The strongest Ladies Scottish Open field in history is set, with four official tournament invites awarded today to Scottish duo Sally Watson and Michele Thomson, England’s Inci Mehmet and Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow ahead of this year’s Championship at Dundonald Links from 27th – 30th July.
Sally Watson, who makes her fourth appearance in the Championship, is one of nine Scots confirmed to tee it up at Dundonald Golf Links and the most experienced of the four invites, having finished no worse than19th as she looks to better her previous best finish of solo third in 2014.
Joining her in the line-up which includes 5 of the world’s top 10 and 15 of the top 30, is Scottish debutant, Michele Thomson, who currently ranks 36th on this year’s LET Order of Merit and LPGA Tour star Stephanie Meadow, who rose to prominence in 2014 with a 3rd place finish at the U.S Women’s Open.
Ladies European Tour rookie, Inci Mehmet, completes the list of invites and joins Thomson and Meadow in making her tournament debut. Mehmet is looking to capitalise on her early season form that saw her finish T14th in her first ever Ladies European Tour appearance at the Lalla Meryem Cup.
The four hopefuls are part of an elite list of 20 Major champions already confirmed in the 156-strong player field including Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, Ariya Jutanugarn, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie and current world no. 1, So Yeon Ryu.
For the first time in Ladies Scottish Open history, the tournament is co-sanctioned between the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA with an illustrious list of over 72 champions with 467 titles set to compete at Dundonald Links, which played host to the Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s Scottish Open last week.
Scottish players qualified:
– Carly Booth
– Gemma Dryburgh
– Kylie Henry
– Vikki Laing
– Kelsey MacDonald
– Catriona Matthew
– Pamela Pretswell
– Michele Thomson
– Sally Watson
Taking place the week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in 2017, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will kick off a superb two weeks of links golf in Scotland. The back-to-back stretch of events echoes the successful strategy employed by the Men’s Scottish Open taking place the week before The Open – an approach proven to be a competitive advantage for those players competing in both Championships. The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is also a key element of Scotland’s commitments to the staging of The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.
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