The launch of the Ladies European Tour Access Series 2015 season will begin next week with the Open Generali de Dinard at Dinard Golf in northern France from April 16-18. This year’s international schedule will feature a minimum of 15 tournaments in 10 European countries.
The first event will be followed by the OCA Augas Santas Ladies International Open, at Augas Santas Balneario and Golf Resort in Spain, on April 29-May 1.
A week later, LETAS moves to Switzerland for the second ASGI Ladies Open at Gams-Werdenberg Golf Club, on May 7-9. A fortnight in the Nordic region follows with the PGA Halmstad Ladies Open at Haverdal Golf Club in Sweden on May 22-24 and the Drobak Ladies Open at Drobak Golf Club in Norway on May 29-31, which are both making their LETAS debuts.
The second tournament in France, the Open Generali de Strasbourg, takes place at Golf de Strasbourg in the earlier summer date of June 11-13. The Borås Ladies Open, played at Borås Golf Club in Sweden, from July 3-5, will be followed by the CitizenGuard LETAS Trophy, which will take place for the second year at Rinkven Golf and Country Club in Belgium on July 16-18.
A new tournament in Germany, scheduled from July 30-August 1, will provide an incredible opportunity for local golf fans to experience the excitement of women’s golf ahead of The Solheim Cup seven weeks later.
With a purse of €50,000, the CreditGate24 GolfSeries Hamburg Open at Treudelberg Golf Club, promises to be one of the biggest events of the season. The CreditGate24 GolfSeries will also feature a charity pro-am scheduled for the June 24 at Golf Park Waldkirch in Switzerland, which will become a full tournament in 2016, along with a further new event in Austria, to form the CreditGate24 GolfSeries, similar to the French-based Generali Ladies Tour and Nordic-based Nordea Tour.
The German event ending on August 1 immediately precedes a four week swing in the Nordic region, with the Norrporten Ladies Open at Sundsvall Golf Club in Sweden on August 6-8, the Larvik Ladies Open at Larvik Golf Club in Norway on August 11-13, the Sölvesborg Ladies Open hosted by Fanny Sunesson at Sölvesborg Golf Club in Sweden on August 20-22 and the HLR Golf Academy Open at Hillside Golf Club in Finland on August 28-30.
After a one month break in September, LETAS continues with the popular Azores Ladies Open at Golf de Batalha, Azores Islands, Portugal, on October 2-4. Then, for the second successive year, the season will come to a gripping climax in southern England with the WPGA Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa on October 8-10, where the top five players on the LETAS Order of Merit will receive membership of the 2016 Ladies European Tour.
LETAS Tour Director Di Barnard commented: “Now in its sixth year, the LET Access Series is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to offer a full schedule of playing opportunities for competitive female golfers looking to develop their game and move up through the LET’S development pathway. I would like to thank all the federations, sponsors and promoters for their continued support of LETAS, which is helping to grow and progress the women’s game.”
The LET Access Series is the official development circuit to the Ladies European Tour and all female professional golfers and amateurs aged 18 years of age with a handicap of 2 or better are eligible for membership, therefore giving elite amateurs the opportunity to play at the top level against professionals on a week by week basis.
The top five players on the 2015 LETAS Order of Merit will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour for the 2016 season, while players finishing in sixth to 20th positions progress to the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School, thereby skipping the first qualifying event.
Official events on the LET Access Series receive Rolex Rankings points which create the Olympic Rankings for qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games.
Follow all the action from the LET Access Series at www.letaccess.com