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Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open

Day 2 of the action from Dundonald Links on Scotland’s west coast where some of the world’s best golfers are competing for a prize fund of US$1.5m and the title of 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open champion.  Play throughout the day from 6.45am with admission on the gate.

The strongest Ladies Scottish Open field in history is in action on the North Ayrshire coastline with all of them intent on making the cut today ahead of the weekend’s final two rounds.  24 year-old American star Danielle Kang, fresh from her victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, is part of an elite list of major champions confirmed in the 156-strong player field including Scotland’s Catriona Matthew (main picture), Ariya Jutanugarn, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie and current world no. 1, So Yeon Ryu.   And look out for France’s IsabelleBoineau, the 2016 Ladies Scottish Open champion who is back to defend her title.

The stellar field currently comprises of stars from 29 nationalities and boasts five of the world’s top ten on the Official World Rolex Rankings.  And included in the field are no less than nine of Scotland’s best players, namely Carly Booth, Gemma Dryburgh, Kylie Henry, Vikki Laing, Kelsey MacDonald, Pamela Pretswell, Michele Thomson, Sally Watson and the aforementioned Catriona Matthew.

For the first time in Ladies Scottish Open history, the tournament is co-sanctioned between the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA with an illustrious list of over 71 champions with 350 titles set to compete at Dundonald Links, which played host to the Men’s Scottish Open just two weeks ago.

Talking about the increased field strength, two-time Ladies Scottish Open champion, Catriona Matthew, said, “It’s fantastic to have the world’s best players come and compete in our national open and it’s a great experience for the local players to see how they get on against seasoned champions from around the world. The Championship has evolved so much this year and with new prize fund of US$1.5million it’s a great opportunity for an up and coming Scot to make a name for herself.”

Taking place the week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will kick off a superb two weeks of links golf in Scotland.  The back-to-back stretch of events echoes the successful strategy employed by the Men’s Scottish Open taking place the week before The Open – an approach proven to be a competitive advantage for those players competing in both Championships.  The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is also a key element of Scotland’s commitments to the staging of The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.

This is the full list of the players taking part.  Start times for individual players will be available via the tee times link on the Ladies European Tour website.

Gates open at 6am ahead of  the morning rounds starting 6.45am to 8.45am (at 10 min intervals) and afternoon rounds  starting 11.45am to 1.45pm (at 10 min intervals).  Play finishes at approximately 7pm.

Admission is on the day priced: Adults £10/Concessions £7.50.

A season ticket admitting entry Thursday to Sunday costs: Adults £25/Concessions £20.