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GOLF: Taiwan’s Swinging Skirts becomes official tourney

CNA, with Staff writer

Taiwan’s Swinging Skirts golf tournament has become an official leg for both the Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association (TLPGA) and the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Tour (KLPGT) after the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation on Thursday.

Since the Swinging Skirts event, which used to be an invitational, has become an official tourney, all participating players will be awarded with official world ranking points, said the TLPGA, the organizer of the event.

“It gives me great pleasure to see more and more international golf tournaments being staged in Taiwan,” TLPGA chairwoman Liu Yi-chen said at the signing ceremony in Taipei.

The tournament will not only expand fans’ horizons, but also provide local players with the opportunity of playing alongside the world’s elite players, she added.

The signing ceremony also marked the beginning of closer exchanges between the LPGA and KLPGT, the organizer said.

This year, the second annual Swinging Skirts will feature top LPGA golfers, such as the world’s top female golfer, Yani Tseng of Taiwan, South Korea’s Choi Na-yeon, Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Americans Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, the TLPGA said.

A charity skins game will be held on Dec. 6, followed by a 54-hole event played by 95 players over three rounds on Dec. 7 to 9.

The tournament, which has a total purse of US$1 million, will be held at the Miramar Golf and Country Club in Linkou, New Taipei City.

Swinging Skirts is a private organization made up of both men and women amateur golfers. Unlike the pros, its members wear skirts or kilts when they play, and all competitors, caddies and course referees are expected to do the same during the tournament.

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