The Ladies European Tour is set to return to Finland for the inaugural Gant Ladies Open at Aura Golf from June 18-20, 2021.
Working with the Finnish Golf Association, the tournament boasts a €200,000 prize fund and will be the final qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, as the top Finnish talent aims to qualify for the historic tournament.
“It has been a long-term dream to get the Ladies European Tour back in Finland. We are very happy that the pieces have now fell into place – a big thank you to all the collaborators for that. Next summer will be a great show for Finnish golf, and the Gant Ladies Open will be a domestic highlight and a significant step towards the Tokyo Olympics. The international event also supports our position of women in the traditionally male-dominated field of professional sport,” said, Hanna Hartikainen, President of the Finland Golf Association.
Hosted at Aura Golf in the idyllic Turku Ruissalo, the championship layout is one of the oldest golf courses in the nation and has extensive experience organising professional and amateur competitions having hosted the Gant Open in 2015 on the European Challenge Tour and the Finnish Ladies Open on the Swedish Golf Tour.
Commenting on the news, Alexandra Armas, Ladies European Tour, CEO, said: “We are delighted to return to Finland for the first time in ten years for a brand new event on the LET schedule. We are always looking to present our members with exciting playing opportunities and with Finnish golf on the rise, I am certain that the Gant Ladies Open at Aura Golf will be an interesting tournament for not just our players but for local fans who have never seen our world-class players perform live.”
With 11 tournament invites on offer, it is likely the best of Finland’s talent will join the international field, including Sanna Nuutinen, Tiia Koivisto, Ursula Wikstrom, and many more.