Review of 2016 Lalla Meryem Cup
Ladies European Tour Rookie Nuria Iturrios from Spain won the Lalla Meryem Cup in only her second start as a professional in early May 2016. The 20-year-old from Mallorca fired a sensational final round of seven-under-par 65 on the Blue Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in torrential rain for a total of 277, 11-under-par, to end six strokes clear of overnight leader Florentyna Parker in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. “This is the best day of my life and my best achievement, after finishing fourth in Lalla Aicha Tour School,” said Iturrios, who qualified for the Ladies European Tour in Morocco just four months previously and started her career with a tie for 24th at the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open in February. She felt that the concurrent staging of the Lalla Meryem Cup and Trophée Hassan II on the men’s European Tour at the same venue was a fantastic innovation and South Korean Jeunghun Wang won the men’s competition on the Red Course with a birdie on the second play-off hole.
About the Lalla Meryem Cup
Named in honour of HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, the Lalla Meryem Cup was established in 1993 by His Majesty the Late King Hassan II and became sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour in 2010, which was the same year that the Trophée Hassan II joined the men’s PGA European Tour. In 2010, the Lalla Meryem Cup was played at Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia before moving to Golf du Soleil in Agadir in 2011. The tournament was then played at Golf de l’Océan in Agadir for four years from 2012-2015 and returned to Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in the capital Rabat in 2016, where the event was played in its early years from 1993-2008, with a one year hiatus in 2004.