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Golf stars heading to Stoke-by-Nayland for WPGA International Challenge

12 September, 2018 - 12:46
Sweden's Emma Nilsson will be in action at Stoke-by-Nayland this week. Picture: TRISTAN JONES/LETAS

Sweden's Emma Nilsson will be in action at Stoke-by-Nayland this week. Picture: TRISTAN JONES/LETAS

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Some of the best female golfers in the world will be in action at Stoke-by-Nayland this week.

The Hotel and Golf Club is hosting its sixth consecutive Ladies European Tour Access Series WPGA International Challenge, starting tomorrow and ending on Saturday.

A field of 108 players from 17 different countries will tee up in the penultimate tournament of the LETAS season.

The par-72 Gainsborough course will host the event, with players chasing a €35,000 prize fund and the goal of gaining an exemption on to the Ladies European Tour for next season.

The 54-hole event is the only LETAS event to be staged in the UK this year and includes 15 WPGA members, comprising winners from the WPGA’s One Day Series and the remaining places secured via a qualifying Order of Merit over the same period.

15 spots are also allocated to the leading English amateurs, decided by England Golf. The recent English Women’s Amateur champion, Georgina Blackman, will be in the field and is a player to watch. The 22-year-old, from Chelmsford, graduated from Western Kentucky University in May.

Sweden’s Emma Nilsson currently leads the Order of Merit by just under 1,700 points from Elia Folch of Spain, with the winner of this week’s event earning 5,000 points.

She said: “I’m very excited for this week in England. This will be my 5th time playing the WPGA International Challenge. I really like the course and the greens are always in good condition.

“My results in the last two tournaments have been 10th and 11th, so I’m really looking forward to the week.”

Play gets underway tomorrow at 8am and will continue until around 7pm on both Thursday and Friday.

The final day’s play on Saturday will be from 9am until around 4pm. Admission is free to the public every day.

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