Monday, April 19, 2010

Volcanic ash not stopping L E T players from getting

to the Nations Cup at Alicante, Spain this week

Despite travel challenges due to the volcanic ash cloud across Europe, its full steam ahead for this week’s Comunitat Valenciana European Nations Cup at La Sella Resort in Dénia, Alicante, Spain.
With planes grounded, England’s Melissa Reid, who is due to compete with Karen Stupples, made the epic trek from the UK by car with Breanne Loucks from Wales. Her playing partner Becky Brewerton was already at her holiday home in Spain practising.
Golfers have been driving in from all around Europe, including Ursula Wikstrom, who drove all the way from Finland, a journey of several thousand miles
Dutch duo Christel Boeljon and Marjet van der Graaff set off from Holland by car over the weekend determined to arrive in time to defend their title. However it looks unlikely that Maria Verchenova will be able to travel from Moscow in Russia in time.
Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon are both flying in from the United States, while Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson and Anna Nordqvist will be coming from Jamaica, where Nordqvist won the Mojo6 tournament on Sunday. Their flights were delayed after Barcelona airport was closed, but it has since re-opened. Germany’s Sandra Gal was also heading the same way.
In a marathon effort, Australian Karen Lunn made it from Abu Dhabi, changing flights several times to ensure she would arrive to compete with Karrie Webb.
The players are all looking forward to representing their respective countries at the tournament, which will receive daily international television coverage.
Nightly highlights will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, Sport TV in Portugal, ESS in Asia, Viasat Sport in Scandinavia, Golf+ in Spain and Fox Sports in Australia.
Additional highlights will be shown on The Golf Channel in America, Sport + in France and on a number of other channels in various countries throughout the world.