International Crown Countries - #1 South Korea

Inbee Park
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Inbee Park of South Korea hits out of a fairway bunker on the second hole during the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club on April 7, 2013 in Rancho Mirage, California.

With the International Crown less than a year away, the competition has begun to intensify as countries and players battle for the coveted goal of qualifying their country and being one of the four players to represent their countries flag.

The field of eight qualifying countries has officially been determined for the International Crown – the first-of-its-kind global team match play competition set for July 24-27, 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.  Countries were determined based on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.  The top four ranked players from each country combined for a “country score” which sets the field of eight countries for the biennial event that joins the LPGA schedule for the first time in 2014.

The eight qualifying countries were announced on-site Thursday at the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, So Yeon Ryu (Korea), Cristie Kerr (USA), Ai Miyazato (Japan), Azahara Munoz (Spain), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) took part in the press conference which sets the table for next year’s exciting new competition.

This week we highlight the country currently in first place.

South Korea – 20
Inbee Park (1)
Na Yeon Choi (4)
So Yeon Ryu (6)
I.K. Kim (9)

Over the course of the next four months, players who hail from the eight qualifying countries will continue to battle for positioning on their respective teams based on their position in the Rolex World Rankings.  Final country rosters from the pre-qualified countries – and their final team seeding for the event - will be announced on Monday, March 31st at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.  

Check out the full country standings here >> 

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