Golfers from Asia and around the world will have a fresh opportunity to join world class players on the global stage with the news that the Ladies European Tour has launched a new qualifying event at Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The event will be played on 19-22 October 2016 as one of four pre-qualifying tournaments for the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School, culminating with the Final Stage in Marrakech, Morocco, on 17-21 December.
Commenting on the new three-year agreement, LET CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh said: “Lalla Aicha Tour School is part of the LET’s strategy to create a clear development pathway from the amateur to the professional game and we are delighted to partner with Angkor Golf Resort to extend the brand into a new region and providing aspiring talents in Asia easy access to a fantastic venue.”
Aspiring Ladies European Tour professionals will compete over four rounds on the award winning par 72, 7279 yard championship golf course designed by European legend, Sir Nick Faldo at Angkor Golf Resort, which is conveniently located five minutes from Siem Reap International Airport and 10 minutes from the famous Angkor Wat temple. Cambodia has a budding golf tourism market and this event will showcase the world class facilities of Angkor Golf Resort, which has received a huge raft of accolades since opening in 2008. The resort hosted the Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic on the men’s Asian Tour in 2012 and received the IAGTO Excellence award in 2015.
PGA Head Professional Alan Martin commented: “We are delighted to bring professional golf back to Cambodia. This event has great potential to help showcase Angkor Golf Resort and the golf that is on offer in a fast growing golf destination. The Q-School will help us with our commitment, through the Angkor Golf Resort Academy, to grow the game of golf here in Cambodia. It is an exciting new partnership with the LET and hopefully in the near future we can bring a main Tour event to Angkor Golf Resort.”
The Ladies European Tour is expanding its global brand presence following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with international qualifying tournaments in Africa, Asia and South America. Pre Qualifiers “A” and “B” will be played at Mohammedia Golf Course in Morocco on 16-19 November and 9-12 December respectively. Pre Qualifier “C” will be played at Angkor Golf Resort on 19-22 October and Pre Qualifier “D” will return to the prestigious La Pradera de Potosi Golf Club in La Calera, Colombia, on 23-26 November.
The Final Qualifier to determine membership for the LET in 2017 will be played on the Amelkis and Samanah Golf Courses in Marrakech, Morocco, on 17 to 21 December 2016.