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The ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters will feature an all-star cast when 126 players compete for a 400,000 euro prize fund at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on July 26-28.
The tournament will see one of the best fields of the 2013 season tee up just outside the capital, at the home of the Ladies European Tour.
Players to watch include Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger and fellow American Christina Kim, known for her extrovert on-course antics, especially in The Solheim Cup.
Successful European Solheim Cup players from Ireland two years ago, Sophie Gustafson of Sweden and Sandra Gal of Germany, add to the international flavour. They will be joined by this year’s Solheim Cup hopefuls Caroline Masson of Germany and Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera, who won the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open last weekend.
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The top British players to watch include Laura Davies, Charley Hull, Holly Clyburn, Melissa Reid and Carly Booth.
All of the players want the trophy badly. Davies has 80 worldwide titles, including four major championships, on her mantle, but a victory near her Surrey home would improve the 49-year-old’s chances of making a 13th appearance on the European Solheim Cup team. At present, she is the only player to have played in every edition since 1990.
This is the penultimate qualifying event on the LET before both the European and United Solheim Cup teams are announced the following weekend at St Andrews, on Sunday, August 4.
European Captain Liselotte Neumann will be attending over the weekend to keep a watchful eye on the prospective team members and to hand over the trophy to the winner on Sunday.
Hull is another player who wants the trophy badly. The 17-year-old from Northamptonshire started her professional career with five runner-up finishes in her first five events and is keen to get her first win.
Fellow rookie professional, Clyburn, from Lincolnshire, won her first LET title at the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland in May and will be confident of putting on another strong show.
With four wins in five years on the Ladies European Tour, Derbyshire’s Reid will be keen to get another victory to prove herself to Captain Neumann and make a second appearance on the European Solheim Cup team this August at Colorado Golf Club.
After two wins last year, Scotland’s Booth, who recently posed nude for ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’ will also be keen to step up for the British fans.
Nocera wants the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters trophy, to improve her chances of making a fourth Solheim Cup appearance.
The 38-year-old ISPS HANDA Order of Merit leader said: “Solheim Cup is my goal this year and I’m trying to play well to get into the team. This tournament is the best, so I’m trying my best to get in. I’m playing in everything.”
Nocera tied for 18th in the ISPS HANDA Ladies British Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club 12 months ago and added: “Last year I really enjoyed the course so I know it’s a course that suits my game. The tournament is great and I saw the prize fund increase and that’s really great.”
The Frenchwoman’s recent stretch of form suggests she will be one to watch, along with Helen Alfredsson, Trish Johnson, Lee-Anne Pace and Becky Brewerton along with Marianne Skarpnord, Stacey Keating and Karen Lunn.
Tickets are now available for the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters taking place on 26th-28th July at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Denham, near London. To pre-register now, visit: www.ladieseuropeanmasters.com.
There is a special offer price of just £10 for a season ticket for those that pre-register online - less than half the price of buying tickets on the gate.Entry is free for spectators with disabilities, Under 16s and qualified PGA Professionals.
The ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters promises to be one of the summer’s best sporting and social events set within the perfect setting of the beautiful Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
Located just 25 minutes from central London, the tournament will provide a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere from which to enjoy a full day’s action on and off the golf course.
A portion of the admission fee will be used toward raising monies for good causes, namely ISPS HANDA, which is committed to promoting blind and disabled golf.