Feast of golf for Ayrshire fans next summer

Karrie Webb was the winner the last time the Women's British Open was played at Turnberry.
Karrie Webb was the winner the last time the Women's British Open was played at Turnberry.

Ayrshire is set for a feast of golf next summer with the news that Dundonald Links is set to host the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in July 2015.

It will be staged the week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open heads for Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa Course in what will be the first major tournament staged at the resort since it was bought over by Donald Trump.

Dundonald Links, which is the sister course of Loch Lomond and is situated on the road to Irvine will host the Ladies Scottish Open from July 24-26 2015 before Turnberry’s Ailsa Course hosts its second Women’s British Open from July 30 to August 2.

The Ladies Scottish Open is being heavily backed by Aberdeen Asset Management and the prize fund at next years event will increase from £200,000 to £400,000 making it the third richest event in women’s golf.

Bill Donald, General Manager of Loch Lomond Golf Club and Dundonald Links said: “Both Loch Lomond and Dundonald Links have experience of hosting professional and amateur tournaments and we are delighted to play host to the high profile Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Dundonald Links and we look forward to extending a very warm welcome to everyone involved with the tournament.”

Dundonald Links has long been touted to host the men’s version of the Scottish Open and is strongly fancied to get the nod for the event in 2017 so next years Women’s Open could be seen as a dry run.

Meanwhile, next years Women’s British Open will be the first Turnberry has staged in 13 years and the resort will welcome the top stars in the women’s game from around the world.

They will tackle the Ailsa Course, changes to which Donald Trump won’t be carrying out until after the Women’s Open.