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Old 07-08-2005, 02:06 PM   #1
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A Presidents Cup for women

What do you think of the idea of establishing a US v Rest of the World event for women along the lines of the Presidents Cup? The rest of the world would have the South Korean, Australians and Japanese to draw on, and a scattering of players from other countries like Marisa Baena and Jennifer Rosales.
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Old 07-08-2005, 02:35 PM   #2
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That could be a good idea. I would like to see something in addition to only US vs Euro.
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Old 07-11-2005, 08:59 AM   #3
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Phillip: I wish we could look at archived posts from the old LPGA boards. This has been heavely discussed. "The First Ladies Cup". I think this could be a fabulous event. Look at what the Solheim Cup event has become. Obvious needs are sponsorship and organization. Which are you volunteering for?
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Old 07-11-2005, 09:30 PM   #4
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Carl I remember having a few discussions about this subject on the LPGA. I always thought it would be good to have the winning Solheim team play the rest of the world team. Some posters thought it would be all Korean players but there are lots of good players from around the world that would make up the team.
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Old 07-12-2005, 09:52 AM   #5
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Yes, there would certainly be some Koreans. But we can't discount the Aussie players. The winning Solheim team concept would be interesting. What happens on the PGA Tour with the Ryders and the President's?
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Old 07-14-2005, 06:16 AM   #6
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There will be a Presidents Cup of sorts this year in Singapore in December. The Event will be called the Lexus Cup and will be an asian team headed by Grace Park and an international team headed by Annika Sorenstam. It will be great viewing
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Old 07-14-2005, 09:27 AM   #7
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Johnboy - just read a very short bit in Golf Week about this tournament. Don't know anything more than what you just said. Who's sponsoring this event? Whoever it is must have put up serious money to get the names they have coming. Keep us posted - please. Often times these boards are a better source of information than the conventional media. For one thing, the boards provide a world wide arena of information. Not just one countries possibly slanted view. Again, welcome
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Old 07-15-2005, 04:59 AM   #8
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Tournament is sponsored by the car maker Lexus so i imagine that a couple of Japanese players will be in the asian team. Total prize money for the event is US$1.300.000. 12 players each side with winning team earning US$720.000 - losing team US$480.000. There will also be a MVP with player earning US$100.000 bonus. The event is organised by IMG so i guess this is where Annika & Grace fit in.
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Old 07-24-2005, 12:52 PM   #9
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just a couple of articles that i found on this upcoming event...

Singapore Business Times, July 9, 2005

Upcoming inaugural Lexus Cup signals that Asian women golfers are ready to take on the best in the world, reports JUSTINE MOSS

ASIAN women's golf was thrust firmly into the spotlight recently when it was announced that the inaugural Lexus Cup would be held from Dec 9 to 11 this year at the Tanah Merah Golf Club.

The President's Cup-style team event will pit a dozen international players, captained by world number one Annika Sorenstam, against 12 top players from Asia, led by Grace Park.

While the captains, sponsors Lexus and organisers International Management Group (IMG) are keeping mum about who the other participants will be, it has been revealed that a number of leading players from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Europe have confirmed their participation in the event.

Asian female golfers are something of a juggernaut on the various global professional tours, and their ability to compete with the world's best is one of the reasons behind the staging of this event. According to IMG's senior vice-president Robbie Henchman, Sorenstam's and Park's response to the competition was: 'It's about time.'

The emergence of Korean players, in particular, has been plain to see, and familiar names like Park and Pak Se Ri continue to show up regularly on Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour leaderboards. The Korean dominance was underlined when little-known compatriot Birdie Kim won the recent US Women's Open title with a miraculous bunker shot on the 72nd hole.

At the inaugural Samsung Ladies Masters held in Singapore in February, no fewer than 40 Korean players descended on Laguna's Masters course. Six of them were from the 2004 Korean LPGA Tour top 10 money list, including eventual winner and 2004 Korean and Rookie Player of the Year, Song Bo Bae.

When fellow player Kang Soo Yun was asked at the Samsung Masters why Korean women golfers are playing so well and in such large numbers, she said: 'We work hard and we want to win.'

In nearby Japan, more and more female golfers are taking up the sport, no doubt inspired by the performances of the country's latest sporting superstars, Sakura Yokomine and Ai Miyazato. At the age of 19, they have proven that they can compete with the physically stronger Americans and Europeans.

Yokomine, who is so well-known in Japan that she's simply referred to as Sakura, won the JLPGA Laife Card Ladies Golf Tournament at the Kumamato Airport Country Club in April, and in January this year teed off against a field of men at the Hawaiian Pearl Open, where she tied for 17th place with a three-round total of six-under par 208.

Miyazato - who competes with Tiger Woods and David Beckham in Japan's popularity stakes and whose high profile and performances have helped the JLPGA TV ratings overtake those of the Japan men's tour - came to prominence when she won the Miyagi Cup in 2003. She won five more times in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour of Japan in 2004, and earned 115 million yen (S$1.7 million).

At the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia's Gold Coast earlier this year, she voiced a desire to dethrone Sorenstam as the undisputed queen of women's golf.

The more dominant Asian players may be concentrated in North Asia, but there are also the likes of Jennifer Rosales (Philippines) and Lim Siew-Ai (Malaysia), both regulars on the LPGA.

