Scottish Women's Amateur Tour has been launched by PGA Professional Alan Tait. Here are all the details...
The Scottish Women's Amateur Tour will feature nine 36-hole events from April to September, open to women and girls with a handicap of nine or better, with scratch and nett categories.
The top six players from the scratch and nett order of merits will compete in a sponsored grand final at Cabot Highlands - Castle Stuart on September 22.
2024 Scottish Women's Amateur Tour schedule
17/18 April - Royal Dornoch Championship Course and The Struie
1/2 May - Scotscraig Golf Club
19/20 May - Dalmahoy Championship East Course and Resort West
16/17 June - Monifieth Medal Course and Ashludie
6/7 July - Murrayshall Championship Course
22/23 July - West Kilbride Golf Club
11/12 August - Montrose Links
1/2 September - Fairmont St Andrews - Torrance Course and Kittocks
15/16 September - Strathmore Golf Club
Entry fees to all events is £65 per tournament with a yearly membership fee of £85. Registration opens on 1 March and is limited to 130 golfers on a first come first served basis.
The new amateur has been well received, with former Women's Amateur Champion Louise Duncan commenting:
"What a fantastic tour for our amateur women and girls in Scotland. This is a game changer for the women's game in the Home of Golf. Exciting times."
Increasing playing opportunities for women and girls
Organiser Alan Tait explains why he was so keen to get the Scottish Women's Amateur Tour up and running:
I wasn't really aware our leading girls and women in Scotland had so few playing opportunities for tournament golf. Knowing I already organise and run successful amateur tours, quite a lot of women approached me in the last couple of years. The chat has more or less been, "Taity, can you not do something for us as well!!"
With that, I ended up looking into it more and realised there could be so much more done to help our amateur women golfers. So all these months later, here we are on the eve of a brand new tour with two order of merits (scratch and nett categories) running throughout the season.
I'm genuinely excited about the new tour and hope it goes a long way to help the women's game. I'd love nothing more if one of the players go on to represent Scotland or even make their way into the Curtis Cup, through their performances on the new tour.
I'm also really proud of the venues that I have organised to host. They were all amazing and hugely supportive when I approached them. All agreed it was needed and all jumped at the chance to get on board.
The players are spoiled for choice and to have two courses in the world's top 100 (Royal Dornoch and Cabot Highlands Castle Stuart), on the schedule is just absolutely fantastic. I can't thank all the venues enough for their support.
Although the tour will be based in Scotland, it's open to everyone and already I've had enquiries from England, Ireland and even Sweden! So the interest is definitely there.
I'm not sure there's going to be enough hours in the day for me this year with everything else I've got on, but I'll make it work! I enjoy doing my bit to help our game and promote golf in Scotland as much as I can. It's all hard work and a big commitment but gives me huge pleasure to give something back to golf, and to the best country in the world!
Registration opens on March 1st
For anyone interested in entering any of the Scottish Women's Amateur Tour events, please register your interest here.