World Ladies Championship Returns to Mission Hills

January 28, 2013 at 11:41 am Featured, News

Haikou, China, January 25 – The second World Ladies Championship (WLC) will return to Mission Hills Haikou on Hainan Island, China in March.

To be played at Mission Hills’ Sandbelt Trails course from March 7 to 10, the $US600,000 tournament will compromise a three-tier format with a 72-hole individual professional stoke-play competition, a teams event and amateur stroke-play event, all over four days.

Defending champion and world number five lady golfer (as at January 14) Shanshan Feng of China will join 108 players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and China LPGA Tour, which have both sanctioned the tournament, as well as others from LPGA tours in the United States, Korea and Japan.

World number four Inbee Park of Korea, Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa, Anne-Lise Caudal of France and Ha-Neul Kim of Korea have confirmed their participation.

Shanshan Feng, who was the first lady golfer from China to play on the LGPA Tour (which she joined in 2008), says she has great memories from last year’s championship, which marked her first tournament win in China as a professional “It set me up well for the rest of the year, so I’ll be doing my very best to make it two from two,” she said.

Vice chairman of Mission Hills Group, Tenniel Chu, said last year’s inaugural tournament provided a platform to build the event’s status. “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,” he said.

CEO of the Ladies European Tour, Ivan Peter Khodabakhsh, said the LET was delighted the tour was returning to Mission Hills. 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.”

There will be individual professional and amateur winners and the teams event will be decided by combining the scores of the top two professional players from 18 countries. As host nation, China will field two teams.

Mission Hills Sandbelt Trails course is modelled on the famous layouts of the sandbelt in Melbourne, Australia, including Royal Melbourne where the President’s Cup was played in 2011.

Visitors to the event will be able to play the resort’s nine other courses or experience the World’s Largest Spa Resort as confirmed by Guinness World Records.

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