ORGANISERS of the country’s biggest women’s golf tournament hope it will break attendance records when it comes to Merseyside next month.
They believe more than 75,000 spectators could come to the 2012 Women’s British Open at Hoylake, beating the previous best at Royal Lytham in 2009 – if the weather is good.
Among those due to play at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club will be the 2009 champion Catriona Mathew, who will lead the home challenge fresh from victory at the 2012 Irish Women’s Open.
Other British hopefuls include Carly Booth, Melissa Reid and another former British Women’s Open champion, Laura Davies.
Tournament director Ross Hallett said the attendances at the event would be “very weather dependent”.
He said: “We would love to get a similar number to Royal Lytham and a lot of people here think we might be able to get in excess of that, which would be fantastic – but we are weather dependent.
“But if we get a good leaderboard over the weekend, with well-known players and a good British and American showing, we could do well.”
The tournament runs from September 13-16, with practice days earlier in the week.