The 54-hole stroke play event — for women only although this is not mentioned in any of the publicity — will be held from October 24–26, 2008 at the Hainan West Coast Golf Club in Hainan Island’s capital, Haikou. This is the first LPGA tournament to be played in China.
The inaugural Grand China Air LPGA will star world number two Annika Sorenstam (seen below) and the sixth-ranked Tseng Yani, two of the highest-profile stars in international women’s golf.
63 of the world’s best players will compete for a purse of $1,800,000.
The player field is made up of the top 51 ranked available players on the LPGA Official Money List along with eight Chinese players from the China Golf Association (CGA), and four invites selected by the Grand China Air and IMG, the tournament organizers.
Hainan West Coast Golf Club is located on the west side of Haikou city. The golf club offers fresh breezes from the South China Sea, a Haikou city backdrop and international level facilities including a double-level driving range.
Source: ETravel Blackboard