Challenging weeks ahead: Epson Tour in Arizona for LPGA in California
Klára Spilková is to play in the second tournament of the Epson Tour 2022 season after she had to give up in the first round during her initial start in Florida due to health problems. From March 17 to 20, the Czech golf professional will start at the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic.
The best Czech golfer is scheduled to play at 12.02 local time. In the first two opening rounds, Klára Spilková will play along Canadian Alena Sharp and Australian Amelia Garvey.
“I played here last year, so I know the course. It is a technical one with hard greens because, as usual, it is dry and hot here. Putts feel right though… I can’t wait to play here. I have arrived to Arizona on Monday. I completed a practice round on Tuesday, and Pro-Am is played on Wednesday,” Klára Spilková described her first impressions.
The Arizona event will feature two players from the Top 3 from the opening Ladies European Tour 2022 tournament in Kenya – the second Marta Sanz Bario (Spain) and the third Linnea Ström (Sweden).
The second tournament of the Epson Tour 2022 will welcome English Meghan MacLaren (a two-time LET tournament winner), American Lucy Li, who holds the record for the youngest qualifier at the US Women’s Open (2014 as 11 years old) and also Gabriela Ruffels, the first Australian to win the US Women’s Open Amateur in 2019, to name a few.
The venue will take place at the Longbow Golf Club, North Mesa, near the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and downtown Scottsdale. The Longbow GC was ranked among the Top 100 resort courses in the U.S. by the Golfweek magazine. It was opened in 1997, and just six years later it underwent a complete redesign.
Klára Spilková will then fly from Arizona to California to take part in the qualification for the next LPGA tournament on Monday, March 21 – JTBC Classic. At the Aviara Golf Club, 48 players will compete for two seats in a single round played for 18 holes.
The start list also includes Linnea Ström and Meghan MacLaren, Spanish Luna Sobron Galmes and Dutch Annie Van Dam (both of whom are now competing in the Ladies European Tour in Saudi Arabia), Spanish Nurria Iturrioz, another LET winner, or Japanese Haru Nomura, a three-time LPGA tournament winner.