Ladies' Open to be held earlier
Published 29 Dec 2011 09:29 0 Comments
THE Ladies' Scottish Open golf tournament held annually at East Lothian's Archerfield Links will take place at the venue in May next year - three months earlier than usual.
The Ladies' European Tour released its 2012 schedule last week, and sees the prestigious event take place on May 3-5.
The 2011 event was held on August 18-20 and was won by North Berwick's Catriona Matthew, who shot a course-record 65 to take victory.
It gives the competition, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, a prime slot in the 2012 calendar, and makes way for the inaugural ISPS Handa Ladies' British Masters which now takes place in August at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
The county event will be the tour's first visit to Europe of the season following events in Australia, New Zealand and Morocco.
It had previously been held in May in 2008, before moving from The Carrick on Loch Lomond to the east coast.
The format for the 2012 tournament will remain the same - a 54-hole pro-am where professionals play alongside 60 amateurs with a prize fund of £183,000.
The Ricoh Women's British Open, of which Matthew is also a former winner, takes place on September 13-16 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Alexandra Armas, executive director of the Ladies' European Tour, said: "We have been able to offer our members a wide range of attractive playing opportunities at some of the world's finest international venues.
"We are pleased with the schedule, particularly given the poor shape of the global economy and these are exciting times for the LET."