Boeljon Wins Again At Belek

Last year’s winner Christel Boeljon was first again this year in the Turkish Airlines’ Ladies open, held at the National Golf Club in Belek, May 9 to 13.

Congratulating the Dutch player in a talk he gave at the awards ceremony, Mineks International and National Golf Club President Bülent Göktuna told her in jest to “Clear the way a little for the other golfers.”
Snippets of our conversations with some of the players in the tournament:

Christel Boeljon
Boeljon summed up her feelings about being first again at Antalya, saying, “Holding on to first place means a lot to me. I love the course here.”

Ursula Wikström
Wikström is very pleased about Turkish Airlines transporting her golf bags free of charge. An admirer of Paulo Coelho, when asked about her favorite book Witström says The Witch of Portobello and Aleph are the best.

Charley Hull
Only 16 years old, Charley Hull finished fifth in the tournament despite competing in the amateur category. She attributes her success, adding, “I’m used to playing on such courses where I come from.”

Pernilla Lindberg
Shooting the only hole in one of the tournament on the 11th hole on the second day, Pernilla Lindberg says, “It was a great shot. I made a good stroke with a 7-iron at 131 yards (approx. 120 meters) on the 11th hole. A hole in one is always something special.”

Melissa Reid
We talked with Melissa Reid, tournament winner two years ago, on the second day of the tournament and asked her about her expectations. “I always keep my expectations high,” said Reid. “I”m playing here with very good golfers on a difficult course that demands high concentration.”

Support for little golfers
A framed set of photographs and personal effects autographed by Melissa Reid, Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davis and Christel Boeljon was auctioned off at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open Garanti Masters Pro-Am tournament awards ceremony the evening of May 9. Proceeds from the sale, a joint 35,000-euro purchase by Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Ağaoğlu and Carya Golf Club President Fikret Öztürk, are to be donated entirely for the training of young golfers in the National Golf Club Junior Academy.

New professional tournaments
The success of the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open appears to have paved the way for some other major tournaments to come to Turkey in the years ahead. Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Ağaoğlu said they were working to organize a men’s professional European tournament and a world final next year.