Curtis Cup Stars Head to Final Qualifying

ENNISKERRY, IRELAND - JUNE 10:  Bronte Law of England and the Great Britain and Ireland team celebrates with her partner Leona Maguire (r) after they had won the 12th hole during the afternoon fourball matches of the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on June 10, 2016 in Enniskerry, Ireland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Four of GB & I’s victorious Curtis Cup team feature in the field for the Ricoh Women’s British Open Final Qualifying at John O’Gaunt on Monday (July 25).

Alice Hewson, Bronte Law, Meghan MacLaren and Maria Dunne all helped the home team beat the USA earlier this summer at Dun Leoghaire in Ireland and now tee up in a 99-strong field of top professionals and amateurs bidding for around ten places at the Ricoh Women’s British Open which starts at the Marquess’ course at Woburn on Thursday.

Law is currently No. 3 on the official Women’s Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and will be hoping for better fortune than last year when she arrived at the Final Qualifier at Irvine fresh from a superb 16-shot victory in the English Women’s Amateur Championship only to crash down to earth after being disqualified for using a distance measuring device.

This year’s field is one of the strongest ever assembled for Final Qualifying for the Ricoh Women’s British Open. It features 12 players who have qualified for the Olympics plus 27 players who have played on this year’s LPGA Tour in America and 47 others who compete on the Ladies European Tour.

One of the best-known local players is Hertfordshire’s Hannah Burke who finished tied-17th at last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry and then went on to claim her debut LET title at the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic.

Burke is joined at John O’Gaunt by Solheim Cup stars Gwladys Nocera, Trish Johnson and Caroline Hedwall and Spain’s Belen Mozo who is a regular on the LPGA Tour. India’s Aditi Ashok is also taking part after creating history at the end of last year when at the age of just 17 she become the youngest ever winner of the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School in Morocco. She is no stranger to golf in Great Britain having won both the Ladies’ British Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the St Rule Trophy before turning professional.

Aditi will be flying the Olympic flag for India in Rio alongside Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia.

Final Qualifying starts at John O’Gaunt at 7.30 am when England’s Kiran Mathura, Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and America’s Sydnee Michaels tee up in the first match on the course. Spectators are welcome. Admission is free of charge.

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