Star studded field heading for Turnberry

Golf fans are in for a treat later this month when the Women’s Open comes to the Trump Turnberry resort with a star studded field heading to the Carrick coast.

Entries closed this week for the Ricoh sponsored tournament and barring any late withdrawals all of the top 20 female ranked players in the world as well as the top 20 players currently on the Ladies Professional Golf Association and Ladies European Tour will be teeing it up at the Ailsa Course from Thursday July 30-Sunday August 2.

Players will be competing for a prize fund worth close to £2m with 2014 champion Mo Martin facing a tough task to defend her title against the likes of World Number One Inbee Park, World Number Two Lydia Ko, Ricoh ambassadors Paula Creamer and Charley Hull, US Women’s Open Champion Michelle Wie and Scotland’s own Catriona Matthew who won the event in 2009.

Turnberry will have an international feel to it over the tournament with 23 different nationalities already signed up with the field being finalised at qualifying at Irvine Golf Club on Monday July 27.

Canadian teenage sensation Brooke Henderson has been awarded special exemption into the championship. Henderson only turned professional at the end of last year but is already ranked 46th in the world and has been rewarded for her form.

The 17 year-old said: “I am so excited to play in my first Ricoh Women’s British Open and I am very grateful to the Championship Committee for granting me this opportunity. I played in the 2012 Ladies British Amateur at Carnoustie and I absolutely loved visiting Scotland so I am super excited to be heading back there again. I really enjoyed the different challenges of playing links golf in Scotland and, now that I have gained a little more experience, I think I will enjoy it even more. I can’t wait to get to the Trump Turnberry Resort.”

Aussie veteran Karrie Webb was the winner the only time Turnberry has previously hosted the Women’s British Open in 2002.