The Ladies European Tour (LET) is Europe’s leading women’s professional golf tour and formed as the WPGA in 1978. Over the last 35 years, the tour has developed into a truly international organisation and in 2014 will operate a minimum of 22 golf tournaments in 19 different countries worldwide.
The 12-month golfing odyssey hits the road at the end of January with the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open and travels across all five continents before the season comes to a thrilling climax with the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in the UAE in early December.
With members from 40 different countries, the Tour had an increasingly global flavour. Moroccan Maha Haddioui became the LET’s first full-time Arab member while the inclusion of players such as Maria Salinas from Peru and Namibian Bonita Bredenhann reflected the Tour’s popularity in different regions.
With the Olympics on the horizon, The Tour has taken on special significance for players from a multitude of different countries who aim to qualify when golf returns to the programme in 2016 after a 104-year absence.
In 2014, the Tour will once again showcase the facilities in each country to a global audience, driving inbound tourism, with increased television coverage and live broadcasts from at least 10 tournaments, in addition to the majors. Their game is broadcast in 240 million homes in 80 countries around the globe.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors are the guardians of the Tour and are responsible for:
- Financial management
- Long range planning
- Direction of policy
- Management of the Tour
The authority and responsibility of the Board of Directors shall include, but not be limited to, financial planning, budgeting, tournament scheduling, tournament purses, tournament operations, sponsor relationships, member benefits, the promulgation of disciplinary regulations and material, legal and fiscal matters.
The Players' Council is a body to whom the Board has delegated responsibility for the formulation, co-ordination and expression of player opinion relating to Tour policy matters and tournament competition, including review and approval, in conjunction with the Executive Director and/or Director of Tournament Operations, of all matters relating to the Tour, including the formulation and amendment of tournament rules and regulations, ethics policies and rules of conduct.