• The event will take place a week before the Women's British Open
• Suzann Pettersen, Cheyenne Woods and Charley Hull all to play
LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN
The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open has been given a huge boost with the announcement that leading world stars Suzann Pettersen, Cheyenne Woods and Charley Hull will all be competing at Dundonald Links.
The tournament, taking place at the North Ayrshire course from July 24-26 in 2015, has struggled to attract such players in recent years due to its place in the Ladies European Tour calendar – usually the middle or end of August – but now taking place just a week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open, organisers are delighted that it has enticed the trio to tee it up at the free to attend event.
Martin Gilbert, CEO of sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “We knew the prospect of playing Dundonald Links a week ahead of the Women’s British Open would be a nice draw for some of the top players as it mirrors what we do with the men’s Scottish Open the week before the Open Championship.
"We hope this double header of tournaments raises the profile of women’s golf" - Martin Gilbert
“We hope this double header of tournaments raises the profile of women’s golf both here in the UK and internationally and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Dundonald Links in July.”
English star Hull, who is the reigning Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner, has a warm affection of playing in Scotland when as a 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 the 19-year-old. “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.”
World No.8 and two-time major winner Pettersen will be making her first appearance at the Ladies Scottish Open as she looks to add to her 21 professional titles, while Woods, niece of 14-time major champion Tiger, has made a solid start to life as an LPGA Tour rookie.
The trio will be joined by two-time champion and home favourite Catriona Matthew, World Golf Hall of Fame member Dame Laura Davies, as well as Scottish stars Kylie Walker, Pamela Pretswell and 2012 champion Carly Booth.
Matthew, who is eyeing her third Ladies Scottish Open win, said: “A 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. 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.”
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 over 54 holes.
For more information, visit the event website and follow @AberdeenLSO on Twitter.
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