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Golf: Korea to host LPGA’s International Crown team event in 2018

Ryu So-yeon proudly represented Korea in the inaugural International Crown in July. Photo: AFP.

Ryu So-yeon proudly represented Korea in the inaugural International Crown in July. Photo: AFP.

October 20, 2014: UL (Underwriters Laboratories) will serve as the title sponsor for the UL International Crown in 2016 and also 2018, when the international event will be held in South Korea, the LPGA has announced.


The second edition of the biennial team match play event will again be held in the USA in 2016, with Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, playing host from July 18-24. The 2018 edition in Korea will mark the first time the biennial event is held outside the USA, with the location and dates to be announced at a later date.


Mike Whan, Commissioner of the LPGA, said: “The Republic of Korea has clearly demonstrated their support for the LPGA by hosting 18 different tournaments over the years with tremendous fan support. It made perfect sense that the first time we take the International Crown outside of the United States was to a country with so many dedicated fans and supporters of women’s golf.”


World No. 2 Park In-bee, the five-time major winner and former No. 1, competed for Korea in the inaugural edition in July and was proud that the third edition would be held in her home country.


“It was a great honour to represent Korea this year in Baltimore and our team received an overwhelming amount of support and attention back home during the event,” Park said. “I look forward to playing in front of our fans in 2018 and know our nation will help elevate the event on an international scale.”


Spain were crowned the event’s first champions as they topped seven other top golf nations at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland. The tight competition came down to the last day, with Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Belen Mozo and Carlota Ciganda sweeping their singles matches to win by four points over Sweden.


UL served as an Ambassador Sponsor for the inaugural International Crown and Whan was delighted that the company would title sponsor the coming two editions.


“We are thrilled to announce UL as the title sponsor for the 2016 and 2018 UL International Crown,” Whan said. “When we came up with the idea for the International Crown our goal was to launch a truly global event for women’s golf, which we did earlier this year at Caves Valley Golf Club. We were looking for a partner to help grow it globally and I can think of no better partner than UL, whose business aligns perfectly with the LPGA.”


Keith Williams, CEO of UL, said: “We at UL are very proud to extend our involvement with this one-of-a-kind international tournament in women’s golf. UL is a safety science company protecting people, products and places for more than a century. UL’s long-established history of championing innovation and the LPGA’s rooted history in advancing leadership and competition makes us unique partners of global excellence.”


In addition to UL becoming title sponsor of the event, Rolex and Calamos Investments have already been announced as Ambassador Partners.


Source: LPGA (; Editing by SportAsia

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