St Annes Old Links has been confirmed as the Final Qualifying venue for the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The Final Qualifying event will be played on Monday 30 July ahead of the Championship returning to nearby Royal Lytham & St Annes from 2-5 August, which will mark the fifth time the world-renowned links has hosted the Women’s British Open.
Professional and elite amateur golfers will compete for the available qualifying places over one round of 18 holes.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “St Annes Old Links is one of Great Britain and Ireland’s most prominent links courses and has a highly regarded reputation for hosting professional and elite amateur events.
“We look forward to an exciting Final Qualifying event when golfers will compete for the final places available in the Ricoh Women’s British Open.” St Annes Old Links has been a qualifying venue for The Open on many occasions, most recently in 2012, and will host Final Qualifying in 2018 ahead of The 147th Open at Carnoustie. It becomes the first venue to host final qualifying at both the Open Championship and Ricoh Women’s British Open in the same year. It has also held a number of elite amateur events including this year’s Boys Home Internationals, the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the Girls Home Internationals.
Pre-Qualifying for the Ricoh Women’s British Open will be hosted at Hankley Common for the second consecutive year on Monday 16th July 2018.
The Women’s British Open was founded by the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) in 1976 and has been staged in conjunction with IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, since 1984. The event has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET since 1994, and gained Major status in 2001. The LGU merged with The R&A on 1 January 2017.
Ricoh, a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services, has been the title sponsor of the Ricoh Women’s British Open since 2007.