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Article published 22/07/2022

VisitScotland has awarded one of its two sponsor invitations for the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open to Scotland’s Louise Duncan, who will use the tournament at Dundonald Links from 28 to 31 July to make her professional debut after a stellar amateur career.

Duncan, a Stirling University graduate and who grew up just 15 miles away from this year’s championship venue, transitions into professional golf after a stellar amateur career winning the 2021 Women’s Amateur Championship, the R&A Student Tour series in Portugal, and the Smyth Salvar award last year after finishing in tied 10th place at the Women’s Open in Carnoustie.

The invitations come as part of VisitScotland’s long standing commitment to women’s golf and the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open with the second invitation going to Aberdeen native Hannah McCook after she had to defer an invite for the 2020 tournament when she was unable to participate due to hip surgery.

Duncan and McCook will be joining their fellow Scots, Gemma Dryburgh, Michele Thomson, Kelsey MacDonald, and Kylie Henry in the 144-player field competing for $2 million, which includes eight out of the world top ten, 21 Major Champions and 27 Solheim Cup stars.

“I am honoured to have been chosen as one of VisitScotland’s Invitations for this year’s Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. I have been thinking about making the transition into professional for quite some time now and it just feels so right to be making my professional debut at my home open and also at a club which is just down the road from where I grew up learning to playing golf. I am so grateful to VisitScotland for all their support during my amateur career and for helping me get to where I am today. I am so excited to make my first professional appearance in such a strong competitive field and at an amazing venue like Dundonald Links”.

Louise Duncan

VisitScotland is a strong supporter of the women’s game in Scotland, and we are delighted to be able to provide the platform for Louise to make her professional debut at this year’s Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald.

We’re also pleased to be able to honour Hannah’s invite from the 2020 tournament in such a strong field that will see eight of the world’s top ten players teeing up.

Scotland has a stellar summer of golf events this year, with two huge weeks of golf in the men’s game having already taken place, and we can look forward to just as momentous a fortnight in the women’s game. VisitScotland remains fully committed to developing the women’s game in Scotland by continuing to grow our national Women’s Open, particularly as there is such a strong contingent of Scottish female professionals coming into the game.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events

These latest invitations follow those given to three young Scottish golfers – 18-year-old Cormac Sharp, 17-year-old Andrew Hendry and 16-year-old Dylan Cairns – to play in the Pro-Am at the Genesis Scottish Open where they got to play the front nine with 2014 FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel and the back nine with Scottish DP World Tour Winner Grant Forrest.

Scottish Golfers with Grant Forrest and Billy Horschel at Genesis Scottish Open Pro-Am
Scottish Golfers with Grant Forrest and Billy Horschel at Genesis Scottish Open Pro-Am
Image credit Scottish Golf

The same opportunity will be given to three more players at the Pro-Am at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open next week.

Find out more about the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.

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