Dame Laura Davies Ac­cepts Cap­taincy Role

Dame Laura Davies, the for­mer women’s world num­ber one golfer, will cap­tain the Ladies Euro­pean Tour team in ‘The Queens pre­sented by Kowa,’ an ex­cit­ing new match play event at Miyoshi Coun­try Club in Ja­pan.

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The 52-year-old four-time ma­jor cham­pion has ac­cepted the chal­lenge to play and lead eight other women in the in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment in Aichi Pre­fec­ture on De­cem­ber 4-6. “It’s a one of a kind tour­na­ment and I’ll en­joy be­ing part of it,” said Laura, Bri­tain’s most successful golfer ever with 79 of­fi­cial ti­tles. “I love Ja­pan and that’s one of the rea­sons I wanted to go.”

The tour­na­ment in­volves teams of nine play­ers rep­re­sent­ing four of the ma­jor women’s golf tours recog­nised by the of­fi­cial world rank­ings: the Ladies Euro­pean Tour, LPGA Tour of Ja­pan, Korean LPGA Tour and Aus­tralian Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf Inc.

The open­ing two days of the three day tour­na­ment will fea­ture four­ball and four­somes match play, with eight play­ers from each team com­pet­ing each day. The fi­nal day of sin­gles match play will see all nine play­ers com­pete.

Laura, who made 12 ap­pear­ances for Europe in The Sol­heim Cup from 1990 to 2011, con­tin­ued: “As a play­ing cap­tain, you put your team out in or­der and have a bit of fun. I don’t think there’s too much in­volved and so when I was asked I said yes straight away. I can see my­self play­ing in the four­ball and I’ll drop out of the four­somes. I’ll just make sure ev­ery­one plays with some­one they get on with. When it gets to Sun­day and the sin­gles it’s like ev­ery woman for her­self and you’ve just got to get a point on the board and beat the op­po­si­tion. I think it sounds like good fun.”

LET CEO Ivan Khod­abakhsh said: “The Ladies Euro­pean Tour is de­lighted that Laura has ac­cepted the role of Cap­tain for the first edi­tion of ‘The Queens pre­sented by Kowa.’ Laura is a sport­ing icon whose pop­u­lar­ity tran­scends bor­ders and golf. We would like to thank the spon­sors, Mainichi Broad­cast­ing Sys­tems Inc. and the Kowa Com­pany Ltd, for their valuable sup­port of this new tour­na­ment. Ev­ery­one at the Ladies Euro­pean Tour is ex­tremely ex­cited to be in­volved and can­not wait for the event to tee off.”

The tour­na­ment will be broad­casted live on tele­vi­sion glob­ally on days two and three. The to­tal prize money will be an impressive 100 mil­lion yen (ap­prox­i­mately 741,525 euros). The win­ning team will take home 45 mil­lion yen (333,656 euros) plus a fur­ther 1 mil­lion yen to do­nate to the char­ity of their choice.

The nine play­ers rep­re­sent­ing the Ladies Euro­pean Tour will com­prise Laura Davies as the se­lected cap­tain, the lead­ing six el­i­gi­ble play­ers from the LET Or­der of Merit and the next two lead­ing el­i­gi­ble play­ers from the World Rank­ings. A fol­low up story will ap­pear in Is­sue # 24 of Ladies GOLF Mag­a­zine.

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