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Ladies European Tour swings into Kingdom

Opportunity is knocking for young female golfers from Asia and the Southeast Asia region to step onto the big stage with the launching by the Ladies European Tour of a new qualifying event at the Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap from October 19 to 22.

The Cambodian leg is one of the four pre-qualifying tournaments for the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School, culminating with the final stage in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 17-21.

Commenting on the new three-year agreement, LET chief executive Ivan Khodabakhsh said: “Lalla Aicha Tour School is part of the LET’s strategy to create a clear development pathway from the amateur to the professional game and we are delighted to partner with Angkor Golf Resort to extend the brand into a new region and provide aspiring talent in Asia easy access to a fantastic venue.”

Aspiring Ladies European Tour professionals will compete over four rounds on the award-winning par 72, 7,279 yard championship golf course designed by European golf legend Sir Nick Faldo at Angkor Golf Resort, which is close to Siem Reap International Airport and 10 minutes from the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

Cambodia has a budding golf tourism market and this event will showcase the world class facilities of Angkor Golf Resort, which has received a huge raft of accolades since opening in 2008.

The resort hosted the Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic on the men’s Asian Tour in 2012 and received the IAGTO Excellence award in 2015.

It has also been the home of the Faldo Series Asia event for the past five years.

The club’s PGA head professional Alan Martin (pictured, supplied) commented: “We are delighted to bring professional golf back to Cambodia.

“This event has great potential to help showcase the golf that is on offer in a fast growing golf destination.

“The Q-School will help us with our commitment, through the AGR Academy, to grow the game of golf.

“It is an exciting new partnership with the LET, and hopefully in the near future we can bring a main Tour event to Cambodia.”

The Ladies European Tour is expanding its global brand presence following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with international qualifying tournaments being held in Africa, Asia and South America.

The final qualifier to determine membership for the LET in 2017 will be played on the Amelkis and Samanah courses in Marrakech, Morocco, from December 17 to 21.

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