Team Asia gets a boost from the top Korean golfers
Singapore- The Korean female golfers sit strongly in the top rankings of the LPGA Tour and as a result this year’s Team Asia at the Lexus Cup 2008 has four already confirmed and raring to go!
Captain and Korean golfing icon Se Ri Pak will be joined by three of her ‘Seoul Sisters’ Jeong Jang, Seon Hwa Lee and Inbee Park. Jang and Lee will be making their third appearances in the event while Inbee Park makes her inaugural appearance after a strong second season on Tour.
“My fellow Koreans on Tour have once again been very dominant this year and I am very happy that Jeong, Seon Hwa and Inbee have committed themselves to being part of my Team this year in Singapore”, said Se Ri Pak.
Pak continued, “All three of the girls have really performed well this season as individuals and I hope we can turn that success into a victory for the team again this year.”
Jeong Jang will make her third appearance for Team Asia having played in the inaugural event in 2005 and last year when they lifted the trophy in Australia. Jang has recorded second places this season at the Michelob ULTRA Open and the LPGA Corning Classic and will be eager to go one better at the Singapore Island Country Club.
Seon Hwa Lee joins Team Asia for the third consecutive year and will arrive at the Lexus Cup undefeated in this team event. In both previous outings, Lee has clinched the crucial points of victory for her team, most notably in 2006 where a win over Julieta Granada in the singles match gave them the trophy 12 ½ to 11 ½.
Lee said, “I am very happy to be returning to Team Asia for this year’s Lexus Cup.
“I hope that I can continue my good form in this event and help my teammates to another victory. It is a fun event for us and it will be great making another trip to Singapore to play on a new course.”
This season Lee came out on top at The Ginn Tribute hosted by ANNIKA and the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship, placing her comfortably inside the top-ten of the LPGA Official Money List as she crossed the US$1million mark in career earnings for the second year running.
New to the line up for Team Asia is Inbee Park, winner of the U.S. Open in June when she became the youngest player to lift the trophy at the age of 19. Park finished tied-fourth in the same event in her rookie year of 2007 and has played herself into Team Asia with her current standing of sixth place in the LPGA Official Money List (as of 20th October).
Excited about joining Team Asia, Park said, “It will be a great honour for me to represent Team Asia at the Lexus Cup this year and I think it will be a fun playing this team format with Se Ri Pak leading us all.
“I have had a really good season on Tour with my victory at the U.S. Open and it would be great to finish with a win in Singapore for our team.”
Focusing on the strength of Asian golf at present, Vince Socco, Senior Vice President, Marketing Planning Division, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific said, “Korea continues to produce a wealth of golfing talent and it is great to have some of the top players from that country joining their compatriot Se Ri Pak for the Lexus Cup 2008. We expect another strong performance by Team Asia, with new faces such as Inbee Park adding her skill and experience to the team.”
The Lexus Cup makes its return to Singapore for the fourth edition and will take place at the prestigious Singapore Island Country Club, Bukit Location from 28th – 30th November. The tournament pits Team Asia against Team International with Team Captains Annika Sorenstam and Se-Ri Pak leading the teams of 12 players over three exciting days of match play golf in foursomes, fourballs and singles.
The 2008 Lexus Cup is officially sanctioned by the LPGA as its season-ending event. Selection for places in both the International and Asian teams is based on the Rolex Women's World Rankings and the LPGA Official Money List, along with captain's picks and sponsors exemptions.
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