Two weeks out from The Evian Championship, the LET are this week in East Lothian, Scotland. Archerfield Links is where Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will welcome North Berwick’s own, Scotland’s pride and favourite of fans everywhere, Catriona Matthew to their the event.
This tournament has been played here for the past 4 years showing off it’s 54 holes format with 72 players competing from around the world.
Highly credentialed Matthew comes in this week as defending champion and two time winner. Under her belt she already amasses 10 international tournament wins and has represented Team Europe 7 times in the Solheim Cup.
The simplicity and evenness of her swing is reflected in her gentle manner. “ i really like playing both in Scotland and at Archerfield. I just hope the weather is good and that a lot of people come out and watch” Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open – EventScotland
Kylie Walker, Pamela Pretswell and previous winner Carly Booth line up as some of the other Scottish hopefuls. It will be interesting to see which one will vie to fly the Scottish flag come the end of the week.
In the way of the Scots getting their hands on the trophy are a string of highly charged players enjoying the fruits of their golfing efforts of late.
Among the French challengers Anne-Lise Caudal and Sophie Giquel-Bettan have been in sold form and wont be afraid of a ‘come from behind’ challenge if the first 2 days don’t bare up.
Aussies will have a charge. Rebecca Artis will call on her experience from last year and hope for a confidence building finish as she heads off next week to Sweden for the Helsingborg Open where she will defend her title.
I’m tipping Dame Laura Davies (Eng) to be thereabouts on the last day and see her elevation in ISPS Handa Order of Merit. She currently sits at 13th. This 54 hole format may just suit Laura to a tee this week as she enjoyed her opening couple of rounds at Canadian Pacific Women’s Open last week posting under par rounds.
Her compatriot Hannah Burke might have something to say about that. Hannah, one of only two players to finish under par last year posted a hard fought -6, 2 shots behind Matthews.