Karine Icher

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Karine Icher
— Golfer —
2009 Women's British Open - Karine Icher (3).jpg
Karine Icher at the 2009 Women's British Open
Personal information
Born (1979-01-26) 26 January 1979 (age 35)
Châteauroux, France
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality  France
Residence France
Career
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2003)
Ladies European Tour (joined 2001)
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
Ladies European Tour 5
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T19: 2013
LPGA Championship T45: 2012
U.S. Women's Open T6: 2005
Women's British Open T10: 2006
Evian Championship T27: 2014

Karine Icher (born 26 January 1979) is a French professional golfer who plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is also a member of the Ladies European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Icher was born in Châteauroux, Indre. She had a successful amateur career and was twice Junior Champion of France winning the Girls 15-16 age group in 1994 and the 17-18 age group in 1996. In 1997 she was a member of the victorious European team in the Vagliano Trophy and won the International Amateur Open of Spain whilst in 1998 she won the French Amateur Cup. In 1999 she was in the European Team which retained the Vagliano Trophy, was part of the victorious French team at the European Team Championship, defended the French Amateur Cup and won the International Amateur Open of Germany.

In 2000 she won the International Amateur Open of France[1] and was a member of the winning French team at the 2000 Espirito Santo Trophy Women's World Amateur Team Championship finishing fourth in the individual competition.[2] She turned professional on 1 September 2000 and finished first at the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School to earn exempt status for the 2001 season.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In her 2001 LET rookie season Icher won two tournaments, the Palmerston Ladies German Open[4] and the Mexx Sport Open[5] and finished the year third on the Order of Merit and second behind Suzann Pettersen for the LET Rookie of the Year title.[3] In 2002 she won the Caja Duero Open de Espana,[6] tied for seventh at the Evian Masters[7] and was qualified in third place for the European 2002 Solheim Cup team.[8][9] She earned non-exempt status for the 2003 LPGA season having tied for 38th at the 2002 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament but chose to continue full-time on the Ladies European Tour. She retained her non-exempt status at the 2003 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament by finishing tied sixty-fifth.[7]

Icher played full-time on the Ladies European Tour in 2004, ending with five top ten finishes including a win at the Catalonia Ladies Masters.[10] She retained her non-exempt status at the 2004 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament by finishing tied fifty-fifth and elected to play her rookie season on the LPGA beginning the year with conditional playing privileges. A second place finish at the Corona Morelia Championship in Mexico meant that after the re-rank she earned her full LPGA card for 2005. She finished 30th on the money list in her rookie season.[7] She returned to the Ladies European Tour to play in the Catalonia Ladies Masters which she successfully defended.[5] She started the 2006 season by pairing with Gwladys Nocera to represent France at the Women's World Cup of Golf.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Icher gave birth to a daughter in July 2011[12] and did not play in LET events or in LPGA majors after April 2011, including in the Solheim Cup in September 2011.[13]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

Ladies European Tour (5)[edit]

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP T51 DNP DNP DNP T24 T53 CUT DNP
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT CUT T46 74
U.S. Women's Open CUT CUT DNP CUT T6 T55 T66 DNP T67
Women's British Open T60 CUT CUT DNP CUT T10 T16 CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T56 T41 T35 T19 T46
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP DNP T20 T22
Women's British Open T27 DNP T33 T22 T45
LPGA Championship CUT DNP T45 CUT CUT
The Evian Championship ^ CUT T27

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half=way cut.
"T" tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 8
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 6
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 12 7
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 8 42 25
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2010 British Open – 2013 Kraft Nabisco)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 7 3–3–1 0–1–1 1–1–0 2–1–0 3.5 50%
2002 3 1–2–0 0–1–0 lost to R. Jones 3&2 0–0–0 1–1–0 lost w/ S. Gustafson 4&3,
won w/R. Carriedo-Tomas 1 up
1.0 33.3%
2013 4 2–1–1 0–0–1 halved with C. Kerr 1–1–0 won w/ A. Muñoz 2&1
lost w/ A. Muñoz 1dn
1–0–0 won w/B. Recari 2 up 2.5 62.5%

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Titles". Karine Icher official website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  2. ^ "France Claims Women's World Amateur Team Championship By 7 Strokes". International Golf Federation. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Karine Icher Player Profile". LET. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  4. ^ Saunders, Steve (2001-08-20). "Icher survives pressure packed day". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  5. ^ a b "Icher successfully defends in Catalonia". LET. 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Icher survives pressure packed day". LET. 2002-06-02. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  7. ^ a b c "Karine Icher Full Career Bio". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Reid chooses wild cards amid controversy". LET. 2002-08-25. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  9. ^ "Solheim Cup Player Profile: Karine Icher". LET. 2002-09-04. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Icher fires another 62 to win in Catalonia". LET. 2004-10-03. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  11. ^ "LET season starts with Women's World Cup of Golf 2006". LET. 2006-01-18. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  12. ^ Kingsmill Championship, Kingsmill Championship Interview Transcript September 9, 2012 September 9, 2012. Accessed April 7, 2013.
  13. ^ Ladies European Tour, Karine Icher expecting a girl 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2011-07-28.

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