Women to Play Old Course in 2007


04 Weetabix WomenThe Ladies Golf Union (LGU) announced that the Weetabix Womens British Open will break new ground in 2007 when it is played at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Aug. 2-5, becoming the first championship for women professionals to be played at the Home of Golf.
The Old Course has hosted 26 mens Open Championships and numerous other professional tournaments.

The Ladies Golf Union is delighted that the worlds top women professionals will have the opportunity in 2007 of playing over the worlds best known course, said Andy Salmon, chief executive of the LGU. The Old Course and St Andrews embody much of the long history of golf, and it is right that the only womens major to be played outside the U.S. should now be coming to St. Andrews in 2007.

Sir Richard George, chairman and managing director of Weetabix, was equally enthusiastic on the announcement of St Andrews. We are committed to playing the Weetabix Womens British Open on courses that are recognised as being top-class layouts, while at the same time presenting a stiff but fair test of ability, said George.

The Weetabix Womens British Open has only on one occasion been played in Scotland, in 2002, when the winner at Turnberry was Karrie Webb. Annika Sorenstam will defend her title at Sunningdale Golf Club July 29-Aug. 1. The Championship will be played at Royal Birkdale in 2005 and Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2006.