Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and Nigeria’s Georgia Oboh are the
beneficiaries of the final two invitations for the Aberdeen Standard
Investments Ladies Scottish Open taking place next month, Aug 13 – 16 at The
Renaissance Club in North Berwick, as professional women’s golf returns to
Scotland for the first time since Europe’s remarkable triumph in the 2019
Solheim Cup last September.
Dryburgh is Scotland’s highest ranked player at No.227 on
the Rolex Rankings and, with two back to back wins on the recent Rose Ladies
Series, she is undoubtably proven herself to be Britain’s most in-form player.
Clearly thrilled to be given the opportunity to play in her home Open, Dryburgh
commented: “Huge thanks to Aberdeen Standard Investments and VisitScotland for
giving me this opportunity. I would have hated not being able to play in what
is one of my favourite events of the year, especially when I have been playing
so well lately. I know that Aberdeen Standard Investments, Visit Scotland and
IMG have had to work really hard to put all the health and safety protocols in
place to ensure the tournament can go ahead and we are all very grateful and
excited to get back to The Renaissance Club.”
Georgia Oboh, the first Nigerian golfer to win her card on
the LET, was selected for a coveted tournament invite by title sponsor,
Aberdeen Standard Investments. Both for the accolades she has received in her
short professional career but also to provide inspiration and opportunities for
the next generation of talented women to participate in events of this stature.
Oboh commented: “I’m really grateful to receive this
invitation into such an important event on the LET and LPGA Tours. I have been
working very hard to be ready to play amongst so many of the world’s best
players and I think it will give me invaluable experience as I work towards
achieving my dream of being the first Nigerian to win on the professional golf
Jill Maxwell, Head of Brand Activation at Aberdeen Standard
Investments said: “We are thrilled to welcome both Gemma and Georgia into the
Ladies Scottish Open field. Gemma has been in great form of late and inviting
Georgia as one of the highest ranked African golfers helps to provide an
opportunity for the development of talent. As a global sponsor, we want to use
our platform to ensure that golf, as a sport, is increasingly accessible to
everyone. Both Gemma and Georgia are great role models, paving the way for
others from all backgrounds to achieve their dreams too.”
Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland, added: “The
player field for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open is
extremely exciting with a good array of Scottish talent competing alongside a
very strong international contingent. Both Gemma and Georgia are great
additions to the field and we look forward to welcoming them to East Lothian.
We’re pleased to be able to support the return of top-class women’s golf as
part of our long-term commitment to equality across both sport and society and
building on our successful hosting of The Solheim Cup last year.”
The field for the 2020 event is even stronger than last year
with three of the world’s top ten ranked players on the Rolex Women’s World
Golf Rankings in the field – Japan’s Nasa Hataoka,(No.4) America’s Danielle
Kang (No.5) and Australia’s Minjee Lee. (No.8) There are 22 players ranked
within the World’s Top 50, seven of the top 10 players currently leading the
LPGA Race to CME and all of the top 20 on the final 2019 LET Order of Merit.
The other two tournament invitations were awarded last week
to Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, the AIG Women’s Open’s defending Champion and
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, a two-time winner of the Aberdeen Standard
Investments Ladies Scottish Open in 2011 and 2013 and a Women’s British Open
winner in 2009.
This year’s tournament is going ahead as a made for TV event
following close consultation and collaboration with the Scottish Government,
Aberdeen Standard Investments, VisitScotland, the LPGA and the LET, fully adhering
to internationally recognised COVID-19 protocol.
decision to move forward with the 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies
Scottish Open was taken only once organisers and stakeholders could ensure
delivery of an event with all relevant safeguarding and protocols in place. The
tournament has a robust operational plan, which has been established with
medical and health and safety specialists to make sure that all appropriate
measures are in place that meet the high standards required by the Scottish
Government as well as adhering to all WHO guidelines.
Fans will be able to watch the Aberdeen Standard Investments
Ladies Scottish Open on Sky Sports and the Golf Channel, with enhanced content
on its digital channels, www.ladiesscottishopen.com,
@LadiesScottish #ASILSO #RuleTheLinks.