STRI agronomists, Alistair Beggs, Adam Newton and Stella Rixon, formed the team responsible for helping Royal Lytham Links Manager, Paul Smith, and The R&A, deliver a thrilling Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Alistair takes a look back at this year’s championship, which was hosted on the Lancashire coast for the fourth time since the turn of the century.
The weather in the build-up to the championship had been exceptional, with very little rain in the May-late July period, and extreme temperatures in excess of 30 degrees persisting for much of June.
Despite this, Paul Smith and his team of greenkeepers, provided a world class stage for the best female golfers in the world to showcase their talents.
The STRI team arrived on Sunday 29 July and remained on site until Sunday 5 August, the final day of the championship.
Greens testing began immediately, and data was provided to the greenkeeping team and the R&A, in advance of each morning preparation session.
Early mornings and late nights are the order of the day, but the rewards are worthwhile, particularly when competitors and organisers alike are full of praise for the work done.
This was the case, and the week ended with an exciting climax and a fitting champion in Georgia Hall, set to inspire the next generation of female golfers in the UK.
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