At the conclusion of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, CA, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced the final field of 32 players who will represent the eight pre-qualified countries in the inaugural International Crown event to be held July 24-27 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, MD. At the Kia Classic, the United States rallied to overtake South Korea on the final day of qualifying for the inaugural tournament. When the International Crown event was announced in late January, the U.S. team trailed South Korea in combined World Rolex Rankings 45-21.
The final country seeds and team rosters are as follows.
The eight qualified countries were seeded #1 through #8 and divided into two pools based on the cumulative team score of the four players’ Rolex World Ranking. Each country will play two, four-ball matches between each of the other three countries in their pool (Thursday – Saturday). The top two point-earning countries from each pool and one wild card country will advance to play in Sunday’s single matches. Two points will be awarded per match (two for a win and one for a halve). The total cumulative points from Thursday – Sunday will determine the champion.
When the first of its kind, global team match play event tees off at Caves Valley, the current world #1 ranked player, Inbee Park (South Korea) and four other former world #1 ranked players, according to the Rolex World Rankings, will highlight the field including Stacy Lewis (United States), Yani Tseng (Chinese Taipei), Ai Miyazato (Japan) and Cristie Kerr (United States). In addition to the top ranked players, the field also boasts eight major champions which represent 23 major championships led by World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb of Australia with seven major titles.
After the 2014 inaugural International Crown is contested at Caves Valley, the world’s best golfing countries will travel to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, in the summer of 2016.
Jerry Rich, President and Founder of Rich Harvest Farms believes, “This event is about getting the American spectators and youth to get to know the best players in the world. We did not want to host the event in 2014 because we are working to get as many juniors and ethnic communities out to the Crown as possible. That’s why this tournament was created, for everyone to see who the best country in the world is in Ladies Golf.”
Familiar with the tremendous amount of lead-time needed in planning a major golf event, Rich Harvest Farms is well on its way to energizing its local fan base and businesses about the International Crown through the planning of several watch parties in Sugar Grove, Aurora, Naperville and other local communities. The goal is to have as many people as possible tune into the 2014 International Crown to get excited for what is to come in 2016.
“Kane County Residents and I are extremely excited for the International Crown to come to Rich Harvest Farms,” said Chris Lauzen, Chairman of the Kane County Board. “This event will have significant impact on the surrounding hotels, restaurants and transportation services, as it will bring people from all over the Chicagoland area and the world to Sugar Grove and the surrounding communities.”
Because the Crown will feature 32 players from eight countries worldwide, outreach has also been focused on the various diverse bases in Chicago and the surrounding communities. As an event with a diverse roster, the Crown presents a unique opportunity for various community and country organizations, businesses, as well as Consulates to be involved, given their proximity to the global city of Chicago.
“It’s a very exciting prospect,” said Baushuan Ger, Director General for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago. “I’m looking forward to the International Crown and watching Taiwan’s great team compete with other top women golfers from all around the world.”
As the leader of Team Taiwan, Yani Tseng is the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships and was ranked number one in the Women’s Wold Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013. The International Crown celebrates the top women professionals like Tseng that are role models and national heroes in their homelands, giving fans the opportunity to show their country pride and support of their respective team.
The LPGA is certainly growing its tour worldwide and currently plays in 13 countries around the world and has players on tour representing 27 different nations. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Crown will be broadcasted around the globe to an anticipated 171 countries/territories. Country pride will be on full display at the International Crown, a celebration of golf as a true global game. Rich Harvest Farms looks forward to welcoming a diverse fan base to Sugar Grove and the Chicagoland area.
For more information about the International Crown, please visit www.lpgainternationalcrown.com. For those interested in getting involved in the 2016 International Crown at Rich Harvest Farms, please contact us at (630) 870-4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.