The Ladies European Tour and LET Access Series jointly announce today a new event set to debut on their 2019 schedules. The Tipsport Czech Ladies Open will be played at Golf Resort Karlštejn on 23-25 August and will become the second dual-ranking event between the LET and LETAS, following the Jabra Ladies Open.
“We are delighted to add a second dual-ranking event with LETAS onto the LET schedule, this time in the Czech Republic. In the same way that LETAS provides a stepping stone for aspiring professionals onto the main Tour, the dual-ranking system allows a bridge for tournaments to evolve from the LET Access Series to the LET,” commented LET CEO Mark Lichtenhein. “We are grateful to Sport team Plzen for their confidence in both Tours and for their support in developing women’s professional golf in central Europe."
The LET Access Series is delighted to add the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open to the 2019 schedule, which will feature a minimum of fifteen tournaments across Europe. The Tipsport Czech Ladies Open will join the Czech Ladies Challenge, played at Golf Resort Konopiste, on the calendar of women's professional golf in the Czech Republic this season.
"The LET Access Series continues to provide strong playing opportunities for young professionals and elite amateurs. These events would not be possible without the invaluable support we receive from the Federations, promoters, sponsors and venues. Golf Resort Karlštejn will provide a fantastic test of golf and we are looking forward to working with Luboš Koželuh and his team in making this event a great success," commented LETAS Tour Director, Diane Barnard.
Luboš Koželuh, Manager of Sport team Plzen, said that the company is extremely excited to extend its involvement with women’s professional golf.
“We are pleased to welcome the Ladies European Tour back to the Czech Republic after three years. The Tipsport Czech Ladies Open will take place at one of the most beautiful and high quality resorts in Europe, Golf Resort Karlštejn. It will be the most important women’s golf event in the Czech Republic, following the Czech Ladies Challenge at Konopište, a LETAS event which has contributed to the popularisation and increased media recognition of ladies‘ professional golf and we are thrilled to see so many female players from the Czech Republic featuring in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.“
The €120,000 Tipsport Czech Ladies Open offers local female golfers the opportunity to express their talent and develop their golf experience, by competing against some of the top players from the Ladies European Tour.
The international field of 138 players will include 50 from LETAS, 50 from LET, 10 Federation exchanges, 10 promoter LET invites and 18 Czech Golf Federation invites, with a cut to the leading 50 professionals and ties after the first two rounds.
As one of the top ranked golf courses in the Czech Republic, which hosted the 1997 Czech Open on the men’s European Tour, won by Bernhard Langer, Golf Resort Karlštejn will provide the perfect setting for the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open.
Opened in 1993, the course lies in the grounds of Karlštejn Castle and is routed over a hilly, wooded landscape through limestone outcrops, ravines and lakes, presenting a formidable challenge for all golfers.