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New look for Highland Ladies Open

By Will Clark

Ladies Open 2017 winners Chris York and Jenny Gill
Ladies Open 2017 winners Chris York and Jenny Gill

The Highland Ladies Open is changing to a new format for this year’s competition where players will be going it alone for the first time.

Entries are now open for the 2018 competition which will be taking place at Castle Stuart Golf Links on Sunday, August 12.

This year the golf tournament will be held as an individual Stableford competition.

As part of the new format the capacity for entries is set to grow.

The competition was previously held as a pairs contest and the number of entries is extending from 40 players to 56.

It will be the fourth time Castle Stuart will be hosting the Highland Ladies Open.

The course has also previously hosted the Scottish Open on four occasions.

Castle Stuart is also seeking feedback on the possibility of extending the tournament to become a nationwide event next year.

Castle Stuart’s administration and marketing manager Stefanie Whyte said the event has proven popular with female golf players across the north of Scotland.

Now they are looking how they can widen the tournament’s appeal.

“The Highland Ladies’ Open has been a great success,” she said.

“It has developed each year since we launched it in 2015.

“The rising popularity means we have increased capacity again and the change in format also reflects the growing interest among women to compete in individual events.

“We are considering widening the event and would welcome comments on the possibility of it being open to players from across Scotland.”

Players must at least be aged 18, have a handicap of 36 or below and live in the postcode areas IV, KW or PH19-41.

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