Elaine Moffat will be bidding to claim the silverware for a third time in a row when she tees up in the Scottish Senior Women’s Open at Aberdour on 22-25 June.
Moffat, from the St Regulus Ladies club in St Andrews, won the match play title at Prestwick St Nicholas in 2018 and then completed the double by claiming both the stroke play and match play trophies at Edzell the last time the championship was staged back in 2019.
The senior international will start as the firm favourite but will face strong competition from a field that also includes 2016 champion Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) and Alison Davidson (nee Rose) from Stirling who was the last Scot to win the Women’s Amateur Championship (1997) before Louise Duncan’s triumph at Kilmarnock (Barassie) last weekend. Davidson is the low handicapper in the field with a playing handicap of plus three.
Aberdour is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and its stunning parkland will provide an excellent test of golf for the field. The course measures 5,447-yards (Par 69) from the white tees and is unusual in that it starts with two par threes. The first and several other holes enjoy a panoramic view towards the Firth of Forth while the second is played along the edge of the shore.
Douglas Trotter, Club Captain at Aberdour, confirmed the Club is delighted to be hosting the Scottish Senior Women’s Open Championship.
“Aberdour has worked very hard over the last three years to build a strong ladies’ section and we are very excited to be hosting this ladies’ event in our 125th year.
“It is a great honour to be chosen as a national venue and we look forward to seeing some fantastic golf over the week and welcoming the Senior Ladies to our Club.”
Tournament Director Toni Ffinch knows it well having been an assistant professional at the club for six years.
“The competitors are in for a treat,” she confirmed. “It’s a lovely course and club officials go out of their way to extend a warm welcome to all visitors.
“I’m really looking forward to going back for the championship.”
The Scottish Senior Women’s Open starts with a 36-hole stroke play qualifying competition with the top 16 scratch qualifiers progressing to the match play stage. There is also a separate match play competition for the next 16 net qualifiers.