Money will help ‘improve and grow’ the tour to help maximise growth of the game
By ECG Newsdesk
WOMEN’S GOLF received a much-needed boost recently when the R&A agreed to increase its funding for the Ladies European Tour (LET) and its development tour, the LET Access Series, for 2017.
The R&A, which completed its merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union at the start of the year, has supported the LET for over 20 years and the additional funding will help the tour - the world’s second largest ladies’ tour behind the LPGA - to further develop its efforts to contribute to the growth of the game amongst women and girls.
Since the establishment of the LET’s Development Department in September 2014 and the appointment of Mike Round as the director of development, the LET has been working more closely with the National Federations and event promoters to maximise the impact for women’s and girls’ golf.
“Some of the R&A’s funding will be targeted at supporting golf development programmes in a number of the countries where we have events,” said Round.
“We will be looking to work with local and national partners to support coaching and activity programmes that aim to raise the profile of women’s golf and increase participation.”
Regarding the LET Access Series tour director, Di Barnard, said the announcement was a welcome boost. “Through the Access Series events, we aim to provide amateurs and emerging young professionals with the opportunity to test themselves against other talented players on an international level so they can make a more informed decision about their futures,” she said.
“We are continually looking for ways to improve and grow the tour and, with the R&A’s support, we will be able to look at developing a more extensive online scoring system that benefits our partners, provides valuable information to players and coaches, and also provide more engaging content for spectators.”
Duncan Weir, the executive director of golf development at the R&A added: “The R&A is delighted to be continuing our long-standing support for the LET and LET Access Series. We are committed to supporting the encouragement and development of women’s and girls’ golf through our merger with the LGU.”
Further information about the LET’s commitment to golf development will soon be available through a new dedicated page at ladieseuropeantour.com