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World Ladies Championship to return to Mission Hills

February 13, 2013

Mission Hills announced that the second edition of the World Ladies Championship (WLC) will return to Mission Hills Haikou on Hainan Island in China from 7 to 10 March 2013 and will be played on the highly acclaimed Sandbelt Trails course.

With defending Champion and World No. 5 (Rolex Official World Rankings, 14 Jan '13) Shanshan Feng confirmed to defend her title, the Ladies European Tour (LET) and China LPGA Tour sanctioned event will boast a field of 108 players from both tours as well as players from the LPGA tours of the U.S., Korea and Japan.

Other leading international players to confirm their participation in the US$ 600,000 prize money event, which will award Women's World Golf Rankings points, include World No.4 Inbee Park from Korea, South African Lee-Anne Pace, Anne-Lise Caudal from France and Ha-Neul Kim, also from South Korea.

The four day tournament will once again feature a unique 3-in-1 format consisting of an Individual Professional Competition played over 72-holes of individual stroke-play; a 72 hole Professional Team Competition in which the scores of the top two players from 18 countries represented will be combined to determine the winning team, with China as host nation fielding two teams; and a 72-hole stroke-play Individual Amateur Competition.

Defending champion and Major winner Shanshan Feng commented, "I'm really excited to come back to Mission Hills and defend my title. I've got great memories from last year's event which marked my first tournament win in China as a professional and set me up well for the rest of the year so I'll be doing my very best to make it two from two."

Tenniel Chu, the Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group added, "Last year's inaugural tournament was a great success and gives us a good platform to build from. We've introduced a number of changes to this year's tournament and we look forward to welcoming the ladies to Mission Hills and to another great week of golf."

Ivan Peter Khodabakhsh, Chief Executive Officer of the Ladies European Tour, added, "We're delighted that the tour will be returning to Mission Hills again in March. The venue is first class as are the facilities and course. We look forward to working with Mission Hills to build on the success of last year's event and establish this tournament as one of the key events on the LET calendar for years to come."

Visitors considering a trip to tropical Hainan Island will not only be able to witness the first class golfing spectacle on offer but also have the opportunity to play the resorts nine other courses or indulge in some rest and relaxation in what is officially accredited the "World's Largest Spa Resort" by Guinness World Records.

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