The Buckinghamshire Golf Club, home of the Ladies European Tour, is hosting the ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters for the first time this week.
The LET’s members are exceptionally excited about the event and are full of praise for the high quality and excellent condition of the challenging John Jacobs designed championship golf course, located just 20 minutes from central London.
Course Manager, Andy Ewence and his team, have been working extensive hours in recent weeks to deliver the best playing surfaces to the ladies’ golf professionals.
The LET’s current ISPS Handa Order of Merit leader, Carly Booth, playing the course for the first time in the Pro Am on Tuesday, was one of several competitors who complimented the venue.
“It was fantastic, a lot of run on the ball. The ground is pretty firm and they are the best greens I’ve played all year. I’m looking forward to the week and I think there will be some good scores around here,” Booth said.
Rebecca Hudson commented: “I think it’s one of the best we’ve played this year. If we played golf courses like this every week, I think we’d be better golfers because you have to think your way round. The greens are perfect and it’s just great to be here. I’m happy to play in Great Britain and of course it’s great to play in front of your home crowd. It’s great to be here and after the Olympics hopefully we can get a British winner as that would be fabulous.”
Director of Golf, John O’Leary, a member of the 1975 European Ryder Cup team, is keen to welcome as many local golfers to The Buckinghamshire Golf Club as possible this week, to watch the established competitors, such as Laura Davies and Melissa Reid, as well as the new masters.
O’Leary commented: “This is the club’s 20th anniversary year. We are very proud to share many special moments so far in our brief history, from the main European Tour events such as the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf to the likes of top amateur events like The Trilby Tour.
“We have all seen and watched with excitement some of the biggest names in sport in recent weeks and although golf will be heading back to the Olympics from 2016, this tournament, no doubt will produce world class performances worth watching.”
The Buckinghamshire Golf Club’s par-72 championship golf course will be playing at 6,379 yards, or 5,833 metres, for the tournament on 16-18 August.
The two nines will be played in reverse order, bringing additional drama to the closing stretch and the last three holes in particular. For the final round on Saturday, the finishing hole will be the 172-yard/157-metre par-three, in front of the majestic Georgian clubhouse and its impressive terrace, which should provide an incredible garden-party atmosphere.
Tickets are still being offered for purchase at Ticketmaster and will also be available to buy on the gate.
Buckinghamshire Golf Club www.buckinghamshire-golfclub.co.uk
Ladies European Tour www.ladieseuropeantour.com
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