Tracy Loveys admits she faces a big test to retain her Titleist & FootJoy Women's PGA Professional Championship title.

The Bigbury Golf Club professional won the event last year and is seeking a fifth victory in the competition when it is held over 36 holes at Frilford Heath Golf Club on Tuesday, July 19.

Loveys heads up a strong field which also includes former US Women's Open champion Alison Nicholas, Suzanne Dickens, Alexandra Keighley and Heather

But the Devon player admits that the new-look format, with an increased prize fund of £6,000, will sort out the challengers from the also-rans.

''It's going to be interesting playing 36 holes in one day, but it's all positive and there are going to be some good players taking part,'' said Loveys.

Loveys said he has already been to the Oxfordshire venue to see what will be needed on the day.

''I went and had a sneak peek at the course, I wanted to familiarise myself with it and have a look,'' she said.

''This is an event I always want to win. I look for it at the start of every year and I'd very much like to make it five victories - but it will be difficult. Who knows how it's going to turn out? The experienced players may be better suited or it may be one for the younger players. I don't know.''

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