International Crown

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UL International Crown
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Tournament information
LocationVaries – (2018)
Incheon, South Korea
Established2014
Course(s)Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea – (2018)
Tour(s)LPGA Tour
FormatMatch play, team event
32 players
(4 each on 8 teams)
Prize fund$1.6 million
Month playedOctober
Current champion
 South Korea
2018 International Crown
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club is located in South Korea
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club
Location in South Korea

The UL International Crown is a biennial women's professional team golf tournament on the LPGA Tour, played in July of even-numbered years. Eight national teams of four players each (32 players in total) participate in the match play event.[1]

History[edit]

It debuted in 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, a suburb northwest of Baltimore.[2] With selection based on the world rankings of individuals, the eight nations were announced the previous November: Australia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. Teams were divided into two pools and played round robin fourball for three days. The top five teams (20 players) advanced to the ten singles matches on Sunday, with each nation facing the other four. Spain won all four singles matches to win the title with a total of fifteen points; Sweden split its matches to finish in second with eleven points.

The second edition in 2016 took place at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Illinois, north of Chicago.[3] The top two finishers from 2014, champion Spain and runner-up Sweden, did not qualify for 2016 and were replaced by China and England. The United States won the 2016 International Crown with 13 points, winning three out of four singles matches on Sunday with South Korea finishing second with 12 points.

The third, 2018, edition was played 4–7 Oct at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea.[4] The eight countries participating were South Korea, United States, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden, and Chinese Taipei.[5] This field was the same as 2016, with the exception of Sweden replacing China. The team members were finalized on 2 July 2018. [6]

Sponsorship and future sites[edit]

UL, an American safety organization historically known as Underwriters Laboratories, was announced as the title sponsor for 2016 and 2018.[7]

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Points Runner-up Points Venue Host country Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2018 Oct 4–7  South Korea 15 (7–2–1)  United States
 England
11 (5–4–1)
11 (5–4–1)
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea South Korea 1,600,000 400,000 (team)
2016 Jul 21–24  United States 13 (6–3–1)  South Korea 12 (6–4–0) Merit Club United States 1,600,000 400,000 (team)
2014 Jul 24–27  Spain 15 (7–2–1)  Sweden 11 (5–4–1) Caves Valley Golf Club United States 1,600,000   400,000 (team)[8]

Results table[edit]

Country Times
played
Best
finish
Players 2014 2016 2018
 Australia 3 6 7 8 8 6
 China 1 6 4 6
 Chinese Taipei 3 T3 6 7 T3 8
 England 2 T2 6 T3 T2
 Japan 3 T3 11 T3 4 7
 South Korea 3 1 8 T3 2 1
 Spain 1 1 4 1
 Sweden 2 2 5 2 5
 Thailand 3 4 6 5 7 4
 United States 3 1 7 6 1 T2

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2014 LPGA International Crown Participant Countries
  2. ^ The LPGA International Crown Page
  3. ^ "Chicago's Merit Club to Host 2016 UL International Crown". LPGA. November 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "2018 UL International Crown Set for South Korea". The New York Times. Associated Press. 20 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Republic of Korea and United States Lead Eight Qualifying Teams for the 2018 UL International Crown". LPGA. 4 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Hosts Republic of Korea and Reigning Champions Team USA are Seeded as Top Two Countries for the 2018 UL International Crown". LPGA. 2 July 2018.
  7. ^ "UL Named Title Sponsor For 2016 and 2018 UL International Crown; 2018 Event to be Held in the Republic of Korea". LPGA. October 20, 2014.
  8. ^ 2014 International Crown News Page

External links[edit]

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