After fighting for her first Grand Slam at the Evian Championship on Sunday, Carlota Ciganda signed a discreet card (73) on the 1st day of the Scottish Open, scoring for both the European and American circuits.
Carlota Ciganda, results
The golfer from Navarra, who rose to world number 36 after her third place in the fourth women’s ‘big’, made three birdies (holes 4, 8, 11), two bogeys (3, 16) and a double bogey in par 3 of 16.
Ciganda, 32, will have to deliver a good card on Friday to overcome the cut and try to rejoin the top of the table. She now shares the 82nd place, nine strokes behind the leader, the South Korean Hye-Jin Choi (64), who achieved an eagle and eight birdies and had only one bogey.
Carlota Ciganda had a brilliant career as an amateur player, winning the British Ladies Amateur tournament in 2007. In 2009 she was runner-up to Azahara Muñoz. She also won the European Ladies Amateur Championship twice, in 2004 and 2008. She was also national champion in different youth categories consecutively from 2000 to 2008, with the exception of 2005.3 She was a member in 2006 and 2008 of the team of the Espirito Santo Trophy, and came second in 2008. She was also part of the European Junior Solheim Cup (2005 and 2007) and Junior Ryder Cup (2004 and 2006) teams.
While at the University of Arizona, she was a member of the Sun Devils varsity team that competes in the NCAA championship. She debuted in 2009, becoming the first player to win two consecutive championships (2008 and 2009) in the Pacific-10 conference. In 2011 she finished in third position.
While still an amateur, Ciganda participated in several professional tournaments, the first of which was the Tenerife Ladies Open in 2005, in which she did not make the cut. However, she was the best Spanish participant in several professional tournaments, such as the 2007 Women’s Spanish Open (eighth place), or the 2008 Tenerife Ladies Open, where she finished third, just three strokes behind the winner, Rebecca Hudson.
Ciganda turned professional in May 2011. She debuted the following month at the Tenerife Ladies Match Play -an unofficial LET tournament- where she finished second to Becky Brewerton. She competed in the Ladies European Tour access heats that season, with a win at the Murcia Ladies Open. In the December 2011 LPGA qualifying tournament she finished 34th, receiving category 20 for the 2012 LPGA Tour. That same month she finished third in the LET qualifying tournament, earning her full access to the Ladies European Tour in 2012.
In her first full season on the Ladies European Tour, Ciganda won the Order of Merit, a trophy that recognizes the player with the highest prize money earnings. That same year she was chosen by a vote of the members of the association as Player of the Year. She participated in 19 tournaments, with two wins: the Deloitte Ladies Open and the China Suzhou Taihu Open. She also finished ten other tournaments in the top ten. Her efforts earned her the Rookie of the Year award. She finished the season in second place on the European Solheim Cup list with total earnings of €251,289,95.
On November 28, 2021, she prevails in the Women’s Spanish Open, having already won all the trophies that she could win in Spanish territory from the junior to professional category.