- The R&A increase funding for Ladies European Tour (LET) and its development tour for 2017.
- Additional support will help LET develop its efforts to contribute to growth of game amongst women and girls.
- The R&A continues its longstanding support of the LET and women’s golf.
Women’s golf received a boost recently when The R&A agreed to increase its funding for the Ladies European Tour (LET) and its development tour, the LET Access Series, for 2017.
The R&A, which completed its merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) at the start of the year, has supported the LET for over 20 years.
The LET received £90,000 with the LET Access Tour also benefiting from £40,000 of funding for the 2017 season. The additional support will help the LET to further develop its efforts to contribute to the growth of the game amongst women and girls
"Some of The R&A’s funding will be targeted at supporting golf development programmes in a number of the countries where we have events," said Mike Round, Director of Development at the LET.
"We will be looking to work with local and national partners to support coaching and activity programmes that aim to raise the profile of women’s golf and increase participation."
LET Access Series Tour
The financial support provided by The R&A will be used to improve the LET Access Series Tour. "Through the Access Series events, we aim to provide amateurs and emerging young professionals with the opportunity to test themselves against other talented players on an international level so they can make a more informed decision about their futures," said Di Barnard, the LET Access Tour Director.
"We are continually looking for ways to improve and grow the tour and with The R&A’s support we will be able to look at developing a more extensive online scoring system that benefits our partners, provides valuable information to players and coaches, and also provide more engaging content for spectators."
Commitment to women’s golf
Duncan Weir, Executive director – Golf Development at The R&A, added, "The R&A is delighted to be continuing our longstanding support for the LET and LET Access Series."We are committed to supporting the encouragement and development of women’s and girls’ golf at all levels of the game."