlights of the first two days play followed by live coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday, allowing them to concentrate on the BMWPGA Championship at Wentworth come Thursday.

The Ladies European Tour (LET) ran successfully social media campaigns using the hashtags #LETwednesday & #LOVEwednesday and it appears that the first golf tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday was a complete success with fans, sponsors and media around the world. So it looks like this revolutionary idea is here to stay.

The 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open was the first major tournament to be played from Sunday to Wednesday
The 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

Laura Davies, Kylie Walker and Sally Watson tied for third place on six under par, while Pamela Pretswell slipped into sixth place after a final round of 78.

Sally Watson

“I am pleased. I was three shots back at the start of the day and with the wind and tough conditions it was tough to put a low score together to catch Melissa. I can’t complain with a third place finish: highest of the year so far.”

Laura Davies said:

“It’s been a great week to be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed the concept. I love the golf course. I just wish we played it here every year because it’s a great course for the girls and gives us a chance to play some really good golf and make lots of birdies. Mel made more than most of us, but overall I’m really pleased. I had one bad day with the putter and it really cost me dearly, but I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.”

The 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open
The 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open Collated final scores:

281 – Melissa Reid (ENG)  65 69 74 73

285 – Gwladys Nocera (FRA)  68 70 76 71

286 – Kylie Walker (SCO)  72 74 68 72, Sally Watson (SCO)  72 71 68 75, Laura Davies (ENG)  66 77 71 72

287 – Pamela Pamela Pretswell (SCO)  72 65 72 78

288 – Titiya Plucksataporn (THA)  71 73 72 72, Lucie Andre (FRA)  71 70 71 76, Emily Kristine Pedersen (DNK)  75 73 70 70

290 – Rebecca Artis (AUS)  69 71 72 78, Lynn Carlsson (SWE)  72 71 72 75, Beth Allen (USA)  72 71 73 74, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DNK)  72 75 67 76, Carly Booth (SCO)  70 70 75 75

291 – Isabelle Boineau (FRA)  70 73 73 75, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)  72 74 74 71, Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)  74 74 72 71, Lina Boqvist (SWE)  73 73 70 75, Louise Stahle (SWE)  76 73 69 73

292 – Lauren Taylor (ENG)  71 76 72 73, Bree Arthur (AUS)  76 72 68 76, Camilla Lennarth (SWE)  71 71 76 74, Chloe Leurquin (BEL)  70 73 73 76, Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)  75 68 72 77, Georgia Hall (ENG)  72 71 77 72, Malene Jorgensen (DEN)  70 75 75 72

293 – Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)  72 76 72 73, Liz Young (ENG)  71 74 72 76

294 – Amy Boulden (WAL)  71 70 79 74, Caroline Afonso (FRA)  76 73 71 74, Stefania Croce (ITA)  77 74 70 73

295 – Christine Wolf (AUT)  75 74 72 74, Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN)  80 71 66 78, Fabienne In-albon (SWI)  73 74 74 74, Caroline Martens (NOR)  69 80 73 73, Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)  73 70 74 78, Ssu-Chia Cheng (TPE)  75 73 76 71, Maria Balikoeva (RUS)  73 76 75 71

296 – Florentyna Parker (ENG)  73 75 72 76, Holly Clyburn (ENG)  73 74 77 72, Stacey Keating (AUS)  77 74 72 73

297 – Miriam Nagl (BRA)  74 76 72 75

298 – Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)  78 73 73 74, Marion Ricordeau (FRA)  74 77 70 77, Klara Spilkova (CZE)  77 69 75 77, Daisy Nielsen (DEN)  76 73 72 77

299 – Maha Haddioui (MAR)  74 75 74 76, Ann-Kathrin Lindner (GER)  76 73 74 76

300 – Laura Jansone (LVA)  76 71 75 78, Monique Smit (RSA)  75 75 76 74, Noora Tamminen (FIN)  69 82 74 75

301 – Sophie Sandolo (ITA)  74 77 74 76

302 – Holly Aitchison (ENG)  75 75 77 75, Nicole Garcia (RSA)  75 75 77 75

303 – Linda Henriksson (FIN)  72 79 77 75, Alex Peters (ENG)  75 76 76 76, Vikki Laing (SCO)  73 70 83 77, Melissa Eaton (RSA)  72 74 80 77, Lien Willems (BEL)  72 79 75 77

304 – Nina Holleder (GER)  79 72 76 77, Csilla Lajtai-rozsa (HUN)  74 74 80 76

305 – Diana Luna (ITA)  75 76 76 78

306 – Martyna Mierzwa (POL)  73 77 80 76, Emma Goddard (ENG)  78 73 77 78

307 – Steffi Kirchmayr (GER)  73 77 79 78, Virginia Espejo (ESP)  73 74 83 77

311 – Hannah Ralph (ENG)  74 76 77 84

313 – Emma Westin (SWE)  78 73 76 86

Melissa Reid leads the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open after Round Two

Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015
Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015

Melissa Reid (England) leads the way at the halfway stage of the Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open on -12, closely followed by Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) on -9, Gwladys Nocera (France) -8, Rebecca Artis (Australia) and Carly Booth (Scotland) on -6.

