The 45th Hassan II Golf Trophy and 24th Lalla Meryem Cup were once again hailed as a great success after two new champions were crowned at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in the Moroccan capital of Rabat on Sunday.
Sweden’s Jenny Haglund won on 285 (-3) on the Blue Course, while Frenchman Alex Levy boosted his Ryder Cup hopes with a winning score of 280 (-8).
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, LET chairman Mark Lichtenhein said: “On behalf of the Ladies European Tour, it is a huge pleasure to be here to celebrate a truly exceptional week of golf.
“I would like to express our gratitude to His Majesty King Mohammed VI for His High Royal Patronage of the event, and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, Chairman of the Hassan II Golf Trophy Association and the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation, for his long-term support of women’s golf, building on the foundations laid by His Majesty the late King Hassan II.
“It was an enormous honour that His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid chose to play in the Lalla Meryem Cup Pro Am for the third year, this time with European Solheim Cup team member Florentyna Parker and we congratulate him on his victory in the competition.
“Furthermore, we are indebted to His Royal Highness, Prince Moulay Rachid, for his vision in bringing the Lalla Meryem Cup and the Hassan II Trophy, along with the two Tours, together in this unique celebration of men and women’s golf. In the past eight years, this vision has led to numerous initiatives to bring our respective members together under one roof and this year we have three other events this year on the LET schedule where our ladies will play alongside their male counterparts.
“Through the Lalla Meryem Cup and the Hassan II Golf Trophy, we have just experienced the most fantastic festival of golf.”
European Tour CEO Keith Pelley echoed those sentiments and added: “This event is truly a testament to the legacy of His Majesty the late King Hassan II.
“I have fallen in love with Morocco and my family loves coming here, I brought them out to Marrakech. It’s a special place and it’s quickly becoming a world golf destination.”