KirkwoodGolf: Press Release

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Press Release


HSBC, founded in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 1865 and one of the world’s largest financial services organisations, has created Asia’s most significant women’s professional golf tournament, the HSBC Women’s Champions, which will take place in Singapore from February 28 to March 2 next year.
Following the enormous success of the men’s HSBC Champions, established in 2005 in Shanghai, and already referred to by many of the players as ‘Asia’s Major’, HSBC have created a similar event for the world’s best women golfers.
The qualification criteria mirrors that of the men’s HSBC Champions, with winners from around the world invited to compete for the coveted “Champion of Champions” title. Winners on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour, leading money winners from the Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association (JLPGA), Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour, Ladies European Tour (LET), Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG), Duramed FUTURES Tour, Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and the top player from the continent of Africa will qualify, making this the most international and impressive women’s field ever assembled in Asia.
The inaugural HSBC Women’s Champions will boast a prize money of US$2 million (US$300,000 to the winner), the largest purse for a women’s event in Asia, and will be played at the prestigious Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. Tanah Merah has already hosted a number of top class professional events including the Singapore Open, the Johnnie Walker Classic and the LPGA-sanctioned Lexus Cup in 2005 and 2006.
The HSBC Women’s Champions, sanctioned by the LPGA, will be played over 72 holes of individual stroke play. The field will be restricted to 78 golfers.