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Sources: LPGA Finalizing Olympic-Style Event With Navistar As Presenting Sponsor
Published November 2, 2011
CHANCE TO GROW THE GAME GLOBALLY: Golf Channel’s Erik Kuselias said the proposed event "could be quickly more popular than an event like the Solheim Cup that has great tradition and history, but only really has two teams." Kuselias: "If I’m Asian and I live in Asia, I don’t really care much about the Solheim Cup. You’re making it more inclusive, you’re making it more global, you’ve given me more teams, you’ve given this thing more juice. I really think there is no downside here.” Golf Channel's Gary Williams noted No. 1-ranked player Yani Tseng would play for Team Taiwan, whose "next highest ranked player" is ranked 89th. Williams: "They've got to round out a team of four. Norway (has) the second ranked player in the world. You know what their next ranked player is? Outside the top 100. Conceptually I like it. I love team competitions.” Kuselias: "The conceptual idea is that we'll have country verses country, and it’s not just two teams but eight, and you could have all the best players in the world playing on nationalistic pride against others playing for nationalistic pride. That's sexy to me and I like that” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 11/2).
GOLF ON THE WEST COAST: In California, Marc Figueroa noted the LPGA announced last week “the return of the Kia Classic to La Costa Resort and Spa in 2012,” and the tour will make “its return to the storied resort March 19-25 after a one-year absence.” Tournament Dir Dennis Baggett said, “My goal is to re-establish the LPGA and our event in North County and show people that this is our home. We want to be here for the long term. San Diego is a great market for us to be in." Kia Motors America has a sponsorship agreement with the LPGA “that runs through 2012” (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 11/2).