The Ladies European Tour has released its 2010 schedule. There are 27 events in 20 different countries, including four new stops in New Zealand, Morocco, Slovakia and China.
Two additional events, in Turkey and Scotland, will return to the schedule after a one year absence. This surpasses the 2009 season when there were 23 tournaments in 18 countries across the world.
The season will start with the inaugural Pegasus New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch at Pegasus Golf Club from February 25-28. The next new event is the Princess Lalla Meryem Cup at Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia from March 18-20, which will take place during the same week as the Hassan II Trophy on the men’s European Tour.
From May 27-30, the LET will make an historic first visit to Slovakia with the Ladies Slovak Open at Gray Bear Golf Club. There will also be a second event in China, the week before the popular Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. The Anji King Valley Ladies Open will be played at Anji King Valley Golf Club from October 21-24.
After a one year hiatus, the LET returns to National Golf Club in Antalya for the Turkish Ladies Open from May 6-9 and to Scotland for the Ladies Scottish Open, at Archerfield Links in East Lothian, from August 18-20. The Finnair Masters will take place for the sixth straight year at Helsinki Golf Club in Tali, Finland, from August 27-29.
Additionally, there will be several new tournament venues. The Women’s Australian Open moves to Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne, the ABN AMRO Ladies Open moves to Golfclub Broekpolder in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and the Tenerife Ladies Open returns to Buenavista Golf.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open returns to Royal Birkdale in England, with the AIB Ladies Irish Open, supported by Failte Ireland, taking place at Killeen Castle in County Meath the following week. The tournament will provide the only opportunity for players from both sides of the Atlantic to test their skills on The 2011 Solheim Cup venue in a competitive environment and expects to draw a quality field of international competitors from all over the world.
Armas said: “We are extremely pleased with next year’s schedule following on from a spectacular 2009 season. Despite the tough financial climate, there has been massive interest in hosting a Ladies European Tour event. The players’ efforts have helped to make every tournament a great experience and have given value to all stakeholders. The schedule reflects the continued growing interest in women’s golf.
“There are still some details to be confirmed, such as venues and prize money, but these will be announced in the coming months and we will be playing at quality golf courses. We also anticipate that total prize money will be at least equal to, if not greater, than in 2009. I would like to thank all of our partners for their continued commitment to the Ladies European Tour and its players. We look forward to working with all involved to ensure the tour’s continued success in 2010 and beyond.”
Ladies European Tour 2010 schedule
Feb 25 - 28 NEW ZEALAND Pegasus New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch Pegasus Golf Club, Christchurch, New Zealand NZ$400,000 € 200,000
Mar 4 - 7 AUSTRALIA ANZ Ladies Masters * Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia AUD $600,000 € 372,500
Mar 11 - 14 AUSTRALIA Women's Australian Open * Commonwealth Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia AUD $500,000 € 310,500
Mar 18 - 20 MOROCCO Lalla Meryem Cup Royal Golf Anfa Mohammédia, Mohammédia, Morocco EUR 275,000 € 275,000
April 22 - 25 SPAIN Comunitat Valenciana European Nations Cup, La Sella Golf Resort, Alicante, Spain EUR 350,000 € 350,000
May 7 -9 TURKEY Turkish Ladies Open National Golf Club, Belek, Antalya, Turkey EUR 200,000 € 200,000
May 13-16 GERMANY HypoVereinsbank Ladies German Open presented by Audi, Golfpark Gut Häusern, Nr. Munich, Germany EUR 300,000 € 300,000
May 27 - 30 SLOVAKIA Ladies Slovak Open, Gray Bear Golf Club,Brezno,Tale, Slovakia EUR 350,000 € 350,000
June 4 - 6 NETHERLANDS ABN AMRO Ladies Open, Golfclub Broekpolder - Rotterdam, Netherlands EUR 250,000 € 250,000
June 17 - 20 SWITZERLAND Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, Golf Gerre Losone, Ticino, Switzerland EUR 525,000 € 525,000
June 25 - 27 PORTUGAL Ladies Open of Portugal TBC EUR 200,000 € 200,000
July 1 - 4 SPAIN Tenerife Ladies Ope, Buenavista Golf, Buenavista del Norte- Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain EUR 300,000 € 300,000
TBC SPAIN Open de Espana femenino TBC TBC
July 22 - 25 FRANCE EVIAN MASTERS presented by Societe Generale *, Evian Masters GC, Evian-Les-Bains, France US $3,250,000 € 2,215,850
July 29 - 1 Aug ENGLAND RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN *, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, UK US $2,500,000 € 1,704,500
Aug 6 - 8 IRELAND AIB Ladies Irish Open, Killeen Castle, County Meath, Ireland € 500,000 € 500,000
Aug 12 - 15 WALES S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe, TBC TBC
Aug 18 - 20 SCOTLAND Ladies Scottish Open presented by Event Scotland 1, Archerfield Links, East Lothian, Scotland £181,818 € 200,000
Aug 27 - 29 FINLAND Finnair Masters Helsinki Golf Club, Tali, Finland EUR 200,000 € 200,000
Sept 9 - 12 FRANCE Open de France Féminin Paris International Golf Club,18 Route du Golf, Baillet-en-France France TBC
TBC AUSTRIA UNIQA Ladies Golf Open presented by Raiffeisen Golfclub Föhrenwald, Wiener Neustadt, Austria TBC
TBC SPAIN Madrid Ladies Masters TBC TBC
Oct 7 - Oct 9 ITALY Carti Si Ladies Italian Open TBC EUR 200,000 € 200,000
Oct 22 - 24 CHINA Anji King Valley Ladies Open, Anji King Valley Country Club,Lingfeng Mountain Leisure Resort, Anji, Zhejiang, China EUR 200,000 € 200,000
OCT 29 - 31 CHINA Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open *, Suzhou International Golf Club, Shanghai, China EUR 200,000 € 200,000
Nov 4 - 7 KOREA Korean Ladies Masters * TBC US $375,000 € 255,675, Emirates Golf Course, (Majlis
Dec 8 - 11 DUBAI Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Course), Dubai, U.A.E. EUR 500,000 € 500,000
Majors are indicated in BLOCK CAPITALS
* Joint Sanction event ** Subject to currency exchange 1Designated "Special event"