The international team match-play competition will be played in August this year on London’s doorstep
LONDON, England (January 2020) | UL and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced that tickets are now on sale for the fourth edition of the biennial UL International Crown taking place in England from August 27-30, 2020.
Organizers promise to deliver a high-energy event that will appeal to the entire family and offer an experience rich in entertainment, both on and off the course. Children aged 16 and under go free while adult ticket prices start at £5 on practice days and only from £20 on competition days. As well as the world’s best women’s golfers fiercely contesting matters on course, off-course activities will include a funfair, live music, a ‘nation’s village’ highlighting the cultures of each team competing and an amazing crazy putt experience.
The UL International Crown, a unique team match-play competition showcasing the best female golfers from the top eight countries across the globe, will be played at the impressive Centurion Club located to the north of London in St Albans. The club has previously hosted the acclaimed GolfSixes tournament on the European Tour that features men and women playing together.
In 2018, the Republic of Korea won the UL International Crown on home soil at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, with the USA and England finishing in a tie for second place. The 2016 edition was also won by the host nation – the USA at the Merit Club in Illinois – and Spain were the inaugural champions in 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland.
Speaking on behalf of UL, a global safety science organization that tests and certifies products and provides software solutions, CMO Kathy Seegebrecht said: "The 2020 UL International Crown is fast approaching and we cannot wait to hold our first edition in Europe. At UL we are passionate about our mission, “working for a safer world,” and about our critical role to empower trust in the safety, security and sustainably of products, supply chains and brands. We look forward to sharing that story with spectators and to delivering what will be a world-class golf event.”
The field of eight teams is determined by the combined Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings of the top four players from each nation four months before the event. The final field of 32 players and the final country seedings will be confirmed via the Rolex Rankings approximately one month later.
After three days of four-ball competition, the top five countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches. Points are awarded per match – two for a win, one for a tie and zero for a loss – and all points from the four-ball matches carry over to Sunday, when the total cumulative points for the four days will determine the overall champion.
The UL International Crown has a prize fund of US$1.6million.
A seeding system is in place for the eight countries, dividing them into two pools based on the cumulative team score of the four players’ Rolex Rankings at the point of their selection.
The two teams from each pool with the most points advance to the Sunday singles matches, along with a wildcard determined by a sudden-death playoff between two players from each country finishing third in their respective pool.
IMG, the global sports, media and events organization, will deliver the event in 2020. IMG operates in more than 30 countries with unrivalled experience in event delivery. IMG’s golf team has staged more than 750 golf events and its current portfolio includes more than 30 tournaments staged annually around the globe, including two women’s major championships and the 2019 Solheim Cup.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.
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