LPGA Attends Global Meeting


LPGA logo for LeaderboardsDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' Representatives of 33 golf organizations from 20 countries are in New York City this week to take the pulse of womens professional golf around the world and discuss its future.
The inaugural World Congress of Womens Golf was created by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) to fuel the growing global popularity of womens professional golf by assembling the sports most influential leaders. The event will be held May 20-22 at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
By gathering the leaders of the golf industry for the first World Congress of Womens Golf, we hope to identify new opportunities, define key areas for growth of womens golf worldwide and ultimately continue to increase the growing popularity of our sport, said Ty M. Votaw, commissioner of the LPGA.
Highlights of the Congress include a panel discussion on The State of Womens Golf Worldwide, featuring the leaders of the five major womens tours and moderated by David Fay, executive director of the United States Golf Association and co-secretary of the International Golf Federation.
Panelists include: S. Kyu Hong, chairman of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association; Hisako Higuchi, chairman of the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Japan; Ian Randell, chief executive of the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour; Warren Sevil, general manager of Australian Ladies Professional Golf; and Votaw.
Ruth Ann Marshall, president of the Americas for MasterCard International, will deliver the keynote address. The Congress will also feature three panel discussions focusing on player development, television and sponsorship with some of the leading experts in these fields offering their opinions.
In addition, the Congress will kick off on Thursday, May 20, with workshops on fan development/ market research and selling sponsorships and close on Saturday, May 22, with workshops on tournament development and professional player development. Sybase Inc., MasterCard International, Rolex U.S.A., Inc. and Steuben Glass are official sponsors of the World Congress of Womens Golf.