SOME of the world's most talented female golfers will tee up at the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club today.

A field of more than 100 players from 17 different countries will take part in the penultimate tournament of the Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS) season.

The 54-hole event is the only LETAS event to be staged in the UK this year and includes 15 WPGA members.

It is made up of winners from the WPGA’s One Day Series and the remaining places secured via a qualifying Order of Merit over the same period.

Fifteen spots are also allocated to the leading English amateurs decided by England Golf.

It is the sixth consecutive time that the venue has hosted the LETAS event, which runs until Saturday.

The par-72 Gainsborough course will host a strong field chasing a €35,000 prize fund and also the goal of gaining an exemption on to next season's Ladies European Tour.

Play gets underway this morning at 8am and will continue until around 7pm both today and tomorrow and then after the cut on Friday night.

The final day’s play on Saturday will be from 9am until around 4pm - with free admission to the public every day.

Meals and refreshments will be available for purchase from the hotel and clubhouse throughout the days and evenings.

The family-owned Stoke by Nayland GC has always welcomed women and girls into the game since it opened 45 years ago.

They now boast a thriving ladies’ section which regularly achieves impressive results in local, regional and national championships.

Free entry to watch the LETAS event helps to encourage and inspire more women and girls to take up the game.

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