Sporting Club Berlin Named

It was announced that Sporting Club Berlin would host the 2001 Ladies German Open...

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Terence O'Rorke
Mon, 2 Apr 2001

Sporting Club Berlin Named

(London, England, April 2, 2001) The Evian Ladies European Tour (LET) confirmed today that the 2001 Ladies German Open will be hosted by the Palmerston Golf Resort at the prestigious Sporting Club Berlin.

The £100,000 event, which will take place from August 16-19, was originally scheduled for the Marriott Hotel Treudelberg, but the Hamburg venue was forced to pull out after its sponsors withdrew their support.

Sporting Club Berlin lies just over an hour's drive from Berlin city centre in the Brandenburg countryside, and boasts three 18-hole championship layouts.

The brand new Silberberg Course, which was constructed by European Golf Design, will be used for what is the 12th stop on the 2001 Evian Tour.

"We are delighted to announce such a prestigious new venue for the 2001 Ladies German Open and I would like to thank the German Golf Federation for helping us to source an alternative course," said Tim Howland, LET Chief Executive. "Sporting Club Berlin is one of the finest leisure resorts in Europe with some outstanding facilities, both at the Palmerston Golf Resort and throughout the complex.

"The Ladies German Open has been an integral part of the Evian Tour since 1987, and although we are sad to be leaving Treudelberg, I have every confidence we can look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Sporting Club Berlin.

"The fact that we have been able to secure an alternative venue is proof that there is a strong interest in the women's game in Germany.

"With the likes of Elisabeth Esterl and Tina Fischer establishing themselves amongst the leading players on the Evian Tour, I expect to see this interest develop over the next few seasons."

In addition to the Palmerston Golf Resort, which has experience of hosting the European Seniors Tour, Sporting Club Berlin also boasts a five-star hotel, a marina, a Nick Bollettieri tennis academy, a riding school and a health club and spa.

Last year's Ladies German Open was won by England's Joanne Morley, who took a break from her usual schedule in the United States to secure her second win in this tournament and only her second title in Europe. The Sporting Club Berlin has also expressed an interest in staging The Solheim Cup in 2008 and will be speaking to officials from the LET in due course.

Other past champions of the Ladies German Open include Solheim Cup stars Liselotte Neumann of Sweden and England's Alison Nicholas.