LET Announces 2005 Schedule


Ladies European TourThe Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) announced Wednesday that the 2005 tournament schedule will be the strongest in its 25-year history with a total prize fund approaching 9million in a calendar featuring 20 events.
Not since 1990 has the tour witnessed a schedule of this depth and along with a 1.1million increase in prize money - a 16% improvement on 2004 - the LET will be expanding its global footprint in 2005 and will visit 17 different countries on four continents.
The tour will also witness new events in South Africa, Singapore, Thailand and Finland and will also see the return to the schedule of tournaments in Norway, Denmark and Austria.
The season begins in February with the $200,000 Singapore Ladies Masters at Laguna National Golf and Country Club, a week after the mens European Tour play at the same venue.
It will be the first time the LET has ventured into the Southeast Asia region and the event will be co-sanctioned with the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and the Korean Ladies Professional Golfers Association (KLPGA).
The tour will bounce around from continent-to-continent, before really taking off in the summer months.
From July 20-23, some of the very finest players in the world will gather again on the shores above Lake Geneva to contest the 11th edition of the $2.5million Evian Masters where last season, Wendy Doolan from Australia won a thrilling event ahead of World number one Annika Srenstam.
Karen Stupples from England will defend her first major championship title at the 1.05million Weetabix Womens British Open, which takes place from July 28-31 at Royal Birkdale GC near Southport, one of the finest links golf courses anywhere in the world.
From Aug. 4-7, the Swedish Open returns to Vasatorp GC in Helsingborg where it is anticipated Srenstam will defend the title she won in convincing fashion last year in Stockholm.
From Sept. 9-11, the 12 players of Team Europe, captained by Swede Catrin Nilsmark, will aim to make history for her continent as they head to Crooked Stick GC in Indianapolis for The Solheim Cup.
Europe, the defending champions after their record-breaking win in Sweden in 2003, will aim to win the title on U.S. soil for the first time, but they will have to overcome all the odds and an expected strong team headed by the legendary Nancy Lopez.
The final event as the schedule stands at present will be the KLM Ladies Open in Holland which takes place from Sept. 16-18 at a venue to be announced soon.
But the LET are confident of announcing more events in the early part of 2005, which will boost the playing opportunities for the members and possibly increase the total prize fund to over 10million for the first time in its history.
2005 Schedule:
February 3-5 -- Singapore Ladies Masters -- Laguna National Golf and Country Club
February 10-12 -- Womens World Cup of Golf -- Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa.
February 24-27 -- ANZ Ladies Masters -- Royal Pines GC, Queenslands Gold Coast.
March 31 - April 3 -- Thailand Ladies Open -- Alpine Golf and Country Club, Thailand
April 7-10 -- Tenerife Ladies Open from -- Costa Adeje GC, Thailand
May 12-15 -- Open de Espaa Femenino ' Venue TBD
May 26-29 -- Golfclub Fhrenwald, Austria

June 2-5 -- BMW Ladies Italian Open -- Sheraton Parco dei Medici, Rome
June 9-12 -- Arras Open de France -- Anzin St. Aubin in the Pas de Calais
July 8-10 -- Ladies English Open -- Venue TBD
July 14-16 -- OTP Bank Central European Open -- Old Lake GC, Budapest
July 20-23 ' Evian Masters -- Lake Geneva
July 28-31 -- Weetabix Womens British Open -- Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, England
August 4-7 -- Swedish Open -- Vasatorp GC, Helsingborg
August 11-14 -- Wales Ladies Championship of Europe -- Machynys Peninsula GC, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
August 19-21 -- Ladies Norwegian Masters ' Venue TBD
August 26-28 -- Ladies Finnish Masters -- Helsinki GC, Finland
September 1-4 -- Nykredit Masters -- Kokkedal GC, Hrsholm, Copenhagen.
September 9-11 -- The Solheim Cup -- Crooked Stick GC, Indianapolis
September 16-18 -- KLM Ladies Open, Venue TBD, Holland