26th March, 2014 – The China Golf Association, LPGA and IMG today announced the Blue Bay LPGA as the newest addition to both the LPGA Tour and the CLPGA Tour. The tournament will be played 20-26th October, 2014 at the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course on Hainan Island, China.
The stop will add beautiful Hainan Island to the LPGA Asian Swing after an official blessing from the China Golf Association and the full support of the rapidly expanding China LPGA Tour.
“We are glad to announce another world class ladies professional event, the Blue Bay LPGA, which will be held in China after the tireless efforts of all parties,” said Zhang Xiao Ning, Chairman of China Golf Association. “We believe it will be a great platform for Chinese ladies golfers to compete with the best players in the world, improving their game, and providing excellent preparation and experience for the Olympic Games in 2016. We are looking forward to their participation in October.”
Michael Whan, the Commissioner of the LPGA said “While it’s been known that we’re adding another Asian stop for quite some time, I’m thrilled to make it official and excited to announce this second trip to China during our fall swing. Interest in the LPGA has never been higher in the Asian markets and our players have enjoyed the huge following they receive. With the sport showing big growth in China, we’re looking forward to giving our players the opportunity to experience the beauty and fantastic golf of Hainan Island ”
Mr Gao Dexue, a golf fanatic said “On behalf of Blue Bay and Hainan Island, we welcome everyone to Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club in October, where you will be able to experience our unique fresh air, beautiful flowers, wonderful coconut palms, delicious food and of course the blue sea”.
IMG Golf will operate the event, which is co-sanctioned with the China Golf Association and will show case 15 of the CLPGA Tour’s up and coming players in the overall 81player field. The tournament will be the second in the latest partnership between the CGA, LPGA and IMG following the successful inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic, held in Beijing last year.
“China has become one of the most important markets in golf and we are delighted to bring the LPGA Tour to Hainan Island for a second China stop,” said Guy Kinnings, Global Head of Golf, IMG. “The success of Shanshan Feng and Xiyu Lin has served as a catalyst for women’s golf in the region and we are thrilled to be a part of the game’s growth in China and across Asia. We look forward to a successful inaugural event and continued partnership with the LPGA, the CGA and the CLPGA.”
The Blue Bay LPGA will feature 72 holes of competition and a US$2million prize purse. There is no cut.
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