The Ricoh Women’s British Open is one of the golfing highlights of the sporting calendar. In its 37th year, this year’s Championship makes its first appearance at one of the most famous and historic links courses in the UK, Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake. The seaside club has been host to 11 Open Championships is a fitting stage on which to perform for the world’s leading players over what will be 4 memorable days from the 13th – 16th of September, 2012, a new date ensuring the tournament does not clash with the London Olympics.
“We are absolutely delighted to be introducing Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake to the Ricoh Women”s British Open course rotation” said Shona Malcolm, the Ladies” Golf Union”s CEO.
Hoylake has a long and distinguished history of golfing firsts. It was originator and host to the inaugural men’s amateur championship in 1885, which became The Amateur Championship. It was host to the first ever international match between Scotland & England in 1902. It hosted the first Home International matches, and the first transatlantic contest between GB & I and the USA in 1921, an event which became the Walker Cup the following year.
In fact, it is Royal Liverpool Golf Club”s contribution to the amateur game that has set it apart from all other clubs in England. The Open at Hoylake was also the scene of the second leg of Bobby Jones”s historic Grand Slam in 1930. A young John Lennon used to walk across the course to visit his girlfriend and future wife Cynthia Powell who lived in Hoylake.
The course has also hosted a number of professional tournaments, both on the European Tour and before the foundation of that Tour in 1972; many tournaments for ladies, seniors and boys; and various regional and representative events. It hosted The Open Championship for the first time in 39 years in 2006 when Tiger Woods won his third Open Championship.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open is one of the most exciting Majors in golf. As the only women’s Major played outside the US it is the most international with the 2011 field boasting players from over 20 different nations, including the world’s top 15. The field for 2012 will be equally as strong and will include the reigning champion Yani Tseng, Americans Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer, Solheim Cup winners Melissa Reid, Caroline Hedwall and Laura Davies amongst others.
Along with the superb golf on show at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, spectators will find the perfect opportunity to relax and savour the atmosphere when not out on the course; the Championship Village will host a number of exhibition and retail units, interactive activities, and public catering facilities for the whole family to enjoy.
The 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open is all set to be another fantastic tournament. Take the opportunity to watch the world’s best women players showcasing their talents when the Championship gets under way at the famous links course on the 13th of September.
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The Ricoh Women’s British Open was founded by the Ladies’ Golf Union in 1976 and is staged in conjunction with IMG, the world’s largest sports marketing company. The event has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET since 1994 and gained Major status in 2001.
The staging of the 2012 Championship has been made possible not only by the strong support of Royal Liverpool Golf Club and its Members, but also by Wirral Council which has committed to providing significant infrastructure and operational support together with funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) which should to ensure that the 2012 Championship is just as successful as The Open played at Hoylake in 2006.