The PGA in Scotland will be a trail-blazer in 2014 when it takes the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Ladies Tartan Tour under its umbrella.
It will be the first of the PGA's
seven regions to run both men's and women's professional circuits from
its headquarters at Gleneagles.
It is a feather in the cap of Brian Mair, appointed PGA in Scotland secretary last year, to lead the way forward. He said:
PGA in Scotland is committed to providing all our Members with
professional, competitive playing opportunities throughout the country
and we very much look forward to supporting Ladies golf during 2014 and
"This represents an important step in our quest to promote
the game to all sectors of the community and to reach as wide an
audience as possible".
The PLGC Ladies Tartan Tour Director is PGA
teaching professional and qualified Rules Referee Nicola Melville. She
cut her teeth on the inaugural Paul Lawrie domestic circuit last year
when she also worked as a referee on the PGA EuroPro Tour.
are delighted to have the sponsorship from the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre
again and look forward to working with the PGA in Scotland to support
ladies golf in Scotland"
Said Paul Lawrie:
“We’re very happy to
continue our support from 2013 of what was formerly the Scottish Ladies
Open Tour. The new schedule and improved structure will mean some
strong venues and the chance for the ladies to play for very healthy
"By supporting the Ladies
Tartan Tour we are effectively mirroring the support we offer to their
male counterparts. Hopefully it can provide an effective training
ground where the girls can get used to the rigour of competition and
help prepare them for the next step.”
The tour is open to
all female professionals and amateurs with single-figure handicaps. It
is not restricted to Scottish-based players.
There will be five
36-hole stroke-play tournaments, each over two days, at high profile
Scottish venues - Fairmont St Andrews, Murcar Links, Dundonald Links,
Macdonald Cardrona and Marriott Dalmahoy.
Each will have a prizefund of £6,000.
first event will be held at Fairmont St Andrews in April and the last -
the Tour Championship - at Marriott Dalmahoy in September when Heather
MacRae, a Gleneagles Hotel staff pro, will be defending the handsome
trophy, donated by Aberdeen hotel owner Stewart Spence.
Paul Lawrie has been instrumental in the Ladies Tartan Tour switching its emphasis from one-round to 36-hole events.
want to provide a platform for the lady pros and amateurs to prepare
for the day when they tackle the Q School and beyond by getting them
used to playing two-round tournaments," said Paul.
with 18-hole events but a different mindset is required by a player for
competitions over two rounds or more. That is one of the reasons why I
started the Paul Lawrie Invitational at Deeside on the men's Tartan Tour
which is dominated by one-day pro-ams."
A total of 82 competitors,
including some from the Continent and England, played on the only
Scotland-based lady pro and leading amateur circuit in its first season.
The hope is that more lady pros and low-handicap amateurs, keen to gain
experience of competing at this level, from outwith Scotland will be
attracted North of the Border by the 2014 schedule.
FACTS AND FIGURES
TITLE: Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Ladies' Tartan Tour.
In association with the PGA in Scotland
FORMAT: Five x 36-hole stroke-play tournaments, each over two days.
Open to all female professionals and amateurs with a single-figure handicaps
Tournament entry fee: £75 per event.
PGA members will be able to enter directly through the PGA in Scotland website but not
for the time being until the procedure is set up
and in place, ready to function.
Other players will need to phone the PGA in Scotland office at Gleneagles on
01764 661840 (ENTRIES OPEN SOON).
Membership of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Ladies Tartan Tour
PGA Professionals: No fee
Non-PGA Professionals: £70
Schedule (all 36-hole events)
Prizefunds: £6,000 per tournament
14-15: Fairmont St Andrews
8-9: Murcar Links
18-19: Dundonald Links
25-26: Macdonald Cardrona
10-11: Marriot Dalmahoy (Tour Championship)