Team International Looks to Even the Score against Team Asia
Singapore, 24 July 2008 – Lexus Cup 2008 organisers revealed today that the final event of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) season will be returning to Singapore where the tournament was inaugurated. Singapore Island Country Club (Bukit) will play host to the 4th edition of this prestigious women’s team event on its renowned Bukit Course, one of only three golf courses designed by legendary James Braid outside the United Kingdom.
From 28 – 30 November 2008, 24 of the world’s top women golfers will form Team International and Team Asia, pitting their skills against each other over three exciting days of match play golf in foursomes, fourballs and singles for bragging rights by winning the prestigious Lexus Cup.
Team International will be looking to take revenge on a devastating loss in 2007 when they lost by a whopping margin of 9 and 15. Annika Sorenstam will return for the 4th year to captain Team International and aim to avenge the defeat in her final LPGA event of the season.
“I am looking forward to captaining the Lexus Cup this year and the high quality of players that return year on year is a great testament that this event is growing in stature and attracting the best players today. It is a bittersweet year for me as I step away from competitive golf and focus on other facets of my life that I want to accomplish such as getting married, starting a family, growing the game of golf, giving back to others, and the expansion of the ANNIKA brand of businesses, which currently includes the ANNIKA Academy, ANNIKA Foundation, Golf Course Design projects around the world, the ANNIKA Collection with Cutter & Buck, and the hosting of tournaments and events,” said Sorenstam.
“It is apt that the Lexus Cup returns to Singapore where it first began. We will be working on improving our game and hope to give Team Asia a run for their money and regain the title we first won here in 2005.”
Sorenstam needs no introduction in the world of golf and has dominated the LPGA since her rookie year in 1994. Her 72 LPGA career victories put her career winnings at more than US$22 million, the first LPGA player ever to surpass that mark. Sorenstam announced earlier in the year that she will be stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the season, so fans are encouraged to come out and catch the LPGA legend.
Team Asia will see the return of sophomore captain Se Ri Pak. The Korean golf icon led her team to a commanding win over Team International last year and this time around, they will hope to do the same in Singapore where they have had success previously.
“It was an amazing feeling to hoist the Lexus Cup trophy last year with my team mates and I am thrilled to be invited to be captain again this year,” commented Pak. “We will be looking to retain our title and extend our hold of the Lexus Cup so we hope all the fans come out to support us and catch some great golfing action.”
Pak continues to be a real force and mentor on the LPGA Tour boasting 24 career LPGA victories including five majors. A trailblazer for developing golf in her home country of Korea, Pak became the first South Korean player to be inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame last year.