The Ladies European Tour (LET) is back underway in the Netherlands with the staging of the Big Egg Open, held at the Hilversumsche Golf Club.
The event held 30 minutes outside Amsterdam, will be the 22nd event of the LET season and offers a prize fund of €300,000, with play starting on Friday the 8th of September and concluding on Sunday the 10th.
Northern Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey is the sole representative from the island of Ireland this weekend and will hope to make an improvement on her joint-50th finish at the KPMG Women’s Irish Open last week at Dromoland Castle.
Her performance at the Irish Open left Mehaffey with some frustration and explained after the tournament why it left a slightly bitter taste.
“I didn’t putt very well the last three days, disappointing because it is normally the best part of my game. You have weeks like that, it is just part of golf, isn’t it?
“It is nice to know that I have two events coming right up, and now I’m looking forward to them. I feel like my game is in a better place. I feel like I’m in a better place just again really, really poor week on the greens. So that happens.”
Although the Northern Irish woman wasn’t in contention for a title, a place on the European tour for next season is still up for grabs for the top 70 finishers in the Race to Costa del Sol where Mehaffey currently sits 66th heading into the Big Egg Open.
The eventual winner of the Clare-based event, Smilla Tarning Soenderby, will also be taking part in the Big Egg Open. The Dane came through a playoff against Sweden’s Lisa Pettersson and the Netherlands’ Anne Van Dam.
Mehaffey will face up against a strong field, with the likes of defending champion and Solheim Cup assistant-playing captain, Anna Nordqvist, taking to the field in the Netherlands.
Alongside Nordqvist, there will be six tournament winners from this season taking to the field – Smilla Tarning Soenderby, Nuria Iturrioz, Lisa Pettersson, Patricia Isabel Schmidt, Lily May Humphreys and Diksha Dagar.
Olivia Mehaffey gets her opening round of the tournament underway tomorrow alongside Sanna Nuutinen and Florentyna Parker from the first tee (tee-off at 14:38.)
The first round of play tees off at 8:30 a.m. with the group of Romy Meekers, Lauren Taylor and Michele Thomson.