Turkey is getting ready to host the inaugural Turkish Ladies Open.
the €250,000 event, part of the 2008 Ladies European Tour, will take place at the National Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey's up and coming golf center, where golf and golf tourism are growing by leaps and bounds.
This past weekend beautiful, talented German Golf Girl, Martina Eberl, who won last year's Madrid Ladies Masters, was at National Golf Club playing a round and checking out the course, which she declared to be "challenging and exciting." Martina also said that she felt the event would be a major success and a lot of fun, adding that LPGA tournaments tended to by high pressure and solitary, while LET events were more relaxed.
Along with 120 LET players, three young Turkish golfers will compete, national team members Necla Gerçek, Elçin Ulu and Müzeyyen Şaşmaz, a local girl who works as a caddy at the National Golf Club.
The tournament is bound to be good for golf in Turkey, which despite its recent growth, is still in its infancy. National Golf Club can also be credited with promoting golf...at the grass roots level. The club has a policy encouraging its employees to play golf. All employees, from the ground up are encouraged to play golf whenever they have the time and many of those who started to work here as caddies have become trainers. They now train 40 talented children, 25 from the nearby villages and 15 from the local orphanage. Many of these kid are probably dreaming of someday playing in a future Turkish Ladies Open.