The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is embarking on an exciting new era with its new date, increased prize fund and a star studded international field at Dundonald Links, Scotland 24-26 July.
Staged just one week ahead of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, world number eight and two-time Major winner, Suzann Pettersen of Norway, is set to feature in the €500,000 event amongst the likes of America’s Cheyenne Woods and England’s Charley Hull, underlining the global nature of the field commencing on the West Coast of Scotland at the free to attend event.
Stars also include two-time champion and home favourite, Catriona Matthew, defending champion, Trish Johnson and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Dame Laura Davies, along with Scottish stars, Kylie Walker, Pamela Pretswell, and 2012 champion Carly Booth.
Suzann Pettersen, who will be making her first appearance in the Ladies Scottish Open is keen to add the Ladies Scottish Open to her résumé. She said, “The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is one of the events I’m really looking forward to playing this year. The field is looking really strong and I’m sure a number of other players will consider playing Dundonald Links, as it provides the perfect preparation for the major a week later.”
One player following suit and heading to West Coast of Scotland a week early is American, Cheyenne Woods. Niece of 14-time major Champion Tiger, Cheyenne has made a solid start to her life as an LPGA Tour rookie and already has one win on the Ladies European Tour.
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“It will be an exciting couple of weeks for me” said Woods, who is keen to leave a lasting impression on Scottish soil this summer. “Links golf in Scotland is completely different to anything I would find back in the United States. I am looking forward to competing at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open and carrying some confidence and preparation into the Women’s British Open that follows it.”
English starlet, Charley Hull, has a warm affection of playing in Scotland when as a young 15 year old, she helped Great Britain and Ireland end America’s 16-year dominance of the Curtis Cup in Nairn.
“Playing in Scotland – the home of golf, is always special and I have great memories of my time there as an amateur” said Hull, who still at only 19 is the reigning Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner. “A lot of players on tour have told me good things about the unique format of the Ladies Scottish Open so I’m looking forward to making my debut and testing my links game in front of the Scottish golf fans” finished Hull.
If any player is to feel at home at the Kyle Phillips designed Dundonald Links, it will be the two-time Ladies Scottish Open champion, Catriona Matthew. Matthew, who clinched the title in 2011 and 2013 is well known for her links game but knows completing a hat-trick of titles will be a tricky task with the field being assembled at the new venue.
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“An Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open hat-trick would be a huge achievement for me but it looks like there will be some strong contenders for that trophy again this year. Whoever wins it will have to be at the top of their game,” Matthew said. “In what is a big month for Scottish golf the international field being assembled will really help in continuing to showcase ladies golf to a global audience,” Matthew added.
The 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open’s unique pro-am format sees 80 amateurs and celebrities tee it up alongside a limited field of 80 of the top female golfers in the world. The 54-hole tournament is played over three days at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire, Scotland, from 24-26 July and is free to attend for all the family.
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