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Format of Women's World Cup to change

A purse of $1,200,000 is up for grabs by the world’s top 40 women golfers from 20 countries, who will now play Singles on Day 1, Foursomes on Day 2 and Betterball on the third and final day of competition.

“We want to build on the excitement of the event, and we believe that by changing the format of play over the three-day championship we have built in the opportunity for risk and reward for players on the final day. Another dynamic is that we will also be switching the nines around – allowing for a finish on a par five thereby creating eagle and birdie opportunities” said World Cup Chief Executive Tania Fourie.

Due to the success of this year’s event, Sun City has once again been selected to host the 2007 event, which will be played on the championship Gary Player Country Club course from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January 2007. The dates are set in accordance with both the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the United States Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), with the World Cup being the first official event on the schedules of both Tours.

Although the Rolex World Rankings were established shortly after the 2006 event, team and player selection criteria will remain the same as before. “Sweden automatically qualify as defending champions, and South Africa as hosts, but there is no indication as yet to the actual players who will be participating at the 2007 event, “ said World Cup Operations Director Lesley Copeman. The official sanctioning bodies, the LPGA and LET, together with tournament organisers, expect to announce official teams in mid November.

Two of South Africa’s leading women, who showed tremendous public support both locally and internationally, will keep the flag flying for the 2007 event. Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka remains the Honorary President, and South Africa’s golfing legend, Sally Little, will be the Official Ambassador of the 2007 Women’s World Cup of Golf.

A fun filled week of spectacular golf and activities has been organised for the third Women’s World Cup of Golf, with players set to arrive during the weekend preceding the World Cup week of events, which officially starts on Monday 15 January 2007.

A 42 per cent increase in registered women players is noted in South Africa over the past four years, and in support of this the organisers are including a clinic for women golfers from local South African golf clubs during the 2007 World Cup.

Monday – Wednesday 15 – 17 January 2007 Official Player Practice

Wednesday 17 January 2007 Media Team Interviews

Official Opening Ceremony

SA Golf Club Clinic

Thursday 18 January 2007 Official Pro-Am Morning & Afternoon Fields

World Cup Development Clinic

Friday 19 January 2007 Day 1 Singles

Saturday 20 January 2007 Day 2 Foursomes

Sunday 21 January 2007 Day 3 Betterball

Official Closing Ceremony

This year’s event saw attendance figures surpass the inaugural event by the second day already, with a 96 per cent increase recorded by the final day. “This event showcases the world’s golf talent and you just cannot miss it. The event has something for everyone, it attracts all ages, and a lot of corporate bring in guests from both the local and international markets. So we are even more committed to bringing affordable hospitality and tour packages to these markets. I wish to see attendance figures increase by a further 25 per cent next year,” said Fourie.

Greater awareness of the event is being generated through the North West Province Parks and Tourism Board by involving local Bed and Breakfast establishments to cater for top end and affordable accommodation packages for local and international spectators.

The official sponsors of the 2006 event saw an overall 32 per cent increase in exposure value from the inaugural event. The official website alone received 26,8 million hits during the final four days of the event this year, with an average of 186 per cent increase in exposure value across local print, television and radio media platforms. It’s no wonder that companies are lining up to associate their brands and products at the 2007 event.

Carolyn Bivens, Commissioner LPGA is very positive about the Women’s World Cup, “It is so wonderful to see corporate South Africa get behind and support this important event. This event is unusual as it has all the characteristics of what South Africa stands for and the Women’s World Cup of Golf carries that feeling of pulling together. It’s like no other event I have ever seen, it’s more than a golf tournament”.

 

 




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