LETAS Pro Am & 3-Day Event
LETAS 2017 event at Stoke by Nayland
Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th September 2017
Free entry to spectators! Come and watch some of the best female professionals in Europe compete on the championship Gainsborough course for 3 days for a prize fund of 35,000 euros!
There are still some places left if you would like to take part in this year's popular Pro-Am event on Wednesday 27th September and play with the future stars of international women's golf!
Team of three entry fee: £500 + VAT
This package includes the following:
- Coffee and bacon roll on arrival
- Shotgun start 12noon - 18 holes on the Gainsborough course
- Complimentary use of Championship practice facilities
- Pre-dinner drinks reception
- Three-course dinner with prize giving and entertaining guest comedian Ian Richards
- Complimentary practice 4-ball
To enter as an individual or to take a team of 3 and playing with one of the excellent LETAS women professionals in tournament conditions please contact Mary Saward on 01206 265841 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to download the application form for the 2017 Pro Am.
Stoke by Nayland gears up for 5th WPGA International Challenge
28th - 30th September – free spectator entry!
Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa will host the penultimate event of the LET Access Series season. Situated in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Suffolk/Essex border, the beautiful par-72 Gainsborough course will play host to the WPGA International Challenge for a fifth straight year from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th September.
Spectators can enhance their day with the excellent hospitality package available for Friday 29th September. At just £40 + VAT per person this is fantastic value and includes coffee and pastries on arrival, a delicious three-course buffet lunch and traditional Afternoon Tea. For reservations please call Stoke by Nayland Hotel on 01206 265 827 or 801 or email email@example.com
Photo Caption: Pro AM team at SbN with BBC presenters Naga Munchetty and Stewart White, plus pro Hannah Ralph and Lisa Skelton
The 54-hole event carries a purse of €35,000, an increase of €5,000 from last year. At the end of the LETAS schedule, the top-5 on the order of merit will be granted full playing rights on the Ladies European Tour for the 2018 season.
Last year, Eva Gilly won her maiden title on the LETAS after rounds of 73, 64 and 68. The French professional beat Austria’s Sarah Schober by three shots. Schober would finish the year as the leading professional and has played on the Ladies European Tour this year. Coming into the event, England’s Meghan Maclaren leads the order of merit from Valentine Derrey of France. The tournament was launched in 2013 by the PGA to further enhance the women’s game.
There will be 96 competitors from over 20 different countries, including 15 WPGA members, comprising winners from the WPGA’s One Day Series and the remaining places secured via a qualifying Order of Merit. Fifteen places will also be allocated to the leading English amateurs decided by England Golf, recognising LETAS’s commitment to providing an important link between elite amateur and professional golf.
Susanna Rendall, Managing Director of the family-owned venue said, “We are really delighted to welcome back these fantastic women golfers from all over the world and to play our part in showcasing this excellent standard of women’s golf. We are especially pleased that 15 year old Lily May Humphreys, who is a Stoke by Nayland Club member, will be playing in the tournament having won the English Womens’ Amateur Championship as one of its youngest ever champions. I hope that many spectators will come along and watch this excellent tournament – particularly as entry is free of charge.”
Di Barnard, the LETAS Tour Director said: “We are looking forward to returning to Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa for the fifth edition of the WPGA International Challenge. Susanna Rendall and Tamara Unwin are wonderful supporters of women’s golf and this is a fabulous venue, which the players thoroughly enjoy returning to each year. The Gainsborough course has proved a great test for the players and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the tournament to support the future stars of women’s golf.”
Photo Caption: Pro AM Gala Dinner in Devora Suite
There is a Pro Am with a Gala Dinner preceding the event on Wednesday 27th September. This is an opportunity to play with an international lady professional golfer in tournament conditions. For team entry enquiries please call Mary Saward on 01206 265841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Caption: The Golfers’ Terrace overlooking both 18th greens at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
A star is born...
There was an irresistible sense of a star being born as Eva Gilly (above) recorded successive birdies to win the WPGA International Challenge by three shots.
The teenager from France, who has missed a large portion of the season because of injury, had served notice of her rich potential 24 hours earlier by posting the round of the tournament at Stoke by Nayland Golf Hotel Spa.
Eight birdies, including five on the bounce from the first hole onwards, and no blemishes added up to an eight-under-par total of 64 that left her a shot adrift of tournament leader Sarah Schober.
Then there was little pressure. Not so, in the third and final round of what was the penultimate event in the LET Access Series, especially after the 15th hole.
Successive birdies from Gilly had erased Schober’s lead and put her a shot clear. And after the Austrian missed a short birdie putt to restore parity she made her pay.
Displaying the sang froid of an experienced campaigner, the 18-year-old birdied the next and then rifled her tee shot at the par three 18th to within a metre and delivered the coup de grace.
“It was a good finish,” said the tearful teen, with more than a soupçon of understatement.
“I birdied 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th and yesterday I had five birdies on the first five holes so that was good also. So I am really happy.” Stated Eva, shown below with SbN directors Susanna and Tamara.
The first prize of €4,800 was another cause for happiness; even more so overcoming the injury that has interrupted her fledging career.
“I have not played for a long time,” explained Gilly, who turned pro last October.
“I had a bad injury caused by too much practice. Ten months I was out of tournaments and this is only my sixth tournament back.”
By contrast, Schober has played in all 14 LET Access Series events and while she lost the battle at the Suffolk resort, the 24-year-old has the considerable consolation of winning the war in the form of a coveted LET card.
The top five in the LET Access Series Order of Merit earn one and Schober, who leads it with one event to play, has already claimed hers.
Nevertheless there is still some unfinished business to take care of at the season’s final event in Spain later this month.
“I am still waiting on my first win,” she said. “This was my fourth second. And I have also had a third place. This is my eighth top ten finish. I am pretty consistent but I am due a win.
“My goal was to be in the top five this season. I did not expect to be leading the Order of Merit and I have been in this position for the last few weeks.
“So there was pressure to hold the position. But going into Spain I have am few points ahead now so I will be more relaxed and I can have a good week and enjoy it.
“The win will come in time, if I am patient. Everything is moving in the right direction.”
The destination of the remaining four cards, however, is anything but clear cut. Six girls are in the mix and Scotland’s Michelle Thompson boosted her chances by finishing tied third with Alexandra Bonetti of France and England’s Kiran Matharu on six-under.
Similarly Sweden’s Jenny Haglund did her prospects no harm by sharing sixth place with England’s Jessica Bradley.
While the champagne remains on ice for the six hopefuls, Italy’s Stefania Avanzo was set to crack open the bubbly presented to her in recognition of her hole-in-one at the par three ninth.
“That was the second birdie of my career,” said the 23-year-old from Trieste
“I have also had an eagle on a par four - and each time it was with the seven iron in my hand.
“It was little lucky. I had to land it short of the green and it bounced the right way and rolled into the cup.”
England’s Meghan Maclaren also had cause for celebration after her tenth place finish on three-under-par made her leading amateur.
- 2015 LETAS Pro Am team with BBC Look East’s Stewart White and BBC News presenter Naga Munchetty.
- Ariane Provot from France – one of the European Professionals to participate this year
- Daisy Nielsen from Denmark will also be participating in 2016