The second playing of “The Queens presented by Kowa” gets underway at 9:00am on Friday morning local time, when the ALPG team take on the stars of the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA), the Korean LPGA KLPGA) and the Ladies European Tour (LET) in the annual team match play competition.
The tournament, held at the picturesque Miyoshi Country Club outside of Nagoya in Japan, will be played over three days, the first day being foursomes matchplay, the second round fourball best ball matchplay and the final day will be singles matchplay.
The nine-strong ALPG team will be led for the second successive year by LPGA star Rachel Hetherington who is upbeat about her team’s chances this week "We are looking forward to playing our best golf this week. The entire ALPG team is really excited to be here and to play in this team format. A lot of the girls play either in the States or in Europe throughout the year and even though we’re from the same place we don’t get to play a lot together and definitely don’t get to play together as a team. It’s really fun to play together and we’ll do our best. All of the girls are playing great golf so we’re very confident and really looking forward to it.”
In the first of the ALPG matches tomorrow morning at 9:10am, ALPG captain Hetherington and Western Australia's Whitney Hillier will team up against the KLPGA pairing of Min Sun Kim and Su Yeon Jang.
The second ALPG pairing of Sarah Kemp and Stacey Keating will tee off at 9:20am against the LET pairing of Catriona Matthew and Nanna Koerstz Madsen.
In the third match three-time LPGA winner Katherine Kirk will partner with Sydney’s Lauren Hibbert, against the JLPGA pairing of Yukari Nishiyama and Megumi Shimokawa at 9:40am.
In the final ALPG pairing of the morning, LPGA stars Su Oh and Sarah Jane Smith will combine against the Korean duo of Hae Rym Kim and Seung Hyun Lee at 10:10am
The full list of tee times can be found at http://www.mbs.jp/thequeens2016/score/1st.shtml
About The Queens presented by Kowa:
A total of 32 matches will be played over three days: with eight fourball matches on day one, eight foursomes matches on day two and 16 singles matches on day three. Scoring is done via a points system, with each match being worth 3 points to the winning team. If a match ends all square after 18 holes, 1 point is awarded to each team. On completion of the first 2 days, the leading two teams will contest the “Championship Final” on Sunday 4th December, while the other 2 teams will contest the “Third Place Final.” Pairings for Friday’s fourball matches will be announced on Wednesday.
Course: West Course, Miyoshi Country Club, Aicha Prefecture, Japan
6,500 yards, par 72
Hole 1: 405 yard par-4
Hole 2: 520 yard par-5
Hole 3: 400 yard par-4
Hole 4: 385 yard par-4
Hole 5: 155 yard par-3
Hole 6: 365 yard par-4
Hole 7: 470 yard par-5
Hole 8: 170 yard par-3
Hole 9: 380 yard par-4
Hole 10: 410 yard par-4
Hole 11: 405 yard par-4
Hole 12: 525 yard par-5
Hole 13: 185 yard par-3
Hole 14: 365 yard par-4
Hole 15: 500 yard par-5
Hole 16: 140 yard par-3
Hole 17: 335 yard par-4
Hole 18: 385 yard par-4
Prize Money: Winning Team : 45,000,000 yen ( 5,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players) Runner-up: 27,000,000 yen (3,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players) 3rd Place: 18,000,000 yen (2,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players) 4th Place: 9,000,000 yen (1,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players)
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