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First ladies World Cup to be held in Ireland

The LET announced today that the inaugural Ladies World Cup of Golf will be launched at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Club in Limerick, Ireland from September 15-17, 2000.

The 2000 Ladies World Cup of Golf, which will be managed by the LET in conjunction with Bord Fáilte (the Irish Tourist Board) and Adare Manor, will be based on the same format as the men's World Cup of Golf.

"This is another hugely exciting development for women's golf and we are delighted to be staging the very first Ladies World Cup of Golf at Adare Manor and with the support of Bord Fáilte," said Tim Howland, Chief Executive, LET.

"We still have one or two details to finalise, but I have spoken to our fellow Tours in America and Japan and they have agreed to the event in principle, while a number of leading players have already pledged their support.

"Being Australian, Karrie doesn't get the chance to play in The Solheim Cup, and this gives her the chance to compete in a team event and also represent her country. The same goes for Se-ri Pak, who I am confident will also play.

"Laura (Davies) was also very supportive when I spoke to her, as were Janice Moodie and Catrin Nilsmark. It will be a truly global event, similar to the men's World Cup, and because there is no LPGA tournament that week I am confident we will see the world's leading women players at Adare Manor."

The LET will be releasing the exact format for the event in a couple of week's time, but Howland said he expected the inaugural Ladies World Cup of Golf to feature 20 teams from around the world competing for a total prize fund of 500,000 Irish punts.

Each team will consist of two players selected by their respective PGA's from the European, American and Japanese moneylists. Each player will play three rounds of strokeplay over the Robert Trent Jones Snr design, with the winning cheque going to the team with the lowest combined total score.

Howland added that he expected the leading nations in women's golf to enter a team, including the USA, England, Sweden, Korea, Australia, Japan and Scotland, while Ireland will be invited to enter a team as the host nation.

The Ladies World Cup of Golf will be an annual team event and will be staged in a different country every year. Officials from the LET said they are already close to securing a host venue for 2001. In addition to the Women's Australian Open, the Evian Masters and the Weetabix Women's British Open will be joint-sanctioned events with the LPGA from America.


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