The Tipsport Czech Ladies Open, taking place at Beroun Golf Club from June 25– 27, will welcome a star that has not competed in Czechia, yet. For the first time in her professional career, Sandra Gal will enter the Ladies European Tour event on a Czech golf course.
Sandra Gal was born into a Czech family living in Germany, she studied at the University of Florida and won on the LPGA Tour at the 2011 Kia Classic. She also represented Team Europe in the 2011 and 2015 Solheim Cup.
She recently obtained American citizenship and after a longer period of medical problems, she strives for a tournament comeback here at Beroun Golf Club. This is, in addition, her practice base whenever she visits Prague.
“I am excited for the opportunity to play at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open. Playing in Czechia after fourteen years is going to be an interesting premiere for me as a professional golfer and in front of my parents,” said Sandra Gal.
„I am currently on a medical break at the LPGA Tour. However, ever since coming to Czechia, I feel good, and my game has gotten better. This event and the next one in the Netherlands will be my preparation, a test to see my readiness to come back to the LPGA.”
Few of Sandra Gal’s accomplishments are her third-place finish at the 2012 US Women’s Open, and her victory at the Czech International Amateur Championship in 2007. In the same year, she gained her LPGA status in the Q-School and has been a member since. Gal also participated in the 2016 Olympics. She speaks Czech perfectly and likes to come back to her parents’ motherland.
„I like the golf course here at Beroun. I have played here off the tournament tees a couple times in the last few days and the results fill me with optimism, even though these have only been practice rounds. I have practiced more on the golf course than on the driving range to get a better feel. The golf course is getting into a better shape every day. Although my distance is not my number one priority right now, I have managed to hit it farther and that is why I am excited to play certain holes, like the seventh or eighteenth,” added Sandra Gal.
Obtaining the American citizenship ended up being a special present for her birthday in May. “It feels strange to be an American now, I still cannot believe it. My nationality is still European, but truth is I have lived in the US in the past 17 years. I lived in Germany until the age of 19 and whenever I go back there, it feels like home. Prague and Czechia in general are also like a home to me, I have loved coming here since I was a kid,” said the star of this year’s Tipsport Czech Ladies Open.
Tipsport Czech Ladies Open will open its door for spectators. The biggest names on the entry list including the Czech players will tee off on Friday after 2 pm and on Saturday between 10 am and 3 pm. The tournament finale will be on Sunday from 12 pm until 3 pm. O2 TV Sport a TV Tipsport will provide the live TV coverage.
More information at www.czechladiesopen.cz