The former, a possible inclusion in the Lexus Cup Asian team, broke through last year to become the first player from the Philippines to win on the LPGA Tour at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, with a 65 in the final round. She also had a fourth-place finish at the US Women's Open.

Singapore, meanwhile, hasn't been left out. The nurturing and development of younger female players by the Singapore Ladies Golf Association (SLGA) has helped to promote local interest in the game.

Janice Khoo, in charge of the elite training and development programme at the SLGA, believes that the opportunities are getting better. According to her, the availability of pros has improved the quality of local and foreign talent.

'There are more driving ranges, and the availability of equipment with technological advancements has made the game easier with improved equipment giving longer drives and easier handling,' she says. 'The result is improved play and scores.'

Dr Khoo also attributes the increasing interest in golf to the fact that there are so many more junior programmes and competitions being held in Singapore and the rest of the world. 'The scene has become so exciting for a young, competitive amateur golfer.'

Golf programmes are also available to both secondary and primary schoolchildren in Singapore, and when the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced in January 2002 that golf was officially recognised as a co-curricular activity (CCA), there was a marked increase in interest. According to the MOE, there were 39 secondary schools participating in the CCA golf programme last year, up from 36 in 2003.

Dr Khoo believes this initiative has helped greatly. 'This has definitely given schoolgirls a chance to take up the sport as their first choice CCA and devote more time to training. They're improving very quickly as a result.'

There are other avenues available for young Singaporean females to pick up the game. Laguna's youth golf programme at their Next Academy currently has a crop of 450 youngsters playing regularly, and according to Dr Khoo, the number of girls has increased in this programme, which has been endorsed by the MOE.

'Also, in our recent SLGA Talent ID programme, we have seen a rise in the number of applicants and these girls are getting younger with each intake,' says Dr Khoo.

There are no Singaporean women currently playing on the professional tours, so we won't have anyone in Park's Asian Team in the Lexus Cup this December. Still, it may not be long before our first female touring professional becomes a reality.

Oon Jin Teik, CEO of the Singapore Sports Council, which is supporting the Lexus Cup, says: 'Golf is a sport where Asians have an opportunity to excel. We believe that Singapore women can shine and win at the world level.'
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Old 07-24-2005, 12:54 PM   #10
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and this article from the new paper(singapore)

Sorenstam, Park are captains
... but Michelle Wie is not on player list
ANNIKA Sorenstam, Grace Park and a Korean invasion that may include the new big name on the women's golf scene, Birdie Kim, will light up the women's golf scene in Singapore in December.
By Lim Han Ming

30 June 2005
ANNIKA Sorenstam, Grace Park and a Korean invasion that may include the new big name on the women's golf scene, Birdie Kim, will light up the women's golf scene in Singapore in December.

And regular Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) duo Candie Kung of Taiwan and Virada Nirapathpongporn of Thailand could also add lustre to the Asia versus the Rest of the World women's golf match-up at Tanah Merah Country Club's (TMCC) Tampines course.

But teen sensation Michelle Wie is not on the list of players.

Michelle's amateur status makes her ineligible for the Lexus Cup, which is only open to professional golfers.

But if Michelle, 15, turns professional in the next few months, she could be a key player in the inaugural Lexus Cup.

Yesterday, The New Paper broke the news about Sorenstam and Park featuring in the event pitting the top 12 players in Asia against the top 12 international players.

Hours later, it was confirmed at a press conference at TMCC that the two star players would captain the teams for the three-day tournament from 9 to 11 Dec.

Sorenstam has been named captain for the international team while Park, who finished second behind the Swede on the Ladies' Professional Golf Association money list last year, will lead the Asian challenge.

Said Park: 'I am honoured and excited to be selected as captain. I hope that with my experience and knowledge, I can lead the team to victory.'

The Lexus Cup is modelled after the President's Cup, where the top male players from the United States take on a team comprising the world's best non-European players.

The format of play for the Lexus Cup will be six four-ball matches on the opening day, followed by six foursomes on 10 Dec and 12 singles matches on the final day.

Said Robbie Henchman, senior vice-president of event organisers IMG: 'Over the last three years, women's golf has grown from strength to strength, especially the emergence of Asian golfers in the LPGA.

'So it will be interesting to have a team event between Asia and the rest of the world.'

Unlike other team events, where no prize money is given out, the Lexus Cup is offering a purse of US$720,000 ($1.2 million).

The winning team will receive US$480,000, which works out to US$40,000 for each player, while the losing team will pocket US$240,000.

Besides the two playing captains, no other names were announced at the press conference.

Henchman said that the players' line-up will be unveiled in due course, adding: 'The qualification criteria for the Lexus Cup are being drawn up.'

However, the organisers gave a big hint when they said in the press release that 'leading players from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, US and Europe have confirmed that they will be playing'.

The Asian team are likely to have a strong Korean presence, as a large number of them ply their trade in the LPGA. Among them are Pak Se Ri, Gloria Park, Kim Mi Hyun and Kang Soo Yun.

And don't be surprised if Birdie Kim, who stunned the big names to win the US Women's Open title last week, make the Asian team.

Henchman said: 'There will be no cap on the number of players from one country, and we will make sure that there is a good spectrum of players from different countries.'
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