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Chart Hills signs five year deal with LET

Chart Hills Golf Club in Kent will play host to the cream of Europe's women professional golfers for the remainder of the decade as the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) confirmed today they have signed the event for the next five years.

The LET and the Leaderboard-owned course have agreed a deal to host the Ladies English Open until 20 09 . Not only will the wonderful course host the tournament but the Leaderboard group will also act as the event promoter.

It follows on from the success of last summer's Ladies' English Open at Chart Hills, won in record setting fashion by Swede Maria Hjorth. The event was hailed a triumph by the LET and buoyed by the presence of English legend Laura Davies and local hero Karen Stupples, who would go on to win the Weetabix Women's British Open to become only the third Englishwoman to win a major championship.

Stupples was even on hand to witness the signing of the deal at the Kent course on Sunday.

David Walls, general manager at Chart Hills said he was delighted to have concluded the deal, and in such illustrious company.

"The Ladies European Tour was delighted with how last year's Ladies' English Open went and we are very pleased to be in a position where we can bring future prestigious events to Kent," said Walls.

"This is not only great news for us here at Chart Hills, it is great news for the wider business community in Kent. For the next five years one of the most prestigious events on the golfing calendar will be hosted here and broadcast to a global audience.

"We are very much looking forward to it and to making what is already a great event even better. I hope tournament players like Open champion Karen Stupples will enjoy competing here, and I particularly wish Karen well in the event as a local girl."

Earlier this week, the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) announced that the 2005 tournament schedule will be the strongest in its 25-year-history with a total prize fund approaching €9m in a calendar featuring 20 events.

The conclusion of the deal for Chart Hills to host the Ladies English Open is a great boost for the tour.

Karen Lunn, Chairman of the Ladies European Tour said:

"This is fantastic news for the Tour and women's golf in England. With the very best players heading to Chart Hills next summer, the galleries are sure to be in for a treat at one of the nations finest golf courses.

"With a 2005 schedule looking so healthy, having this popular event on our schedule for the next five years highlights the growth and prosperity of women's golf and I'm sure with the backing of Leaderboard this event will grow into one of our flagship tournaments in the years to come."


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