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Inbee Park Tops LPGA’s Taiwan Championship

Inbee ParkSouth Korean golfer Inbee Park secured the lead in the first round of the Taiwan Championship after scoring with a 7-under 65 with two strokes away from the local athlete, Yani Tseng. Seven holes of the Sunrise Golf and Country Club were all birdied by Park who is also the top-ranking candidate for the LPGA Tour Player of the Year. Tseng, the tournament’s defending champion, completed the first round with six birdies and one bogey.

Park has been landing in the top three of the past six consecutive tournaments she has been into. She won two of them that put her in the top spot of the tour money list. She shared that her improved skills and calm winds contributed to her victory. “We were expecting a lot of wind and I was prepared for it. But today it was really calm and a very nice day. Last year I wasn’t hitting the ball as solid as this year, and my ball-striking skills have improved.”

Tseng, however, garnered most of the audience’s attention, being the one of the few superstars in the country’s field of sports. “I know everyone is talking about the pressure this week. When I see all the fans, I think that pressure is gone because I know it doesn’t matter how I play, they’re still going to be there to give me 100 percent support,” Tseng said. She also admitted that bogeying hole number 10 made her a “little mad” in the course.

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Australian Ladies Masters Is Saved By a Golf Ball Company

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Volvik, a Korean company that manufactures golf balls, salvaged the Australian Ladies Masters by being its major sponsor.

Bob Tuohy, the event’s chairman, said that the tournament is all set and scheduled from February 1-3 at the Royal Pines, in Gold Coast with Volvik as its new naming rights partner together with RACV. The chairman admitted that the 24th tournament was put in danger until Volvik came to the rescue.

Though the prize money of $500,000 was halved, the all-important and minimum categories on the Ladies European Tour are all retained. However, the tournament was trimmed down to 54 holes from the original plan of 72.

Korean golf broadcaster J Golf was given credit by initializing the talk between Volvik’s chairman Kyung Ahn Moon and Tuohy. “We’ve been through some rough waters to make this possible and Volvik has made the difference,” said Tuohy during the tournament’s launch at Royal Pines. “We see 2013 as a regrouping year and we are hoping to build this marriage into a really big event to knock ‘em dead in 2014, 2015 and 2016,” he added.

Tuohy also expressed gratefulness for the tournament’s major supporters and said that to sponsor tournaments is not the job of the government. He also informed the public that Christel Boeljon is coming back to defend her title.
Warren Sevil, the chief executive of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf, said that the support is brought about by the strong bond between the Australian Ladies Masters and Korean tours. “There is a history of partnership with the Korean tour with invites every year to players and hopefully we will get security for the tournament for years to come. The support of the players is the key to success from here and I believe we will get it,” Sevil added.

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LPGA Pros Compete Against Breast Cancer

lpga fights breast cancerMany families all over the world, regardless of social and economic status, have been affected by cancer in one way or the other. Various organizations have taken action to help fight this dreadful disease. Many companies donate a fraction of their sales to support cancer research programs. Sport groups conduct fund raising games to help provide assistance to patients and families.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is one of which that supports the fight against breast cancer and the official voice of the women’s professional golf industry. LPGA supports breast cancer cause through its collaboration with the world’s largest non-profit provider of breast cancer research funds, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Several golf professionals from the LPGA league have also taken serious actions to support the same cause. One is Val Skinner, a golf veteran being an LPGA winner for six times. She established the Val Skinner Foundation and the LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer or LIFE Event which was established in 2000. The organization has accumulated almost $8 million, all for the different activities related to breast cancer including research, awareness and prevention programs. This year’s LIFE Event was said to be the biggest one-day golf fundraising event for the cause of breast cancer.

The 16-year LPGA member and golf veteran Cristie Kerr recently organized the Birdies for Breast Cancer Celebrity Golf Classic. The event, which is currently on its eighth year, was held at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.
Some of the active LPGA participants are Juli Inkster, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis and Cindy LaCrosetto.

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Lydia Ko, Hailed as LPGA’s Youngest Winner

Scoring at five-under 67 and three strokes ahead, Lydia Ko bagged the recent Canadian Women’s Open title and became the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour’s youngest winner at the age of 15.

The victory is Ko’s second and makes her the youngest winning golfer in a professional tournament breaking the records of Lexi Thompson from USA and Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa. The two won their firsts at ages 16 and 15 years and 8 months, respectively.

Ko’s record-breaking win is a very important turn in the history of women’s golf in her homeland, New Zealand. “No New Zealand woman has ever won on the LPGA tour before and in terms of significant golfing achievements, this is probably the most significant by a New Zealand female golfer,” according to Dean Murphy, New Zealand’s Golf Chief Executive.

“It’s not unexpected but she does just dazzle us every time she plays. To win on the LPGA Tour, against a quality field, is just a stunning achievement. We are so delighted,” Murphy said and added that an ongoing conference for golf club managers in New Zealand was interrupted as they kept monitoring Ko’s performance over the Internet. He also said that her victory will give a huge boost for golf in the country.

“This should be an enormous story. It should do wonders for golf for the profile, and to encourage young girls into golf. They have seen what Lydia has done and [to think that] any Kiwi girl can do that is inspiring. But this is a very big deal for us and should do wonders for the profile of golf.” Murphy said.

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First Chinese to Win a Major at LPGA

The 22-year-old Chinese golfer, Feng Shanshan, won the LPGA Championship, held in Pittsford, New York. With a closing score of 5-under-par 67, she bagged the title from Mika Mayazato of Japan, who was two shots behind.

Born in Beijing, Feng started playing golf when she was barely 10. She moved to the U.S. in her teens, where she continued to hone her skills. She first joined the LPGA in 2008 and made her first win in the same year.

Though she thought she had a chance of winning, being three strokes off the lead for the final, she still didn’t think that the title would come that day. “I was focusing on every shot. If I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t. It just worked out,” she shared after the event. Her two goals for 2012 were to win the LPGA and become one of the top 10 players in a major event. ”I did them both together,” she said, describing her accomplishments.

“I think I’m just lucky… There are good players from China now. I became the first one but I’m sure there will be more people winning in the states and in the majors,” she said during an interview with ESPN.

More young golfers are getting into the game as the Chinese economy takes off. It’s expected that the number of golfers will increase to 20 million players by 2020. Another Chinese golfer, Guan Tianlang, made his name in the sport when he became the youngest player on the European Tour, at 13 years old.

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