Linn Grant during the Spanish Women's Open in Benahavís. / EFE

Four Malaga golfers are playing in Spanish Women's Open

The final leg in the Ladies European Tour, which is looking to crown the winner, teed-off yesterday at Alferini Golf

SHAY CONAGHAN MARBELLA.

Four golfers from Malaga province are taking part in the Spanish Women's Open which began yesterday and is being held until Sunday on the Costa del Sol.

Ana Peláez, Noemí Jiménez, Laura Gómez and Azahara Muñoz are competing to win the last tournament of the season of the Ladies European Tour, with Muñoz in the top 15 after day one.

The LET is also looking to crown an overall winner in either Maja Stark or Linn Grant, with the latter ahead after the first day. The pair are separated by 69 points in the overall LET table, which means first place will go down to the wire.

As for the four Malaga locals, they are part of the group of 16 Spaniards looking to win. There are another 56 golfers from 20 different nationalities taking part, as well as three amateurs who were invited by the event organisers.

The non-professional participants are battling for the chance to win the Celia Barquín Memorial prize, which is named after the young Spanish golfer who was murdered in 2018.

The Spanish Women's Open is offering a prize pool of 650,000 euros. Another 250,000 euros will be awarded to the top three golfers in the Order of Merit, which is given to the leading money winners on the tour.

Charity aspect

The event organisers have also partnered with the Ronald McDonald Foundation to raise funds for the charity during the tournament.

The Spanish Women's Open decided to partner with the charity for "their work on behalf of children". This means that the Foundation will have a presence at the competition with charity competitions and merchandising, as well as face painting and balloon modelling for the children who attend the weekend-long competition.