Ladies Tour Heads to Japan


LPGA Tour action returns this week in Japan with the Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship.
Sixteen players from the American-based tour are on hand for the four-day event to be played at the 6,396-yard par-72 Sosei Country Club in Narita City. There, they will square off against 16 of the best women golfers from the Japanese Ladies Professional Golf Association (JLPGA).
Five rounds of singles match play competition is the order for the week, with a total purse of $960,000 on the line ($144,000 for the winner).
Included in the limited field from the LPGA Tour are the top-three players in the world: Swedens Annika Sorenstam, Australias Karrie Webb and Koreas Se Ri Pak.
Those three have alone won 13 events (including all four major championships) on the 2001 LPGA Tour's schedule.
This week, they will join Lorie Kane, Maria Hjorth, Sophie Gustafson, Kelly Robbins, Emilee Klein and eight others.
The JLPGA Team won the 2000 edition, beating the LPGA by 13 to 10 points.
The Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship was first played in 1979.