Counting Down LPGA Tour's 13 top stories in 2013: No. 13

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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.

LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2013 with the LPGA Tour's 13  top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones.

Story No. 13.

LPGA Momentum grows

Just a few weeks into the 2013 calendar year, the LPGA caught the attention of the golf world with the announcement of a first-of-its-kind, biennial, global match-play event called the International Crown. In a press conference at the annual PGA Show in Orlando, the LPGA unveiled plans for the inaugural country vs. country event, which is set to take place July 24-27 at Caves Valley outside Baltimore. Eight countries, made up of four-player teams, will compete to see who is “crowned” the world’s best golfing country.

That announcement was just the start of what would be a memorable year of growth for the LPGA in 2013. TV hours were the highest in Tour history and social media numbers were on the rise. The LPGA’s Facebook follower were up 164 percent over the past year while Twitter followers were up 76 percent during that time.

The excitement culminated at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders with the announcement of an expanded 2014 schedule, which features a total of 32 official tournaments – up four events from this past season. The prize money for 2014 will also rise from $48.8 million to $56.3 million and televised events will increase from 27 to 32.
There is certainly a lot to be excited about at the LPGA as 2013 comes to a close.

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