Womens World Cup Field Announced

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Ladies Professional Golf AssociationThe Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced the competitors making up all 20 teams for the inaugural Womens World Cup of Golf to be held at The Links, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa, from Feb. 11-13, 2005.
 
The $1million event, which will become the first-ever truly worldwide team competition co-sanctioned by both tours, will include seven major champions including 2004 Weetabix Womens British Open winner Karen Stupples from England and former world No.1s Karrie Webb from Australia and Laura Davies from England, winner of 66 titles around the globe.
 
Also in the side are a host of Solheim Cup stars such as Swedes Sophie Gustafson and Carin Koch, Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel from the USA, Elisabeth Esterl from Germany, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc from France, Scots Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie and Spaniards Paula Marti and Ana B. Sanchez.
 
With so many young players making their mark in womens golf, the event will also welcome some of the rising stars in the sport such as Finlands 19-year-old phenomenon Minea Blomqvist and 14-year-old amateur Ashleigh Simon who will partner Laurette Maritz for the home nation, South Africa.
 
Blomqvist, the Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year on the LET, has already made an indelible mark on the game by becoming the third youngest player to have won on the LET and also has carded 62 on two occasions including a record setting mark of 10 under par in a major championship, the lowest ever score in any major championship, male or female.
 
Simon, still a student in South Africa, burst onto the scene when she won the Acer Womens SA Open on the Nedbank Womens Golf Tour earlier this year.
 
Womens golf around the globe is currently undergoing a changing of the guard as many young players are adding tournament titles to their fledgling rsums, even as teenagers, said Karen Lunn, Chairman of the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour.
 
The more established names in womens golf are still winning titles with aplomb and what we will witness in this inaugural event is a tremendous marriage of youth and experience and will highlight the diversity of talent currently on show in our sport.
 
'We are delighted to extend our relationship with the LPGA to develop the first co-sanctioned Women's World Cup of Golf and this highlights that the growth and appetite for women's professional golf is bigger than ever.
 
I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work input by the organisers Tania Fourie and Lesley Copeman in South Africa for making this groundbreaking event possible and this can only further the development of womens golf in the region.
 
'This Womens World Cup of Golf is sure to attract worldwide interest and offers the perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of the international memberships which both the LET and the LPGA enjoy.
 
Fancourt Hotel and Golf Resort is a world class location for an event of this stature having hosted The Presidents Cup last season and as you would expect, offers the world's best players a fantastic setting and an exceptional challenge.
 
World Cup Teams
1. Australia (Karrie Webb, Rachel Hetherington)
2. Austria (Natascha Fink, Tina Schneeberger)
3. Canada (Lorie Kane, Dawn Coe-Jones)
4. England (Laura Davies, Karen Stupples)
5. Finland (Minea Blomqvist, Riikka Hakkarainen)
6. France (Stephanie Arricau, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc)
7. Germany (Martina Eberl, Elisabeth Esterl)
8. Italy (Diana Luna, Giulia Sergas)
9. Japan (Ai Miyazato, Rui Kitada)
10. Korea (Jeong Jang, Bo Bae Song)
11. Mexico (Lorena Ochoa, a-Alejandra Martin Del Campo)
12. New Zealand (Gina Scott, Lynnette Brooky)
13. Philippines (Jennifer Rosales, Dorothy Delasin)
14. Scotland (Catriona Matthew, Janice Moodie)
15. South Africa (Laurette Maritz, a-Ashleigh Simon)
16. Spain (Ana Belen Sanchez, Paula Marti)
17. Sweden (Carin Koch, Sophie Gustafson)
18. Taiwan (Candie Kung, a-Ya-Ni (Ruby) Tseng)
19. United States (Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel)
20. Wales (Becky Brewerton, Becky Morgan)