Eight nations to compete for second UL International Crown at Merit Club in July
By Molly Gallatin, LPGA Media
After the conclusion of the ANA Inspiration, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced the eight countries that will compete in the second playing of the UL International Crown, which will be held on July 21-24 at the Merit Club outside Chicago.
Based on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, the eight countries that will compete in the second playing of the UL International Crown are – Republic of Korea, United States, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, England, China and Australia.
Team Australia was the last team in with 390 points, edging out ninth place Sweden by a mere eight points. The defending champions, Spain, did not qualify and finished in 11th place 96 points out of the final spot.
Following the conclusion of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June, the four highest ranked players from each of the eight qualifying countries will make up their respective teams for the matches. The eight countries will be seeded #1 through #8, and they will be divided into two pools based on the cumulative team score of the four players’ Rolex World Rankings published after the conclusion of the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Tickets for the UL International Crown can be ordered online at www.ULCrown.com. Daily tickets start at $20 with weekly tickets priced at $115. In addition, several all-inclusive ticket packages are available including an upgraded ticket option the International Pavilion located on the 9th hole. Children 17 and under receive complimentary admission to the Grounds and the International Pavilion with a paying adult holding the same ticket. Active, retired, and reserve military members and their dependents receive complimentary admission to the Grounds with a valid ID. Proceed to main gate to redeem the complimentary tickets.
The UL International Crown would not be possible without the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers needed to run the event. Volunteering for the UL International Crown is a great way to experience the behind the scenes action and be a part of one of the most exciting events in women’s golf. Please visit www.ULCROWN.com for more information.
ABOUT THE UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN
The UL International Crown is the first-of-its-kind biennial, team match play competition featuring the best female golfers from the top eight countries across the globe, based on the combined Rolex World Ranking of the top four players from each country. The countries that qualified to compete in 2014 include Australia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United States and Thailand. Spain was crowned the event’s first champion as the team of Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Belen Mozo and Carlota Ciganda bested seven of the other top golf nations in the world en route to the title. For the latest on the 2016 and 2018 UL International Crown, follow their twitter account @ULIntlCrown.
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ABOUT THE MERIT CLUB
Located in Gurnee, Illinois about 45 miles north of Chicago, the Merit Club was built in 1992 solely for golf and those who enjoy the game. The course envelops 320 acres and is preserved as open space for perpetuity by a conservation easement. Native oak savannahs, prairies and wetlands provide beauty at every turn. The par-72 test is designed to challenge players of all skill levels. It was the site of the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open won by Karrie Webb.