AIB Ladies Irish Open – Portmarnock Links

Italy’s Diana Luna hit 18 greens en route to a stunning final round of 68 and claimed her first tour win in five years at the AIB Ladies Irish Open supported by Failte Ireland. She said she enjoys Ireland. “The people and the atmosphere are so great. We always play great courses; links is my favourite,” she said.

“It is a very rare occurrence”, according to Yvonne Cassidy, Tournament Director of the AIB Ladies Irish Open for the Ladies European Tour, for every one of Europe’s top 40 ranked professionals to enter for a tournament. This demonstrates the success of the event in 2008 on the Portmarnock Links club and clearly establishing it is as one of the premier events on the Ladies European Tour.

During the event Laura Davies was made an Honorary Member of The Links Golf Society at the AIB Ladies Irish Open supported by Fáilte Ireland. The English star was awarded the first female honorary membership, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in women’s golf.

From this weeks Spike Bar – by John Hopkins, Internet Sports Writer of the Year
Portmarnock Links is a course of two halves. You make your score on the outward nine holes, which are flat and quite open, and then hope to hang on to it on the inward nine holes which wend their way through sand dunes – a lengthy tongue of shallow dune land as the late, great Pat Ward-Thomas described it – by the side of the Irish Sea a few miles north of Dublin. Bernhard Langer is credited with the design of the course but Stan Eby from European Golf Design did all the work and deserves more credit.

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