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Golf - 24. February 2012.

Access Series set for Norway

The LET Access Series will break new ground when the inaugural Ladies Norwegian Challenge takes place at Losby Golf and Country Club near Oslo from July 4-6.

The stunning venue, situated just 20km east of the city centre, hosted the SAS Masters on the Ladies European Tour in 2007, won by Suzann Pettersen.

The tournament is expected to attract a strong field of entries, headed by the likes of home challenger Marianne Skarpnord, with a prize fund of €25,000 on offer to the 126 competitors.

The magnificent 18-hole championship golf course at Losby features large greens and a variety of water hazards, with several holes set amongst coniferous woodland terrain.

The Ladies Norwegian Challenge will be the sixth Access Series event on the 2012 schedule, taking place in a prime summer slot after the GolfStream Ladies Open in Ukraine and before the Women’s Bank Open in Finland.

Diane Barnard, Tour Director, LET Access Series, said: “We are delighted to be staging the first LET Access Series event in Norway, this time at a golf course which some of the players will know well.

“Losby has proved a fantastic venue for golf and is sure to impress the players. The location is stunning and the course is sure to provide a stern test. We are all looking forward to a successful collaboration with the Norwegian Golf Federation.

“The achievements of World No.2 Suzann Pettersen and Marianne Skarpnord will have no doubt inspired a new generation of players in Norway and we look forward to discovering new talent at the Ladies Norwegian Challenge this year.”

Frode Scheie, the Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) sports director, commented: “For Norwegian players at the outset of their professional careers, the LET Access Tour is the most important tournament series”, also pointing out the importance of climbing the world rankings when aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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