Keen competition at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open

The Tipsport Czech Ladies Open 2019 promises to be a great show with plenty of home-grown players and foreign entrants. The new LET/LETAS tournament at Karlštejn on 23-25 August has attracted star names. On top of that, the Czech players have hit a rich vein of form.

Tereza Melecká

They shone at the last LETAS tournament hosted by Konopiště. Eighteen out of 28 Czechs made the cut and four placed in the top six, with amateur Tereza Melecká sharing second place, having also been runner-up last year. Another successful trio who shared sixth place, professional Kateřina Vlašínová and the amateurs Tereza Koželuhová and Patricia Macková, will also play at Karlštejn.

26/10/2017 LET Access Series 2017: Santander Golf Tour LETAS El Saler, Parador El Saler October 25-27 2017. Sideri Vanova of the Czech Republic during the second round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Šideri Váňová should be flying in to Karlštejn from the US Symetra Tour, while other professional LETAS participants on the start list will include Lucie Hinnerová, Eva Koželuhová and Kateřina Krásová. That means at least five professionals from the Czech Republic are certain to take part. The complete list of domestic amateurs invited to the event will be clarified as soon as possible, but hopes such as Melecká, Macková and Sára Kousková, the highest-placed Czech amateur in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), eleventh at Konopiště, are sure to be there.

17/08/2017 Ladies European Tour 2017: The Solheim Cup, Des Moines Golf Country Club, Des Moines, Iowa. USA. 18-20 August 2017. Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark during the Thursday practice round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Naming all the European golf stars who will be participating would take a while. Successful Ladies European Tour members will be arriving from the British Isles: Annabel Dimmock, Meghan MacLaren, Florentyna Parker, Lydia Hall, and the world’s top amateur, Leona Maguire. There is going to be a strong contingent from Scandinavia: the Swedes Linda Wessberg and Camilla Lennarth, the Danish Emily Pedersen (all LET champions), and also the LETAS winner at Konopiště, the Finn Sanna Nuutinen.

22/07/2014 Ladies European Tour. Sberbank Ladies Masters, Golf Park Plzen Dysina, Pilzen, Czech Republic. 25-27 July 2014. Defending champion, Ann-Kathrin Lindner of Germany, on the second tee during the practice round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Germany will also have a significant presence thanks to Ester Henseleit, Olivia Cowan, Karoline Lampert and Ann-Kathrin Lindner, who won the LET tournament in Dýšina six years ago. Non-European golfers are represented by the South African Stacy Lee Bregnam and the Australian Whitney Hillier.

The promoters still have some invitations left, so even though the tournament is about to start you can expect some surprise participants who do not yet feature in the list of entrants. The Ladies European Tour will be having a break after the second week of August, before resuming with the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open 2019. This is an unmissable opportunity for professionals from Europe and beyond.