The final Women’s British Open qualifier will see Dame Laura Davies and Paula Creamer battling for a spot in the field at Kingsbarns.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open final qualifying event will see two of the game’s most prominent players in the field. Dame Laura Davies and Paula Creamer will tee it up at St. Andrews’ Castle Course Monday, July 31st, in a final attempt to earn a spot at Kingsbarns.
Established by the Ladies Golf Union in 1976, the Women’s British Open is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and with a $3.25 million purse is among the most prestigious of the major annual events in the women’s game.
Davies and Creamer, both major champions, have run out their automatic exemptions and find themselves in the position of competing for a spot in the Women’s British Open field by either winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies’ Scottish Open or earning one of the 20 remaining spots at the St. Andrews qualifier.
The Scottish Open doesn’t look like it’s going to provide the avenue to Kingsbarns for either player. Davies is struggling to get above the projected cut line at Dundonalds and while Creamer will likely make the cut she’s well back of Karrie Webb’s lead going into the weekend.
With 84 worldwide career victories on her résumé that include U.S. Open (1987), Women’s PGA Championship (1994, 1996) and du Maurier Classic (1996) titles, Dame Laura Davies has been a prominent figure in the women’s game for three decades or more. Her game may not be as sharp as it was earlier in her career, but her competitive instinct is unabated and her enthusiasm for the playing field surpasses that of most rookie pros.
Paula Creamer, also a U.S. Women’s Open champion (2010) enjoys an international popularity that transcends her recent playing record; and, like Davies, Paula Creamer’s love of and support for women’s golf at all levels is intact even as she struggles to regain her competitive cutting edge.
Davies & Creamer facing tough competition from younger players
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It’s really a rather remarkable situation for both players who have long and very distinguished records. They’re going to have to fight their way through an unusually strong field of hopefuls that includes a number of emerging young players in the game, including Amy Boulden, Nicole Broch Larsen, Bronte Law, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, and Luna Sobron.
Then there are the amateurs, highly ranked, frisky as young fillies, and hungry for their first opportunity to compete at the highest level of the women’s game.
Will Davies and Creamer be able to outplay Mathilda Cappeliez, India Clyburn, Julia Engstrom, Sophie Lamb, My Leander, Amanda Linner, Olivia Mehaffey, Kim Metraux, Linnea Strom, Dewi Weber and Annabel Wilson?
Davies and Creamer may have the advantage of experience going into the Castle Course qualifier, but both will be tested by the youth and energy of the final qualifier field.