Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, the world’s top female golfer, will return home in December to play in an invitational tournament for charity that will feature LPGA stars dressed, uncharacteristically, in skirts, the organizers said yesterday.
The 22-year-old has agreed to play in the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association (TLPGA) Invitational from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, which will include an 18-hole skins game on Dec. 7, the organizers said.
The combined NT$21 million purse (US$724,000) for three events will be the biggest purse ever for a TLPGA event, association president Liu Yi-chen said.
Seven other top 10 LPGA players, including Shin Ji-yai and Choi Na-yeon of South Korea, and Ai Miyazato of Japan have also been invited to play in the tournament, which is to be held at the Miramar Golf and Country Club.
Tseng and the other LPGA stars will play for NT$3 million, which will go to charity, in the skins game on Dec. 7, while a field of 80, including 20 spots reserved for Taiwanese, will compete in the main three-round tournament.
There will be a qualifying tournament next month for the invitational that will be limited to Taiwanese players.
All proceeds from ticket sales to the events in December will be donated to charity, with half going toward earthquake relief efforts in Japan and half to the development of women’s golf in Taiwan.
The Swinging Skirts, which is hosting the event, is a private organization made up of amateur men and women golfers. All its members wear skirts when they play and all competitors are expected to do the same.
The group hosted a similar event in January in which Tseng wore a red and white checkered skirt.