As of 16th September, 7 of the top 10 players (according to LPGA money list published on 16th September) who will be battling it out are Inbee Park (1), Stacy Lewis (2), So Yeon Ryu (3), I.K. Kim (4), Beatriz Recari (6), Na Yeon Choi（7）and Hee Young Park (10). All seven have confirmed their participation to compete for the US $1.8 million prize money.
On top of this already stellar field, other top players such as Lizette Salas（11), Karrie Webb (13），Karine Icher (14）,Cristie Kerr (15）, Shanshan Feng（17）, Jessica Korda (18) and Caroline Hedwall (20）round up the line-up of internationally recognized women golfers who will be taking part in the 2013 Reignwood LPGA tournament.
Other well-known female golfing personalities will also be taking part, such as the beautiful golfing ingénue Michelle Wie, World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Pak Se Ri and Caroline Hedwall, the first player in Solheim Cup history to win five matches in a single competition, leading Team Europe to a victory over the Americans.
“This is the inaugural edition of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. To be able to attract so many world-class golfers and win their endorsement for the tournament is a great honor”. The General Manager of Reignwood Golf Club, Mr Gang Zheng, went on to say, “Reignwood Pine Valley golf club has made all necessary preparations for this momentous occasion. We are confident that this tournament will bring to golfing fans and aficionados in Beijing an entirely new and different experience from what they’ve seen in China so far. More importantly, we hope to inspire local female golfers to draw motivation from this and pitch themselves against the world’s best in preparation for the 2016 Brazil Olympics.”
Attracted by the 2013 Reignwood LPGA Classic, many top players in the female golfing world will make their maiden appearance in a Chinese tournament. Amongst them is the current British Open champion Stacy Lewis. In August on Scotland’s iconic St Andrews course, this feisty American who had a protracted battle with scoliosis came from behind to win the second Major of her career. More impressively, her win prevented Inbee Park from creating history by becoming the only player to win 4 major Open consecutively in one season.
At 28, Stacy Lewis has already won eight LPGA tournaments, winning three of them this year alone. Because of this Lewis was placed first in the women’s rankings for four weeks this year. “I’m very happy to be able to compete in China for my first time. I’ve heard a lot about China and Beijing, I’m excited to experience the country for myself.” She went on to say, “I hope to play at my best in front of the Chinese fans and win the very first champion’s trophy.”
Many people are expecting the battle between Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park to be the main storyline for this tournament. Whether the fiery and passionate Stacy Lewis can thwart game’s “ice maiden” and “poker face” Inbee Park yet again, or if Park can exact revenge for her loss at St Andrews earlier – how this plays out is anyone’s guess and will make for a dramatic sporting moment. What will make this even more interesting is that both players play very well against the wind. On the windy Reignwood Pine Valley course, both players will be able to put on a full display of skill and verve.
Besides this, famous golfer and well-known sporting personality Michelle Wie will also make her maiden appearance on a golf course in China. At the tender age of ten she made her debut on the USGA Amateur Championship. In 2004, at just fourteen years of age, she was invited to take part in the Sony Open. She became a household name overnight, not only being the fourth female in history to take part in a men’s open competition, but also the youngest ever. Her second round score of 68 was the lowest ever by a woman in a PGA tournament. Ever since, she’s been one of the most closely watched female golfers.
Other golfing stars and personalities like South Korean player Choi Na Yeon, “South Korea’s first golfing beauty” Park Hee Young, Australia’s best female golfer Karrie Webb, American Cristie Kerr as well as the highest achieving Chinese player, Yani Tseng, who will undoubtedly have many fans supporting her cause.
Currently, twelve Chinese Open Players have already been confirmed, the other three Chinese Open Players and four sponsor chosen players will soon be announced for the Reignwood LPGA Classic. What we can be sure is that this field of 81 world class players will bring to Chinese golfing fans an unforgettable golfing spectacle worth waiting for.