I just learned that the 'Ladies Asian Tour' has come up with a new event that pits teams of four female golfers from 16 different countries in the Asian/Pacific rim. The format is a 54-hole stroke play event; all the scores will be added together to determine the winners. The event takes place in Indonesia starting August 18th.
What's interesting is that they have already attracted some big names to compete. Korea's team is Bo Mee Lee, So Yeon Ryu, Hyo Joo Kim and amateur You Min Hwang (!). Japan's Hinako Shibuno and Lydia Ko will rep Japan and New Zealand respectively. There's a US team, too, and Yealimi Noh will be on it.
I've read that there will be a purse of $500,000 for individual results and $250,000 for group/country finishers, but exactly how this will divide up is not clear.
The above article, which is older, suggests that the team portion might not be strictly by country and might be teams of two? If so, that would explain how Lydia was going to find three teammates from New Zealand -- she doesn't need to.
Also intriguing is the final paragraph:
The Asia Pacific Cup is part of the ambitious new money-spinning Ladies Asian Tour Series of tournaments that began last month and will include events in South Korea in September and Singapore in December.
The circuit aims to expand to seven tournaments in Asia in 2023 and 10 for the 2024 season.
This is a new tour that might directly compete with the KLPGA in Korea? Shots fired!
P.S. I have yet to find any website for this tour or any indication of what the events that have already been played were, who played or the results.' If anyone else does, let us know!
The Asia Golf Leaders Forum’s (AGLF) goal to drive women’s golf in the region remains firmly on track with the new Ladies Asian Tour (LAT) golf ranking system ready to be rolled out.
At the end of the season, the player with the best score in the LAT Series ranking system will be crowned the LAT Series ‘Asian Player of the Year’ and aptly nicknamed the ‘Asian Golf Queen’.
The award, which will be presented at a year-end forum with the participation of all AGLF members, will also share the stage with other accolades such as biggest prize money won, best scoring average, longest drive and rookie-of-the-year.
Did this actually happen last year? Who won? Min Ji?
It looks like the AGLF is not a tour per se, it's a loose association of existing tours that bands together to create a special series of events. The KLPGA and KGA are part of the association, so they are not competing with the AGLF. In fact, it seems like certain events that are already on the KLPGA will be part of this series. Stay tuned, this is all still not well spelled out but should become clearer as the Indonesian event draws near.
I was thinking about going, but now probably will not. For me, Jakarta is only a short 2-hr flight away, but getting around there is a pain. Still a small chance...I assume there will be few fans, and would be fun to see Lydia, Soyeon, Shibuno, Bomee, Yealimi, Tiffany Chan, Jaravee Boonchant, etc.
The link above has a summary on the venue ... it goes in a big circle around a housing complex, similar to what I saw at Raven's Claw GC in 2018.
There's a YouTube button on the website homepage ... I assume we'll be able to watch it that way.
The tournament website is not clear if all the teams are set ... you would think they are at this late date. Dr. Noh will have to do a lot of heavy lifting with Eimi Koga ... and maybe vice-versa. For Oz, Karis Davidson is with Gaby Ruffels (spelled 'Ruffuls' on the website). China has Mini Ting Ting and Xiang Sui. There's an amateur on Team Japan named Kiriko Shibuno ... related to Shibuno Fever?
Considering that the MGA (Malaysian Golf Association) is picking their team, it's no surprise that the EMP isn't invited. They're obviously still holding the alleged "inappropriate remarks" against her.
Instead they're going with Inkster Award winner Natasha Oon and Epson scrub Alyaa Abdulghany.
The team captain is listed as someone named "Sara"...no last name.