ISPS Handa European Masters invites for English players

Kym Larratt

Two leading players on the LET Access Series will tee off at the high-profile ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire from 3-6 July – thanks to England Golf.

Leicestershire’s Kym Larratt, who is returning to form after a shoulder injury, and Devon’s Emma Tayler, who is playing her first season as a professional, have both had invitations passed to them by England Golf as part of a strategy to support former amateurs.

They are the leading English players on the Access Series order of merit, with Emma currently in 10th place and Kym in 14th.

The ISPA Ladies European Masters is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the Ladies European Tour schedule and Kym (pictured top, image LET) remarked: “It’s absolutely fantastic of England Golf to help support us pros, it really means a lot.

“The Buckinghamshire is such a great course and this is such a big event that any girl, especially the Brits, would love to play in it. To get the opportunity when you are not on the main tour is wonderful.”

The 26-year-old from Leicestershire is also playing in the LET Ladies Italian Open, which starts today, and is hoping the two events will help to springboard her return to the main tour.

Kym turned pro in 2010 and, after a good start on the LET, suffered a shoulder injury and lost her card after three seasons. She has played instead on the Access Series and, after a good winter off when she worked hard on her game, says: “I’ve got my confidence back, I’m playing better golf and I’m enjoying it again.”

Emma Tayler, 27, is playing her first professional season and loving the life: “It’s the best thing I have ever done – and it’s done wonders for my golf! I have time to practice and I’m becoming more of a complete golfer.”

So far she’s made every cut on the LET Access Series and she’s had top 10 finishes in her last two events. The ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters will be the biggest tournament she’s ever played in and she’s excited about the challenge.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to play with some of the best players from Europe and around the world. I’ll be able to put myself against them and see how I fare. I’m really looking forward to it.”

For more information about the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters click here. As well as featuring many of the world’s top women professionals, the event includes  fun entertainment for all the family in a festival-like atmosphere. Visitor activities include free golf lessons – and a visit by Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke for a Q&A session on Thursday, 3 July.