A mix of 17 LET professionals launched the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at a media day at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Pictured here in front of the clubhouse from left to right are: Sahra Hassan, Charlotte Thompson, European Solheim Cup Captain Carin Koch, Sophie Walker, Melissa Reid, Lydia Hall, Hannah Burke, Lauren Taylor, Florentyna Parker, Lucy Williams, Carly Booth, Holly Clyburn, Sally Watson, Stacy Lee Bregman, Liz Young and Margherita Rigon.
A mega month of golf featuring five professional championships will begin when the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters takes place near London on 3-6 July.
Preceding the Ricoh Women’s British Open, Open Championship, Senior Open Championship and Scottish Open, the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters marks the start of a veritable feast of golf in Britain – and a fortnight of women’s professional golf in the UK.
Now in its third year, the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters has established itself as the flagship event of the Ladies European Tour, featuring 144 of the best international players.
The event takes place in the stunning environment of Buckinghamshire Golf Club, the home of the Ladies European Tour, set in Denham on the outskirts of west London.
The current champion, Karrie Webb, will compete alongside Laura Davies and several members of last year’s victorious European Solheim Cup team including 18-year-old Charley Hull.
Karrie Webb, the current World No.5, feels confident of retaining her title having won both the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open and the JTBC Founders Cup earlier this season. She said: “It’s definitely been a nice start to the year. Having won twice already this year already makes it a good year but I’m hoping that I can turn a good start into a great year! I really enjoyed the Buckinghamshire golf course last year. I thought it was in good shape and had a good mix of challenging shots but also allowed for some birdies. I’m really looking forward to defending back at the Buckinghamshire. It’s a little more golf to play this year, being four rounds instead of three, which I think is a good thing going forward for a tournament that’s quickly becoming one of the more prestigious ones to win on the LET.”
Charley Hull, winner of the Lalla Meryem Cup, current world number 43 and leader of the LET’s ISPS HANDA Order of Merit added: “I’m really looking forward to playing in the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters because I think it’s a fantastic golf course and it’s a great tournament. Playing in front of my home crowd will be even more special and hopefully we’ll get a good group and a lot of people coming to watch.”
For the first time, this year the championship will be played over four rounds with live television coverage on Sky Sports over the weekend and an increased prize fund of 500,000 euros.
In addition to the first class sporting action, there is a host of fun entertainment providing a big day out for all the family in a festival-like atmosphere. Spectators will have the opportunity to meet the stars of the game in an open and welcoming environment or have a free golf lesson with PGA Tour professionals in the PING Swing Zone. Kids can also have fun experiencing SNAG golf, a premier learning system containing age appropriate equipment to teach the game of golf. Pimms will be served on the terrace in the beautiful surroundings and amazing atmosphere.
Where To Buy Tickets: Early bird tickets are on sale now until 25th May at www.sky.com/tickets
Venue Address: Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Denham Court Drive, Denham, Buckinghamshire. England. UB9 5PG.
Official website: www.ladieseuropeanmasters.com