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Matthew leads home challenge at Ladies Scottish Open

Catriona Matthew

Home hope: Catriona Matthew (pic: SNS Group)


 

European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew will lead the home challenge at this year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club.

The tournament, which is co-sanctioned by the LPGA and Ladies European Tour for the third year running, visits the East Lothian course for the first time from 8 – 11 August, just three weeks after the Men’s Scottish Open.

The event is the last ranking tournament for Solheim Cup qualifying for the European team, with Matthew announcing her line-up at Gleneagles 24 hours after the closing round.

Joining Matthew, a two-time winner of the tournament, in the field will be US star Beth Allan, who has been living in Edinburgh for the last three years.

The Californian, who captured the 2016 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, said: “Everything about Scottish golf gets me excited. I grew up playing in San Diego where you have to hit it high so playing in Scotland is a very different challenge but one that I enjoy.

“This will be my eighth consecutive appearance in this event and I’ll be hoping to use some of my knowledge of the area to my advantage this summer.”

Pamela Pretswell Asher returns after 20 months on the sidelines following the birth of her first child and will be looking to re-create the form that saw her finish in fourth place in 2013.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn and reigning Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall have already confirmed their attenance while other local hopefuls competing for $1.5 million include Kelsey Macdonald and Michele Thomson.

Martin Gilbert, chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, said, “I have watched this tournament grow from a national open to what it is today, a world-class golf event.

“Throughout that growth, we have always maintained the importance of recognising local talent and providing a platform for Scottish players to compete on a major golfing stage and we hope the Scottish fans get behind them at The Renaissance Club this summer.”

Entry to the tournament is free.



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