|The Ladies European Tour Access Series will make history in the coming spring when it stages the first ever professional women’s golf tournament in the Ukraine.|
|Marieke Nivard - Winner 2011 LETAS Order of Merit
The GolfStream Ladies Open will take place at Kiev Golf Club on May 21-23, 2012, with a Pro-Am tournament at the venue on May 20.
Di Barnard, Tour Director, said that the event marked a significant development for the LET Access Series, which was launched in 2010 as a feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour.
“The GolfStream Ladies Open will be the first ever elite women’s golf tournament in Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe, and naturally we are thrilled to be breaking new ground by bringing some of the world’s most promising female golfers to the region,” she said.
“LETAS is experiencing tremendous growth at present and we thank GolfStream and Kiev Golf Club for believing in our great product. It is an exciting time for the Tour and our presence in Ukraine will bring increased awareness of women’s golf as well as the fantastic facilities that the country has on offer.”
A field of up to 120 competitors will play the 54-hole stroke play event, which carries a minimum prize fund of €20,000.
About the LET Access Series:
The LET Access Series (LETAS) is the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour providing greater playing opportunities for female professional golfers. All female professional golfers and amateurs (18 years old and up) with a handicap of 3 or better are eligible for membership of LETAS. The top players will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour or, depending on their position in the LETAS Ranking, will have the opportunity to progress to the final stage of LET Qualifying School. See more information on the official website, www.letaccess.com.
“GolfStream” Project is the greatest golf facility in Ukraine and a true masterpiece of the art of golf course building in Europe. Peter Chamberlain, the famous British golf architect, Consultant on Golf Development for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, designed the Project. In 2007, “GolfStream” was launched and appeared in the top 10 sites for recreation and entertainment announced by investment companies of the European Community. It now serves as a centre of golf recreation and a ground for the development of amateur and professional sport in the country. Important social, cultural and business activities take place here during the season.
About Kiev Golf Club:
The Club provides five golf routes on three courses (36 holes in total). Each course has its own style and is targeted for different types of players, such as newcomers, experienced amateurs or pros. All courses of the Club were designed according to USGA standards in line with recommendations from the PGA European Tour. USGA/EGA experts officially certified them. The LET Access Series event will be played on a championship golf course of the Club, which is the only one of the kind in Ukraine. The GolfStream Ladies Open is also one of the international golf tournaments held at Kiev Golf Club this upcoming season that will receive Women’s Amateur Golf Ranking points.