The LET Access Series heads to Sweden this week for the Kristianstad Åhus Ladies PGA Open at Kristianstad GC in Åhus, which features on the LETAS schedule for the second successive year.
The 54-hole stroke play tournament starting Thursday features a strong international field of 120 players from 23 different countries, led by Mireia Prat of Spain, who won her maiden title at the Ocho Golf Ladies Open in Galicia a fortnight ago.
Prat, who is making her debut in the event, currently leads the LETAS Order of Merit after the first three events of the season and will be hoping to build on the momentum in an attempt to secure one of the five Ladies European Tour cards available at the end of the year.
She is joined by second ranked fellow Spaniard Patricia Sanz Barrio, an amateur who finished second at the Terre Blanche Ladies Open in France in March.
The strong field includes Eleanor Givens from England, who tied for sixth place on the LET at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on Sunday, Australian Bree Arthur, who was runner-up at the Ocho Golf Ladies Open in Spain a fortnight ago and LET rookies Rebecca Sorensen and Jessica Karlsson of Sweden, Ireland’s Danielle McVeigh, Megan Grehan from the USA and Galina Rotmistrova of Russia.
The Kristianstad Åhus Ladies PGA Open is the first of five events on the LET Access Series this year, which are part of the Nordea Tour. Four of those events are in Sweden and one, the Ladies Norwegian Challenge, is in Norway.
There is a large contingent of 53 Swedes in the tournament field looking forward to playing on home soil, including LET rookie Jacqueline Hedwall, the twin sister of Solheim Cup player, Caroline.
Norway’s Cecilie Lundgreen won the event by a stroke last year, but will not return to defend her title.
At the close of the 2013 LETAS season, the top five players on the 2013 Ranking will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour while players in sixth to 20th positions will have the opportunity to progress to the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2014.