LET, Tipsport Czech Ladies Open 2019 preview & 4 to watch
Location: Czech Republic
Course: Golf Course Karlstejn
Prize Fund: €120,000
After a spell of majors, co-sanctioned LPGA events an invitationals the LET returns this week with the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open 2019. It also sees the return of LET to the Czech Republic after a gap of three years.
After the Jabra Ladies Open earlier this year, it is the second dual-ranking event on the LET and LET Access Series (LETAS).
Esther Henseleit of Germany could move to number 1 in the LET Order of Merit rankings come Sunday. In the absence of Nuria Iturrioz (who currently leads), a top three finish for Esther would take her into first position on the LET Order of Merit.
The championship will have an international field of 138 players including 50 from LETAS, 50 from LET, 10 Federation exchanges, 10 promoter LET invites and 18 Czech Golf Federation invites. The field will consist of 17 Czech Republic players including five professionals.
There will be a start for 15-year-old Slovenian Pia Babnik who makes her debut on the LET after winning the R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship at Panmure in Scotland on Saturday. On Wednesday she said “I can’t wait to get started, since this is my first LET tournament,”
Below we look at 4 in form players who could be lifting the trophy come Sunday afternoon.
Annabel Dimmock (England)
It's been a good couple of months for England's Annabel Dimmock. She won the Jabra Ladies Classic (another mixed LET/LET Access Series event) at the Evian Resort back in May. The win granted her access to play in the Evian championship and the British Open where she finished 69th.
She played in the first ever ISPS Handa World Invitational last week in Northern Ireland where she finished 27th in a strong field of players. She also had a good finish in Thailand prior to the Evian Championship.
Annabel, seems to be on a good run at the moment and don't be surprised to see her challenge this week back on the LET. She is now up to 19th on the Order of Merit and 341st in the world.
Olivia Cowan (Germany)
Olivia, is another player having a good season and another player on a good run of late. Olivia, also played last week in Northern Ireland, she had a good finish ending up 3rd, 3 shots behind the winner Stephanie Meadow.
She, missed the cut in Scotland in horrible conditions but had a good British Open finishing 29th. Before the majors back on the LET she had 3 top 10's in her last 4 starts with a 2nd, 4th and 3rd place finish. It feels like only a matter of time before she gets her first LET win.
Currently 6th on the Order of Merit and 175th in the world.
Carly Booth (Scotland)
Carly, has really bounced back to form this year and she showed that last week at the Invitational with another good finish coming 10th. The week before she won the Douglas Lowe Memorial Trophy for the leading Scot at the Scottish Open, finishing 9th.
It was an unfortunate missed cut at the British Open but she did finish 29th in Thailand a few weeks earlier. Carly, looks in a really good rhythm at the moment and she could easily add to her 3 top 10's this season here in the Czech Republic.
Now 12th on the Order of Merit and 294th in the world rankings.
Hayley Davis (England)
Hayley, won the Bossey Ladies Championship last week by 7 shots on the LET Access Series to move to the top of the order of merit. She was already having a great season, and now leading the Order of Merit is where she deserves to be after the golf she has played this year.
Before her win she had 6 top 10's this season which included a runners up spot in the Czech Republic. The week before her win she was T 3rd in Sweden so she is definitely on a hot streak.
Hayley, has been very consistent this year and earlier in the year qualified for the US Open. Now up to 397th in the world.
How did our predictions for the Bossey Ladies Championship do
Hayley Davis: Winner
Caroline Rominger: 5th
Sanna Nuutinen: 13th
Laura Gomez Ruiz: 59th