Two Events Remain to Lock Their Spots for the International Crown

With only two events left, players are looking to lock in their spots and represent their countries in the inaugural International Crown. Scheduled to take place July 24-27 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., the International Crown is a first-of-its-kind, biennial, global match play competition featuring teams from eight countries battling for the right to be “Crowned” the world’s best golf nation. Each of the countries will be represented by four players based on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings announced on Monday March 31st at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

South Korea and the United States remain firmly entrenched in the top-2 positions with Japan trailing both by 94 points. Thailand looks close to locking up the fourth seed with 239 points while Spain, Sweden, Chinese Taipei and Australia are all battling it out for seeding.  

Several notable players, including Ha Na Jang (South Korea), Angela Stanford (USA), Mamiko Higa (Japan), Thidapa Suwannapura (Thailand) and Lindsey Wright (Australia), sit narrowly outside of the cutline for their respective countries. Three of those players (Stanford, Suwannapura and Wright), as well as numerous others, can make a push for a roster spot with strong showings at the JTBC Founders Cup and the Kia Classic.

The International Crown will feature three days of team four-ball matches and Sunday singles. The eight countries will be divided into two pools and each country will play two four-ball matches versus each of the other three countries in their pool. The top two point earning teams from each pool and one wild-card team will advance to Sunday singles play based on total earned points in pool play. Each match will be worth two points, with two points for a win and one for a draw. 

All points will be carried over to Sunday’s singles matches where each country will play one singles match versus each of the other four countries. At the conclusion of play on Sunday, the country with the highest four-day combined point total will be “Crowned” the best golf nation in the world.

Current International Crown Standings (as of Tuesday, March 11, 2014)
1) South Korea 27 2) United States 35 3) Japan 129
Inbee Park 1 Stacy Lewis  3 Mika Miyazato 25
So Yeon Ryu 5 Paula Creamer 8 Ai Miyazato 28
Na Yeon Choi 9 Lexi Thompson 10 Sakura Yokomine 37
I.K. Kim 12 Cristie Kerr 14 Rikako Morita 39
Ha Na Jang 13 Angela Stanford 16 Mamiko Higa 47
Jiyai Shin 16 Lizette Salas 20 Shiho Oyama 48
4) Thailand 239 5) Spain 253 6) Sweden 308
Pornanong Phatlum 33 Beatriz Recari 21 Anna Nordqvist  15
Ariya Jutanugarn 34 Azahara Munoz  24 Caroline Hedwall 22
Moriya Jutanugarn 79 Carlota Ciganda 42 Pernilla Lindberg 113
Onnarin Sattayabanphot 93 Belen Mozo 166 Mikaela Parmlid 154
Thidapa Suwannapura 100 Mireia Prat 251 Camilla Lennarth 179
Nontaya Srisawang 173 Maria Hernandez 327 Linda Wessberg 213
7) Chinese Taipei 354 8) Australia 358    
Yani Tseng 44 Karrie Webb 6    
Teresa Lu 51 Katherine Kirk  111    
Candie Kung 95 Minjee Lee 112    
Hsuan-Yu Yao 164 Stacey Keating 129    
Yun-Jye Wei 220 Lindsey Wright 131    
Yi-Chen Liu 371 Rebecca Artis 147    


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