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US$1m bonus announced by Ladies European Tour

Players on the Ladies European Tour will have the historic opportunity to win US$1 million this season thanks to the addition of the Ladies Norwegian Masters to the 2006 Volvo Cross Country Challenge (Volvo XC Challenge).

The US$1 million bonus is the highest prize in the 28-year history of the Ladies European Tour and is available to any LET player who wins all four events on the Volvo XC Challenge; a series of tournaments played in the Nordic region.

With the addition of the Ladies Norwegian Masters, there are now four events on the 2006 Volvo XC Challenge, which are: the Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika ( Sweden ); the Ladies Norwegian Masters ( Norway ); the Finnair Masters ( Finland ); and the Nykredit Masters ( Denmark ).

Continuing their support of women's golf in Europe , Volvo Cars Nordic is also offering a pool of US$120,000 to the top ten players on the final Volvo XC Challenge Order-of-Merit and a Volvo XC70 car to the winner. They will also provide courtesy car transportation at LET tournaments in the Nordic region.

Bengt Magnusson, Corporate Relations for Volvo Cars Nordic, said: “We are delighted that there is a LET event in Norway and that, through our agreement with the LET and the Ladies Norwegian Masters, we will be part of developing women's golf both in Norway and in Europe . We are especially looking forward to this season now that there are four events in the Nordic region with a total of 20 events on the 2006 LET schedule. We hope that this will encourage more players to remain in Europe .”

Alexandra Armas, executive director of the LET, added: “Following a successful series of events in the Volvo Cross Country Challenge in 2005, we are delighted that Volvo Cars Nordic is extending their support this year and into 2007 with the addition of the tremendous bonus prize of US$1 million, the highest prize in the history of the Tour.”

Cecilia Ekelundh, the 2005 winner, said: “The Volvo XC Challenge provides an attractive incentive to players. It gives us something extra to play for and helps us to develop our golf. I am thrilled to be the first winner of the Volvo XC Challenge and that Volvo Cars Nordic is supporting women's golf in Europe . I am thoroughly looking forward to defending my title this year.”

Qualifying events for this years' Volvo XC Challenge are: the Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika at Bro-Bålsta GC in Sweden, from August 10 to 13; the Ladies Norwegian Masters at Oslo GC in Norway, from August 25 to 27; the Finnair Masters at Helsinki GC in Finland, from September 1 to 3; and the Nykredit Masters at Odense Eventyr GC in Denmark, from September 7 to 10.

March 17, 2006


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