Wednesday, February 01, 2017


The Ladies European Tour Access Series is pleased to announce its schedule for the 2017 season, which will feature a minimum of 12 tournaments in nine countries across Europe.

It will be headlined by the Jabra Ladies Open at Evian Resort Golf Course in France on June 1-3, which features a €50,000 prize fund and will also double as the official European Qualifier for the Evian Championship, with two spots available in the season's Fifth Major at the same venue, on September 11-17.

Now in its eighth year, the LET Access Series season begins with the Terre Blanche Ladies Open at the stunning Golf de Terre Blanche near Nice in France from March 31-April 2. The tournament was the first ever LETAS event to be played in 2010 and will be held for the sixth time, having returned to the LET schedule in 2016 after a one year hiatus.

The Azores Ladies Open will return to Terceira Golf Club on Terceira Island, where it was previously staged in 2015. Meanwhile, the VP Bank Ladies Open, to be played at the beautiful Gams-Werdenberg Golf Club in Switzerland for the fourth time on May 4-6, followed by the Swedish PGA Championship at PGA Sweden National on May 24-26.

The EVLI Ladies Finnish Open will be played at Hillside Golf Club on June 9-11, followed by the Czech Ladies Challenge on June 22-24 and then the Citizenguard LETAS Trophy in Belgium on July 6-8. The LET Access Series then returns to Augas Santas Balneario and Golf Resort in Spain for the fifth edition of the Riberia Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open on July 12-14, followed by the Norrporten Ladies Open at Sundsvall Golf Club in Sweden on August 2-4.

Moving on to France, the NordicTrack Open will be played for the fourth successive year, followed by the fifth WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in England on September 28-30.

LET Access Series Tour Director, Di Barnard, said: "I'm excited about the playing opportunities available to our members in 2017, with some fantastic events at superb venues, which will allow our members and elite amateurs to test their game at the professional level. It is extremely pleasing to see the rapid progress of former members, such as Olafia Kristinsdottir and Nicole Broch Larsen, who are now making an impact on the world stage and in big events such as the Olympic Games in Rio. I would like to thank all of our promoters, sponsors and partners for their continued support of our tour and players and for helping to make this possible."

The LET Access Series is the official developmental tour to the Ladies European Tour and provides players with an opportunity to progress to the LET. The top five players on the 2017 LETAS Order of Merit will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour for the 2018 season, while players finishing in sixth to 20th positions progress to the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School, thereby skipping the first qualifying event. Some of the players who have progressed on to the Ladies European Tour via the LET Access Series are Scotland's Pamela Pretswell, Marion Ricordeau from France, Denmark's Nicole Broch Larsen and Olivia Cowan from Germany.

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