Sixteen Czech players with Klára Spilková will start in the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open at the Beroun Golf Club. The first tournament, organized by the Ladies European Tour under its responsibility after a pandemic break, will take place from 28 to 30 August with a prize money of 200,000 euros.
Spilková, the winner of the LET circuit in 2017 and a member of the LPGA for the second year, accepted the invitation to start at home, where she will appear for the first time in four years.
“I am competitive, a golfer with heart and soul. I have been thinking about the start for some time and I am glad that we agreed with the promoter Luboš Koželuh. I’m looking forward to the first tournament after a long time with spectators on the field, in addition to the home and in a familiar environment, “said Klára Spilková.
“The course is in great condition and the greens will be fast. The settings for the tournament should suit me, you can play “wedge” on the green and attack on more holes, but elsewhere you must be humble and use more head. I’m also looking forward to the tournament pressure, “added Klára Spilková.
Her opponents currently include the leading European player of the Order of Merit, Denmark’s Emily Pedersen, second from the Scottish Ladies Open, and 16-year-old Slovenian Pia Babnik, who has won seven professional tournaments in recent weeks, including the Czech and Slovak PGA.
“The issues surrounding the anti-covid-19 measures have given us extra work, but we have not underestimated anything. The players live in two official hotels, drive their own cars, have undergone tests with caddies and have strictly separate spaces. In the indoor, the players must wear a mask, “explained promoter Luboš Koželuh from Premier Sports.
“I am excited about the course of preparations and I would like to thank the organizers for the responsible approach so far and the smooth progress. The course is fantastic, and the event will be on the highest standard of the tour, “said tournament director Joao Pinto.
The length of the course of 5700 meters may give the impression of low scores, but it does not bother the local club. “We are glad that the tournament will take place at all in uncertain times, and moreover with us. If someone want to shoot the playground, let them wish, “added the director of the resort, Vojtěch Matějček.
The largest golf event this year in the Czech Republic will be the first in the world after the outbreak of a pandemic, which will be attended by spectators on the spot. “Without them, it was a bit sad,” Klára Spilková said about previous tournaments in the world.