European Ladies' Amateur

Played under the auspices of the European Golf Association, the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship is an annual stroke play tournament over four 18-hole rounds on consecutive days, with entries from a maximum of 144 female amateur players who are included in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings and have a playing handicap of a certain number (6.0 in 2019) or better.

European Ladies Amateur Championship Trophy

Guaranteed entrants include: the defending champion; four players nominated by the host country; one player nominated by other EGA-affiliated national golf authorities; players who have taken part in the latest editions of the Patsy Hankins Trophy and Vagliano Trophy; the latest winner of the South American Women’s Amateur championship; and the highest ranked entrants with an R&A WWAGR position between 1 and 1600.

The remainder of the starting field comprises entrants in order of handicap and the Committee can limit the number of competitors from any country in the final list. If entries exceed the maximum permitted, a reserve list will be created and entrance fees refunded to those balloted out who do not subsequently play.

There’s a cut during the competition after 54 holes, with the 60 lowest scores and ties qualifying for the final 18-hole round. The winner doesn’t actually get to keep the trophy for a year – it’s held by his national golf authority which must engrave, insure and return it the following year to the EGA – but she’s presented with a gold medal, while the runner-up and third-placed competitor receive a silver and bronze medal, respectively.

The first edition of the Ladies’ Amateur took place on the Grand Parcours layout at Morfontaine in 1986, where Martina Koch from G...

European Ladies' Amateur host courses

Amber Baltic (Championship)

10th Poland Ranking

The Championship course at Amber Baltic Golf Club lies within the Woliñski National Park on the Baltic island of Wolin, way up in the extreme north west of Poland, close to the German border.

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Aura

13th Finland Ranking

Aura golf course opened in 1958 within a former castle estate and magnificent oak trees frame most of the holes.

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Bad Saarow (Faldo Berlin)

4th North East Germany - Best in Area 18th Germany Ranking

There are golf holes to spare at Golf Club Bad Saarow (formerly known as Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee) – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Faldo Berlin course.

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Båstad (Gamla)

20th South & West Sweden - Best in Area 29th Sweden Ranking

Founded in 1930, Båstad Golfkubb engaged the then leading architectural firm of Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to construct the Gamla (Old) course and it’s now considered to be the second oldest 18-hole layout in the country.

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Biella

3rd Northern Italy - Best in Area 3rd Italy Ranking 57th Continental Europe Ranking

Golf Club Biella known locally as "Le Betulle" is located in Valcarozza, one of the most evocative and serene spots in northern Italy. The club was founded in 1958 and the English architect John Morrison designed it.

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Diners CUBO

5th Slovenia Ranking

Construction work on the first nine holes at Diners Golf Course (now called Diners CUBO Golf Course Ljubljana) started in early 2007 under the direction of architect Peter Škofic, with the second nine added a year later.

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Estonian (Sea)

2nd Estonia Ranking

The Estonian Golf & Country Club is recognised as one of the best complexes in Eastern Europe and it has been attracting a growing number of golfers to its fairways since it first opened in 2005.

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Estoril

17th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 46th Portugal Ranking

One of the most historically important golf clubs in the country, Estoril was instrumental (along with Oporto, Miramar and Lisbon Sports Club) in forming the Portuguese Golf Federation in 1949.

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Falsterbo

1st South & West Sweden - Best in Area 2nd Sweden Ranking 27th Continental Europe Ranking

Falsterbo is one of the few true classic links courses in Continental Europe. It’s located at the southernmost tip of Sweden on the scenic Falsterbo peninsula, where the Öresund and the Baltic meet.

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Formby

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Formby is the prettiest of the eight top-notch links courses located between the seaside town of St Annes and the city of Liverpool. It is bordered on three sides by pine trees, giving the links a decidedly softer, heathland feel.

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European Ladies' Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Borje Courses Played 16
2 Georg Kittel Courses Played 13
= Markku Nokso-Koivisto Courses Played 13
4 Bob McCoy Courses Played 11
5 Tom Courses Played 9
= Kimmo Ekroth Courses Played 9
= Andreas Obrock Courses Played 9
= Walter Resch Courses Played 9
= Jorn Greve Courses Played 9
= Jim McCann Courses Played 9