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Irish Open returns to Ladies European Tour in 2022

The event was last held at Killeen Castle 2012.

Killeen Castle hosted the last Women's Irish Open in 2012.
Killeen Castle hosted the last Women's Irish Open in 2012.
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THE IRISH OPEN will return to the Ladies European Tour calendar in 2022.

Europe will play host to 19 tournaments from May to September, with the return of the Madrid Ladies Open, the Mithra Belgian Open and the Women’s Irish Open all on the cards.

The Irish Open is scheduled to take place from 22-25 September, but no venue or prize fund has been confirmed.

The Irish Open was last part of the Ladies European Tour calendar in 2012, when this year’s Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew was victorious at Killeen Castle.

Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly said the news represented a major boost for Irish golf.

“Today’s news is an early Christmas present for golf fans in Ireland,” Kennelly said.

“We have been working behind the scenes with the Ladies European Tour and Sport Ireland since early this year hoping for today’s news to become reality.

“I would like to thank both organisations for the work done behind the scenes that has led us to today’s announcement and we look forward to further details early next year.

“2021 has been a historic year for Women’s golf in Ireland in the professional and amateur ranks. We hope the return of the Women’s Irish Open will continue to inspire the next generation.”

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