Boston, Mass., (Nov. 10, 2009) - The field is set for the fourth-annual Handa Cup to be held December 5th through 7th at the Slammer & Squire golf course at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The Legends Tour's season-ending event, sponsored by Haruhisa Handa, a Japanese philanthropist, artist and businessman, pits U.S.-born LPGA Legends professionals against a team of World Legends professionals in an international match-play competition.
Returning U.S. team captain and World Golf Hall of Fame member Kathy Whitworth is poised to lead 12 players, including Beth Daniel and five more World Golf Hall of Fame members, who will compete for a U.S. "four-peat" at the Handa Cup.
Scotland's Cathy Panton-Lewis will captain the 2009 World Team, whose competing members include Legends Tour career money leader, Jan Stephenson, and 2009 Solheim Cup Captain Alison Nicholas in her second Handa Cup appearance.
In 2008, competition was nearly deadlocked at the close of first-round team matches with the U.S. securing the overnight lead by just two points. Hall of Fame member Patty Sheehan and seven-time Solheim Cup veteran Rosie Jones posted perfect match records at 3-0-0 for the tournament, boosting the U.S. team to a 14-point lead and helping to clinch the team's third Handa Cup.
The 2009 Handa Cup will begin Saturday, Dec. 5th at 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 6th at 9 a.m., and a pro-am will take place Monday, Dec. 7th. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available at the gate for $10. Children under 18 and military personnel are admitted for free. Pro-Am spots are still available and interested parties may contact Megan Gardner at 617-997-6194 to register. For more information, visit www.thelegendstour.com.
U.S. Team: Amy Alcott (WGHOF member), Pat Bradley (WGHOF member), JoAnne Carner (WGHOF member), Elaine Crosby, Beth Daniel (WGHOF member), Sandra Haynie (WGHOF member), Christa Johnson, Rosie Jones, Cindy Rarick, Nancy Scranton, Patty Sheehan (WGHOF member) and Sherri Turner. Captain: Kathy Whitworth (WGHOF member), Assistant Captain: Lori West.
World Team: Dawn Coe-Jones, Alicia Dibos, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, Jenny Lidback, Sally Little, Alison Nicholas, Mieko Nomura, Michiko Okada, Anne Marie Palli, Jan Stephenson, Aiko Takasu. Captain, Catherine Panton Lewis.
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