IRELAND’S Olivia Mehaffey will look to defend her Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay title when the international event takes place at Conwy Golf Club at the end of the month.
Mehaffey is currently the top ranked player on the LGU Order of Merit and lying 10th in the World Amateur rankings, but she will face a strong Welsh challenge from Wrexham’s Chloe Williams, who recently represented Europe in the Patsy Hankins Trophy, and fellow Wales internationals including Lauren Hillier, Bethan Morris and Georgia Lewis.
The top quality event includes Charley Hull and Amy Boulden as past winners.
Conwy Golf Club will also host the ladies and girls home international matches later this year.
Founded in 1890 Conwy has a long history of hosting top level golf championships including professional events such as the S4C Ladies Championship of Europe in 2010 and The Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open in 2012. Championship manager for the Golf Union of Wales, David Wilson, said: “We are delighted to be holding this championship at Conwy. The course and facilities are superb and I am sure will be enjoyed by all of the competitors.”
The strong field includes six out of the top 10 LGU ranked players with Rochelle Morris, Sophie Lamb and Lianna Bailey heading a strong English contingent. Scottish internationals Eilidh Briggs, Gabrielle Macdonald and Hannah McCook will also be present alongside Irish national team players including Lisa Maguire, Maria Dunne and Chloe Ryan.
A sprinkling of players from the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany and the USA help to give the event a genuinely international feel.
Conwy Golf Club secretary Chris Chance said: “Our course is ideally suited to championship golf and we very much look forward to welcoming all the competitors to Conwy.
“Holding both this tournament and the forthcoming Ladies and Girls Home International matches this summer will help to continue our long standing record of hosting top level golf events.”
The competitors will play 36 holes over the first two days (April 29 & 30) before being cut to the top 45 and ties for the final round on Sunday, May 1 with the leaders expected to tee off at around 11am.
Visitors are welcome to watch some of the best women amateur players in the UK compete for the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay title.
Pictured are Conwy Golf Club secretary Chris Chance, left, and captain Gerry Grimes