Chicago's Merit Club to host International Crown


The Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., will host the second edition of the UL International Crown, the LPGA announced Tuesday.

Opened in 1992, The Merit Club hosted the 2000 U.S. Women's Open, which was won by Karrie Webb. It will now serve as the venue next summer for a team match-play competition which pits eight countries against each other.

The tournament was originally slated for nearby Rich Harvest Farms, but the LPGA announced earlier this month that both parties mutually agreed to relocate the event for undisclosed reasons. At the time of that announcement, LPGA officials indicated a desire to keep the biennial event in the Chicago area.

"We were flattered by the many suitors with championship resumes who came forward with the hopes of providing the stage for this event," LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said in a statement. "The Merit Club has wonderful history and prestige and will offer a spectacular backdrop to see which country will take home the Crown."

The tournament will be held July 21-24. The eight qualifying countries will be determined by the Rolex Rankings after the ANA Inspiration in April, while the four participants for each country will be determined after the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in June.

Spain won the inaugural International Crown in 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.