The Ladies European Tour presented Scottish Golf with a cheque for US$5000, to be used towards girls’ golf development, ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.
More than 130 juniors have already experienced golf at this year’s tournament, through a Kid’s Activation Clinic sponsored by Bank of Scotland, which took place on Wednesday morning in the Golf Zone of the tented village.
LET Player President Helen Alfredsson and fellow Tour members Hannah Burke, Gemma Dryburgh, Lydia Hall, Vikki Laing, Ann-Kathrin Lindner, Catriona Matthew, Michele Thomson and Sally Watson were on hand to motivate the juniors and to share their skills and knowledge.
The Scottish Golf National Team Group enjoyed a special behind-the-scenes tour and met LET professional Nicole Garcia, who gave them valuable advice on preparation and routines during and before tournaments. They also met the defending champion Isabelle Boineau and joined a press conference with the two-time tournament winner Catriona Matthew.
In a further thrill, six girls were part of two Pro-Am teams competing in the star-studded event, offering them a superb opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn from the world’s best players in a professional environment.
LET Player President Helen Alfredsson commented: “It’s really important to us to support the junior game and girls’ golf development in Scotland, especially over the next two years as we head towards The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. The juniors attending the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will have an incredible experience, which will no doubt inspire them to take their golf further.”
The Scottish Government’s stated ambition is to use The 2019 Solheim Cup to help grow golf among younger age groups and increase participation. Scottish Golf is also working hard to grow female participation at all ages in Scotland, notably through the successful ClubGolf and Get into Golf programmes.
Blane Dodds, CEO at Scottish Golf, said: “We are grateful for the support from the Ladies European Tour, ahead of an exciting week at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. The support will help boost the development of our #ThisGirlGolfs and Get into Golf programmes, as we seek to encourage females of all ages into the sport. We will be having a focus on this area of the game in our forthcoming new strategy for Scottish Golf.”
The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is being played at Dundonald Links from 27-30 July, a fortnight after the men’s Scottish Open at the same venue. For the first time, in 2017, the event is co-sanctioned by the LET and LPGA, showcasing the best of women’s world golf both locally and to a global audience.