August 7, 2014

LPGA - International Crown Preview

Friday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27th

Course Info

Site: Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mill, Maryland

Course Architect: Tom Fazio (1991)

Par: 71

Yardage: 6,628

Hole by Hole

Front Nine:

1 - Par 4 322 Yds

2 - Par 4 428 Yds

3 - Par 3 182 Yds

4 - Par 5 544 Yds

5 - Par 4 335 Yds

6 - Par 3 180 Yds

7 - Par 4 400 Yds

8 - Par 4 404 Yds

9 - Par 4 428 yds

Back Nine: 35 3,223 Yds 36 3,405 Yds

10 - Par 4 432 Yds

11 - Par 4 347 Yds

12 - Par 5 482 Yds

13 - Par 3 168 Yds

14 - Par 4 412 Yds

15 - Par 4 425 Yds

16 - Par 5 539 Yds

17 - Par 3 187 Yds

18 - Par 4 413 Yds

Tournament Info


Television: Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (et), - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-7 p.m. (et)


Runner Up:

Tournament Record:

54-Hole Record:

36-Hole Record:

Course Record:

Total Purse:


Past Winners

2014: 1st Year of the Event. Runner up:

Top Contenders

NOTES: The best players in women's golf are in Maryland this week for the inaugural International Crown. The global team match play is the first of its kind in women's professional golf.

The competition will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches. Five of the eight countries will advance to the singles matches on Sunday based on the outcome of the four-ball matches.

Points will be awarded per match with two points for a win, one for a tie and zero for a loss. All points from the four-ball matches will carry over to Sunday and the total cumulative points for the four days of competition will be used to determine the champion.

The eight countries are divided into two pools of four teams. The United States, Thailand, Spain and Chinese Taipei are in Pool A, while Korea, Japan, Sweden and Australia are in Pool B. Each country will play two four-ball matches against the other three countries in their pool. At the conclusion of the three days of four-ball competition, the top two teams from each pool and one wild-card team will advance to the Sunday singles. Any country in third place or tied for third place in their pool will compete in a sudden-death, four-ball playoff to determine the wild-card winner. Each country will play one singles match against the other four countries. In the event of a tie after the singles matches, each country will select one player who will compete in a sudden-death playoff to determine the champion.

The final field of eight countries was determined by the combined Rolex World Rankings of the top four players from each country on November 24, 2013. Countries must have a minimum of four ranked players to be eligible. The final field of 32 players was determined on March 31, 2014, according to the Rolex World Rankings.

The United States is the top seed in the competition. Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer will represent the Americans. Lewis is the top-ranked player in the world and is the only player with three victories on the LPGA Tour this season. Thompson is ranked fifth in the world and won her first major title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. World No. 6 Michelle Wie is not on the American team because she was not one of the United States' top-4 ranked players at the qualification deadline. Wie has won twice since March 31, including the U.S. Women's Open Championship in June.

The matches are being held at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland. Caves Valley hosted the 2002 U.S. Senior Open, where Don Pooley defeated Tom Watson in a 5-hole playoff. The course also staged the 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Championship and 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships.

The 2016 International Crown will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The LPGA Tour travels to Michigan in two weeks for the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.

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