Team Asia rookie set to make first appearance in Singapore
The 19-year old rookie has had a sensational season and will play her first LPGA event in Singapore. Tseng will be part of the 12 member Team Asia, led by Captain Se Ri Pak at the Singapore Island Country Club from 28th to 30th November.
“I am very excited about being part of the Lexus Cup this year and I am looking forward to playing in Singapore at the Singapore Island Country Club,” said Tseng.
She continued, “I have followed the event in past years and it is a great opportunity for me to be part of Team Asia this year and hopefully help them win the trophy for a third time. The team format will be fun and I think it will be a challenging competition and a great way to end my first professional season on Tour.”
Tseng made her mark on Tour this year when she captured the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola in June after a sudden-death playoff with 2007 Team International member Maria Hjorth of Sweden. At 19 years and four months old, she became the youngest player to win the LPGA Championship and the second youngest player to win an LPGA major championship.
Team Asia Captain, Se Ri Pak, is delighted to have Yani commit to her team. She said, “Yani has had an amazing first year on Tour and has an exciting professional future ahead of her. It is great that she is going to be part of Team Asia in Singapore and help me and the rest of the team work towards another victory.”
With eight top-ten finishes from 21 starts (as of 10th October), Tseng holds the top spot on the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year leader board and currently sits in fourth place on the LPGA Official Money List. Her qualification for this year’s Lexus Cup is almost guaranteed and it looks like only a matter of time before her next Tour victory. She finished second in the MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta, Ginn OPEN, LPGA State Farm Classic and RICOH Women’s British Open in August.
Yani Tseng has shown her merit on Tour this year becoming the first Taiwanese player to win an LPGA major and fans will enjoy watching her at the SICC this year.
“The Lexus Cup 2008 is going to be another tough battle between the two teams, featuring the top players on Tour, including Yani, who are all looking to finish their season on a winning note,” said Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President, IMG.
Tseng follows in the Lexus Cup footsteps of fellow Taiwanese players Candie Kung and Amy Hung to make it into Team Asia.
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. 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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