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Three of the top players from the Ladies European Tour are teeing it up today in the US$400,000 Hite-Cup Ladies Open at Blue Heron Golf Club in Korea.

Swedes Cecilia Ekelundh and Charlotta S örenstam and Ireland 's Rebecca Coakley have been invited to represent the LET in the exclusive tournament, which takes place from 20-22 October on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour (KLPGA).

A total of 66 players are competing for a first prize cheque of US$100,000 in the sixth edition of the 54-hole event, comprising 50 players from the KLPGA, 10 Korean players from the LPGA Tour, three players from the LET and three amateurs.

"This tournament provides an amazing opportunity for the Ladies European Tour to collaborate with the world's leading professional golf tours," said Alexandra Armas, Executive Director of the LET.

"To have the best golfers from each Tour coming together to compete in Asia is a sign of the progressive relationships that the LET continues to enjoy with the world's finest golfing organisations."

The last time the LET collaborated with the KLPGA was at the Samsung Ladies Masters, a co-sanctioned event at Laguna National G&CC in Singapore . The Samsung Ladies Masters was held under the auspices of the Ladies European Tour (LET), The Korean Ladies Professional Golfers Association (KLPGA), The Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and the Singapore Ladies Golf Association and boasted a truly international field.

The event was won by the 18-year-old Korean Bo Bae Song, who narrowly beat Charlotta S örenstam to the title. Song is now a full member of the Ladies European Tour and has competed in seven tournaments on the LET this season, highlighting the tremendous opportunities available for golfers from all regions of the globe.  

The talented teenager rounded out the year at 50 th of the Money List, while S örenstam finished 56 th at the close of the season. Coakley, a rookie on the LET, finished 29 th on the Money List, while Cecilia Ekelundh finished sixth after a wonderful year in which she won her second career title at the Algarve Ladies Open of Portugal, in June.

October 21, 2005

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