|A strong field of international players from 20 different countries is preparing to tee up at the Dinard Ladies Open at Dinard Golf in Brittany, north-western France, from 21-23 September, this week.
France will be the best-represented country in the fourth LET Access Series event of the season, with 45 French players in the field. Jade Schaeffer, winner of this event last year and a winner of the LET’s Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters in the Czech Republic just a fortnight ago, will be defending her title.
French players also include Virginie Lagoutte-Clement, Julie Greciet and Lucie Andre, who was ranked as the number one French amateur before turning professional this year.
England will have the next highest number of players with six. Four players from Italy are competing including Sophie Sandolo and Anna Rossi, who after three LETAS events sits in 19th place on the LETAS Order of Merit.
Denmark also has four representatives in the field, while Belgium, Finland and the Netherlands have three players each.
There is a single representative from each of the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia, South Africa, Norway, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
The top finishing player at the Dinard Ladies Open, not otherwise exempt, will receive an invitation to play at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, due to take place at Paris International Golf Club from 29 September - 2 October.
After competing in the LETAS Ladies Open at Hazlemere Golf Club in England at the end of August, the LETAS players will compete over a different style of test at Dinard Golf, which is rich in history.
Designed by Scottish architect Tom Dunn in 1887, Dinard Golf is one of the oldest courses in continental Europe and the second oldest in France after Pau. Laid out alongside France’s Emerald Coast, players enjoy sea views from all 18 holes, each of which has its own individual name (the dog’s paw, the complete disaster, etc.) The course is neither long nor tiring, so it may deceive the unwary into thinking that it is easy, but the final score tells the real story. This course is trickier than difficult, with its sandy soil, undulating fairways, small, high, very fast greens and many bunkers; it also has very few trees, but plenty of broom and gorse bushes.
The Dinard Ladies Open will be the fourth of seven events on the 2011 LET Access Series (LETAS) calendar. The next event will be the Trophee Preven’s, from 13-15 October. The LET Access Series is the official feeder tour to the LET and the top two players not otherwise exempt will earn a place amongst Europe's elite in 2012.