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 sales@stokebynayland.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.”

Ben Groutage, PGA Tournament Director said, “For many years now Stoke by Nayland has been synonymous with supporting golf at all levels of the game and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with both them and the Ladies European Tour at this year’s WPGA International Challenge. The tournament is a great opportunity for our WPGA Members to compete against some of the best up and coming talent in the women’s game and I have no doubt we are in for another exciting week of golf.”

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.”

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 mary.saward@stokegolfandleisure.com

                        

Photo Caption: Pro AM Gala Dinner in Devora Suite