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Ninth tournament of the season in the Ladies European Tour

Eight Spanish women on the conquest of the Aramco Team Series in Seoul

Luna Sobrón, en el New Korea Country Club © LET | Tristan Jones
Luna Sobrón, en el New Korea Country Club © LET | Tristan Jones

After two weeks in South Africa, the Ladies European Tour lands this week in Seoul for the second event of the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF season. For the first time in the South Korean capital, 108 players from 36 different countries will meet at the New Korea Country Club, from 10 to 12 May, to compete for team and individual victory with a prize pool of one million dollars.

No less than seven Spanish players will be there, Nuria Iturrioz, Carmen Alonso, María Hernández, Marta Sanz, Teresa Díez, Paz Marfá, Marta Martín and Luna Sobrón, who comes from a great tied third place in mid-April at the Joburg Ladies Open, one of the two tournaments played in Africa before the European women’s circuit changed continents for this event.

The team competition, as usual in these Aramco Team Series, will consist of 36 holes. The two best results on each hole are the ones that will count for the team score, with a final definitive ranking after the second day of competition. The individual competition will go up to 54 holes in stroke play, with a cut for the top 60 and ties after the first two rounds.

New Korea Country Club
New Korea Country Club

The ‘draft’ will kick off the tournament, with 36 captains who will be granted a choice based on their position in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Then, to each pair already formed by a captain and her first choice, a third player will be added at random from those not chosen and an amateur golfer to complete the team with four members.

This Aramco Team Series Korea in Seoul is the ninth tournament of the season on the Ladies European Tour and the last before the tour returns to Europe to play the bulk of its calendar, which begins with the Amundi German Masters. Englishwoman Charley Hull leads the field as the eighth-ranked player in the world, shortly after matching her career-best seventh place.

Other big stars in this Seoul tournament alongside the three-time LET winner are, for example, her Solheim Cup rival, Danielle Kang, or South Korean Hyo-Joo Kim, who is playing at home. In total, there will be up to 34 circuit winners in the ‘field’, including five 2024 champions: Singaporean Shannon Tan, Englishwoman Bronte Law, Colombian Mariajo Uribe, Swiss Chiara Tamburlini and Belgian Manon De Roey.

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard will defend her title after her feat in last year’s Singapore edition. There, the French star signed a final round of 64 strokes (-8) and overcame Kang and Lydia Ko to lift the ATS trophy. The Wolf team was the team winner of the last edition, with its three professionals, Christine Wolf, Ellie Givens and Casandra Alexander, again in search of victory.

Although the Ladies European Tour has previously organised three tournaments in Korea, on the island of Jeju in 2008, 2009 and 2010, this will be the first time it passes through Seoul, with the spectacular, mountainous and wooded New Korea Golf Club in Gyeonggi-do as the setting. A real challenge in which the wide Spanish representation will try to give themselves a joy, either in the different teams in which they are framed or in the final individual general classification.