|Losby Golf & Country Club |
The LET Access Series will break new ground when the inaugural Ladies Norwegian Challenge takes place at Losby Golf and Country Club near Oslo from July 4-6.
The stunning venue, situated just 20km east of the city centre, hosted the SAS Masters on the Ladies European Tour in 2007, won by Suzann Pettersen.
The tournament is expected to attract a strong field of entries, headed by the likes of home challenger Marianne Skarpnord, with a prize fund of €25,000 on offer to the 126 competitors.
The magnificent 18-hole championship golf course at Losby features large greens and a variety of water hazards, with several holes set amongst coniferous woodland terrain.
The Ladies Norwegian Challenge will be the sixth Access Series event on the 2012 schedule, taking place in a prime summer slot after the GolfStream Ladies Open in Ukraine and before the Women’s Bank Open in Finland.
Diane Barnard, Tour Director, LET Access Series, said: “We are delighted to be staging the first LET Access Series event in Norway, this time at a golf course which some of the players will know well.
“Losby has proved a fantastic venue for golf and is sure to impress the players. The location is stunning and the course is sure to provide a stern test. We are all looking forward to a successful collaboration with the Norwegian Golf Federation.
“The achievements of World No.2 Suzann Pettersen and Marianne Skarpnord will have no doubt inspired a new generation of players in Norway and we look forward to discovering new talent at the Ladies Norwegian Challenge this year.”
Frode Scheie, the Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) sports director, commented: “For Norwegian players at the outset of their professional careers, the LET Access Tour is the most important tournament series”, also pointing out the importance of climbing the world rankings when aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games.
About the LET Access Series:
The LET Access Series (LETAS) launched in 2010 as the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour. The objective of LETAS is to provide greater playing opportunities for female professional golfers. All female professional golfers and amateurs with a handicap of 3 or better are eligible for membership of LETAS, providing they are over 18 years of age. The top three players on the 2012 LETAS Ranking will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour for the 2013 season, while players in fourth to 15th positions will have the opportunity to progress to the final stage of LET Qualifying School, thereby skipping the first qualifying event. If the top three players are already exempt for the Ladies European Tour then the cards will be available to the next best players inside the top 10 on the 2012 LETAS Ranking. If a player in fourth to 15th position is already exempt to Final Qualifying School for the 2013 Ladies European Tour season, then the next non-exempt player down to 30th position on the 2012 LETAS Ranking will be offered a place at LET Final Qualifying School. See more information on the official website, www.letaccess.com.
About the Norwegian Golf Federation:
Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) is the third largest federation within Norwegian sports. With a total of 122,000 memberships spread over 184 golf clubs, the federation facilitates golf offers regardless of age, skills and preconditions. NGF has the responsibility and authority to develop the Norwegian elite golf through Team Norway Rio ’16 as well as age-specific national teams.
About Losby Golf Club:
The club has two golf courses: Østmork is the 18-hole Championship Course, which is a challenge for players of every level. The course is recognised by its large greens and several water hazards: a truly fun course to play and 6442 meters (7045 yards) from the back tees. Vestmork is a 9-hole pay and play course, which is fun and challenging with a combination of par 3s and par 4s (par 66).
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