Wales Ladies Championship of Europe Tournament

The Wales Ladies Championship of Europe was a golf tournament that originated in Scotland before moving to Wales. It was part of the Ladies European Tour schedule from the mid-1990s into the early 2000s.

First played: 1996

Last played: 2010

The tournament's alternate names are noted below, but "WPGA Championship" was part of the event name for the first seven tournaments. The event began in Scotland but moved permanently to Wales beginning in 2001.

Helen Alfredsson was the only multiple champion, posting two victories. Laura Davies won once, but was runner-up in four other years.

The tournament was always scheduled for four rounds, and the lowest winning score was 274, recorded by Kirsty Taylor in 2005 and Linda Wessberg in 2006.

In Taylor's 2005 win, she opened with a round of 61 — the first golfer in LET history to post that score. In addition to the 61 establishing a tour record, Taylor's 11-under score in relation to par also tied that tour record.

The largest margin of victory was Catriona Matthew's 5-stroke win (over runners-up Alfredsson and Davies) in 1998.

Also known as: The tournament went by various names, including McDonald's WPGA Championship of Europe and just McDonald's WPGA Championship; WPGA Championship of Europe, The Wales WPGA Championship of Europe, Wales "Golf as it should be" Ladies Open and S4/C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe.

Winners of the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe

2010 — Lee-Anne Pace, 282
2009 — Karen Stupples, 276
2008 — Lotta Wahlin, 209
2007 — Joanne Mills, 282
2006 — Linda Wessberg, 274
2005 — Kirsty Taylor, 274
2004 — Trish Johnson, 277
2003 — Shani Waugh, 286
2002 — Asa Gottmo, 285
2001 — Helen Alfredsson, 276
2000 — Not played
1999 — Laura Davies, 280
1998 — Catriona Matthew, 276
1997 — Helen Alfredsson, 276
1996 — Tina Fischer, 278

Golf courses: The Wales Ladies Championship of Europe was played first in Scotland, where the tournament debuted without "Wales" in its title. The King's Course at Gleneagles Hotel was the first site. When the tournament moved to Wales, it took place at Royal Porthcawl for several years, then rotated to Machynys Peninsula, Royal St. David's and Conwy Golf Club.

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