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Golf - 20. July 2007.

The Lexus Cup motors into new territory as the 2007 tournament drives to Perth, Western Australia


Australia, July 3rd, 2007The Vines Resort and Country Club has been chosen as the site in Perth that will host thousands of spectators as they witness three days of exciting match play golf – foursomes, fourballs and singles.

From December 7th – 9th, Team International will once again face Team Asia as 24 of the world’s top women golfers battle it out for the third year, to see who will take the coveted title.

Looking to reclaim the title after missing out to Team Asia in 2006, Annika Sorenstam will return once more as captain of Team International and she relishes the new challenges that The Vines will bring.

“I think it is great that the Lexus Cup is moving to a new location this year. We are continuously looking to promote golf all over the world and Perth will provide a great venue for this year’s event and it will also be good for us to visit somewhere new and play a different course,” Sorenstam said. “It will be my job as captain in Perth to get the girls to work as a team and to do what we can to play well and regain the cup.”

Team Asia can look forward to a new captain this year as Korea’s golf icon Se Ri Pak takes the stage as the team leader. Not new to the Lexus Cup where she helped the team hoist the trophy last year, Pak is a real force on the LPGA Tour and recently qualified for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame following the completion of her first round at the McDonald's LPGA Championship in early June. Only halfway through the LPGA Tour season, Pak already boasts four top-ten finishes and looks set to have another promising year on the Tour.

The 2006 Heather Farr Player Award recipient broke onto the scene in 1998 when she joined the LPGA Tour and won four events including two majors. She was then named Rolex Rookie of the Year and went on to win four tournaments in 1999 and five in both 2001 and 2002.

“It is a great honour to be invited to captain Team Asia at this year’s Lexus Cup,” commented Se Ri Pak. “I thoroughly enjoyed competing last year and I look forward to playing with my team mates at this prestigious event. Hopefully, I’ll help to lead, do the team proud and hoist the trophy by the end of the week!”

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will once again be sanctioning the tournament which means team spots will be hotly contested as the female golfers aim to edge up the rankings throughout the season. The captains and sponsors will once again be given special picks to add to the teams’ line-ups and the full team lists will be announced towards the end of the season.

Lexus continues their backing of this sporting event and are also excited about the change of course and country this year. Vince Socco, Vice President, Marketing Planning Division, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific said, “After two successful years in Singapore, Perth will be a refreshing new stage for the world’s top lady golf professionals to pit their talents against each other in this unique team event.

Western Australia has some of the most challenging golf courses in the world and we are very excited to bring the Lexus Cup to one of the best – the world-class Vines Resort & Country Club.”

Organisers envisage the Lexus Cup becoming a truly global event to rival other similar team tournaments around the world. The decision to move the event to Western Australia follows this objective and ensures that fans from other parts of the world get to experience this high quality team event.

This year will also see the event reach out to the amateur female golfers in Western Australia as Lexus Cup 2007 launches a new initiative known as “The Pursuit of Glory”. Involving 224 golf clubs across the state, players will compete to earn their place in the final tournament which will be held at The Vines Resort and Country Club on December 6 before the Lexus Cup begins.

“It is great to see an LPGA event being staged in Australia and with the stakes being even at one-all, it will be exciting to see who moves ahead in the victory table for the Lexus Cup,” added Chris Higgs, Senior Vice President, COO of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. “It is the aim to grow this event in stature and encourage women to take up the sport. Holding it at The Vines Resort & Country Club will bring this prestigious event to a host of new fans as they experience professional women’s golf right on their doorstep.”

“With the growing popularity of women playing golf, it is great to see a prestigious tournament like the Lexus Cup coming to Perth this year,” said Sheila McHale, Minister of Tourism for Western Australia. “This is a fantastic achievement for Perth and Western Australia. It isn’t everyday that we get the world’s best female golfers in our own backyard and we are sure that local golf fans will be excited to catch them in action.”

Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President of IMG adds, “The Lexus Cup features the top international and Asian players and we are extremely excited to have Annika Sorenstam returning as captain and Se Ri Pak taking on that huge responsibility as captain of Team Asia. We are sure that Australia, as this year’s host country, will provide a great location for Lexus Cup 2007 and hope that all the fans come out to support their favourite player.”

Sponsors for this year’s Lexus Cup include EventsCorp, Western Australia, The Vines Resort & Country Club, Rolex and Singapore Airlines.

TICKETING INFORMATION

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Dec 7 (Fri)

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Dec 8 (Sat)

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Dec 9 (Sun)

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Season Pass

Adult

AUD30

AUD30

AUD30

AUD75

Full Time Student (16 years old and over)

- Must show a student card

AUD20

AUD20

AUD20

AUD50

Student (under 16)

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

Pensioner

- Must show a pensioner card

AUD20

AUD20

AUD20

AUD50

Note: Tickets are available through Ticketmaster

Qualification Criteria

The top four available Asian players from the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings followed by the top four available Asian players from the ADT Official Money List qualify for the Asian team. The same qualifying procedure is carried out for the international team. Should players not be available to play in the Lexus Cup or names are duplicated in both rankings, the next best player is picked. Once the top eight players of each team are confirmed, a further two captain’s picks and two sponsor’s exemptions are selected for each team.

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About The Lexus Cup

The Lexus Cup 2007 is the 3rd edition of an annual prestigious ladies team event pitting 12 international players against 12 leading players from Asia. The victory table stands at one a piece for each team and the Lexus Cup 2007 will take place in Perth, Australia. Team members are selected based on their rankings and season earnings, including two (2) captain’s picks and two (2) sponsor’s exemptions.

About Lexus

Lexus is the premium vehicle division of the Toyota Motor Corporation. Through its passionate commitment to the pursuit of perfection and the most satisfying automobile ownership experience, Lexus has become synonymous with luxury, quality and innovative engineering since its introduction in 1989. Within a decade, the Lexus brand and reputation achieved remarkable growth and became America's best-selling line of luxury motor vehicles as it entered the new millennium. Rated by JD Power for the 12th consecutive year and one of the top five most reliable brands by Consumer Reports, Lexus cars are sold in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, Africa and Latin America.

About IMG
IMG is the world's premier Sports, Entertainment and Media Company. IMG is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports & Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs over 2,300 people in 30 countries. Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

IMG Sports & Entertainment includes consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; licensing; client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, baseball, hockey, football, European football, rugby, cricket, motorsports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. In addition, IMG Academies are the world's largest and most successful, multi-sport training and education facilities.

IMG Media, which includes its TWI subsidiary, is recognized as a global leader in the delivery of new media services, with Internet, broadband and mobile expertise, transforming how audiences access and interact with content. In addition, IMG Media produces and distributes over 9,000 hours of content annually, including award winning television and radio programming, over multiple platforms across 200 countries and covering more than 240 sports. It also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's biggest sports archive with more than 200,000 hours of footage.

About the LPGA
Featuring the world's best women golfers, the LPGA's membership includes touring, teaching and club professionals. The LPGA Tour in 2006 features 35 events, with total prize money of more than $50 million. Since 1981, the LPGA and its tournaments have raised approximately $170 million for charity. From the dreams of its 13 founders in 1950, the LPGA has evolved into the world's pre-eminent women's professional sports organization. The LPGA has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. In addition to the LPGA Tour members, the LPGA membership includes nearly 1,200 certified Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) who serve the golf industry in teaching, coaching and management positions. The LPGA T&CP member programs focus on increasing the involvement of women, girls and youth in golf, as well as contribute to the growth of the sport overall. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information on the LPGA, log on to www.LPGA.com.


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