- First staging of Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship by The R&A
- Sweden’s Julia Engstrom returns to defend title won in 2016
- Winner receives places in Ricoh Women’s British Open and US Women’s Open
Many of the world’s leading women’s amateur golfers will tee it up in The 114th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship which gets underway tomorrow at Pyle & Kenfig in South Wales.
The Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship will be contested by 144 competitors from 24 countries, including 33 players ranked in the Top 100 of the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ (WAGR™). 86 players will travel from overseas from countries such as Germany, Sweden and the United States. 58 players from Great Britain and Ireland will compete in the championship.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A said, “We look forward to staging this great championship for the first time since our merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union and it will be fascinating to watch the world’s leading women’s amateur golfers compete on one of Great Britain and Ireland’s finest links courses. There will be some outstanding golf on display from potential stars of the future. I would encourage spectators to take advantage of the free admission and enjoy this world-renowned event.”
Julia Engstrom, at the age of 15, made history last year by defeating Dewi Weber on the first extra hole to become the youngest ever winner of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship and will defend her title on the South Wales coast this week.
The Swede will be joined by several of the world’s leading women’s amateur golfers, including Ireland’s Leona Maguire, who currently holds the number one position in the WAGR™, and is bidding to win the women’s McCormack Medal for a record-equalling third successive year.
Olivia Mehaffey, who recently led Arizona State University to a win over Northwestern in the final of the NCAA Division One title at Rich Harvest Farms, St Rule Trophy champion Clara Young, Scottish Women's Amateur champion Connie Jaffrey and Linnea Strom, runner-up in the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship in 2015 and a Junior Ryder Cup player in 2014, are also players to watch.
Five R&A Foundation scholars, including current R&A Foundation Scholar Tournament champion Emily Toy, feature in the starting field.
The winner of the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship will earn a place in the 2017 US Women’s Open next month and the Ricoh Women’s British Open being played in August at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews. Previous winners include Anna Nordqvist, Georgia Hall, Catriona Matthew and Carlota Ciganda.
The first stage of the championship comprises two qualifying rounds of stroke play before the leading 64 players progress to the match play stage. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes.
Pyle & Kenfig has a rich history of hosting both men’s and women’s amateur championships and international matches. The course has co-hosted The Amateur Championship three times and was the venue for the Men’s Home Internationals played in 2006. It was recently presented with The Bonallack Award at the Golf Foundation’s Presidents Awards for its work in junior golf development in South Wales.
Visit https://www.randa.org/Championships for news and live scoring from the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.