Melissa Reid @ Turkish Airlines Ladies Open
Melissa Reid @ Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015 at Carya Golf Club, Turkey

Melissa Reid started slowly but kept her over nıght lead:

“I didn’t play great this morning, I feel fine now. I tried to stay patient because I knew that there were birdie opportunities out there. I knew at the start of the day that I wanted to get to 12 under so that was my goal the whole day.”

Pamela Pretswell shot the lowest round of her career to move ınto second place and was pleased wıth her performance:

“Today I played some really solid golf and made quite a few birdies out there, which was nice. I was just focusing on one hole at a time and doing what I could do.”

Carly Booth - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015
Carly Booth - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Carly Booth starts round 3 today in joint fourth place on 6 under after she shot 70 in both rounds.

“It’s funny because both days I’ve had the exact same stats: 11 fairways, 14 greens and 30 putts. I’m playing very steady and there were a lot of missed chances for birdie out there as well, but I’m hitting good putts, which is nice, and hopefully they will fall over the weekend.”

Carly was forgetting this is the first Ladies European Tour tournament to be played from Sunday to Wednesday.  But we knew what she meant; and when asked why she was doıng well, she commented:

“I’m feeling confident with my golf swing at the moment, I’m visualising the shots a lot better and the course suits me.”

Round three of the  Turkish Airlines Ladies Open continues today at the Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey.

Belek, in the Antalya region of Turkey, to host IGTM 2011

Belek, in the Antalya region of Turkey, to host International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) 2011
Belek, in the Antalya region of Turkey, to host International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) 2011

International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) has announced that Belek, in the Antalya region of Turkey, will host the 14th edition of the world’s premier global event for golf tourism suppliers, buyers and media, from November 14-17, 2011.

Belek, one of the fastest growing and most successful golf destinations in the world, close to the cosmopolitan city of Antalya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, boasts 14 world-class golf venues, featuring signature designed golf courses by Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, among others, plus a wealth of high quality hotels.

Öner Uygun of Millennium Golf, commented: “We are delighted to be selected as the host of IGTM, which is a globally important event, and look forward to welcoming the industry’s leading golf tourism suppliers, buyers, official dignitaries and media from across the globe to Belek and Antalya.

“Since the opening of Belek’s first golf course, The National Golf Course, and the establishment of the Turkish Golf Association, in the early 1990s, Belek has benefited from huge investment with 14 top golf courses attracting a large and growing number of international visitors. In 2009, 349,000 rounds of golf were played, while 400,000 rounds were played in the first ten months of 2010.

Belek, on the Mediterranean coast, just 30 kilometres from Antalya airport, is at the heart of Turkish golf. The hotels are all 4 and 5-star standard and offer an excellent range of leisure facilities, with plenty to explore in the surrounding area.

“The climate has proven to be a clear attraction to Turkey, with people first visiting the country for its sun, sand and sea, as well as its historical and cultural appeal,” added Öner Uygun. “With the added benefits of high standards of service and accommodation, good value for money, and of course, a fantastic range of international standard golf courses, we are confident that visitors to Turkey and next year’s IGTM will have a great experience.”

Mark Walsh, Group Exhibition Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “Turkey, the 2008 IAGTO Best Golf Destination winner, and Belek Antalya, in particular, has enjoyed spectacular recent success and now is the right time to host the world’s largest gathering of golf tourism professionals in this exciting destination.

“The quality of the golf courses and resorts in Belek is outstanding, and combined with an excellent conference facility, The Antalya Expo Centre, we have all the necessary logistics to make IGTM 2011 a global success.”

Antalya boasts the world’s 26th busiest international airport with nearly 10 million passengers in 2010, an increase of more than 23% year-on-year.

IGTM will take place November 14-17, 2011, the week after the World Travel Market, London, also a Reed Travel Exhibitions event.

For more information about IGTM, please visit: www.igtm.co.uk