International event making a return

Golf
Golf

Budding female golf stars of the future will be in action at Stoke-by-Nayland when the Suffolk venue hosts the WPGA International Challenge for a fourth successive year.

The Gainsborough course will host a strong field of Ladies European Tour hopefuls chasing a €30,000 prize fund at the penultimate tournament of the season.

The 54-hole event, which will take part between October 6-9, is part of the LET Access Series and was launched in 2013 by The PGA to increase support of the women’s game.

It will be the only LETAS event to be staged in the UK in 2016 and there will be 96 competitors including 15 WPGA members, comprising winners from the WPGA’s One Day Series and the remaining places secured via a qualifying Order of Merit over the same period.

Fifteen places will also be allocated to the leading English amateurs decided by England Golf, recognising LETAS’s commitment to providing an important link between elite amateur and professional golf.

Di Barnard, tour director of the LET Access Series said: “Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa is a first-class venue and the Gainsborough course is a tremendous test of golf.

“We look forward to visiting again this year and welcoming everyone to the tournament. The event receives great support from the PGA and England Golf and is a very important playing opportunity for the players, both for the elite amateurs and the professionals, many of whom are just starting out in their careers.”

Meanwhile, Susanna Rendall, managing director of the multi award-winning, family-owned Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, added: “We are really delighted to be hosting the WPGA International Challenge for the fourth year running.

“There is now a substantial fanbase of spectators who will also be excited about this announcement as they can return to Stoke-by-Nayland to watch, free of charge, these talented women from all over the world playing top quality championship golf in this area of outstanding natural beauty.”

Last year’s event was won by Spain’s Natalia Escuriola.