Sugar Grove course to host four-day LPGA tournament
By Matt Brennan For Sun-Times Media August 13, 2013 4:00PM
Team U.S.A. captain Beth Daniel hoists the Solheim Cup into the air following her team's victory over Europe at Rich Harvest Farm in Sugar Grove in 2009. File photo | Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 15, 2013 6:23AM
After finding success hosting the Solheim Cup in 2009, Rich Harvest Farms is on its way to hosting another major LPGA event in 2016, the International Crown.
The four-day tournament will include 32 golfers from eight different countries. The format will pit players against players, but also countries against countries. Keith Rich from Rich Harvest Farms was excited to bring the event back to Sugar Grove.
“It’s something we can all be proud of,” he said. “We want to keep it here.”
Rich was excited about the rise of women’s golf as an international sport. It will also be part of the 2016 Olympics, he said. Sixty percent of the world’s top players are from Asia, and this will increase the profile of the sport, he said.
Rich spoke with the Kane County Board after a brief video was played advertising the event. County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said he’s not a golfer but was amazed by the energy and large crowds at the Solheim Cup four years ago. The event drew 120,000 people.
He’s supportive of bringing another tournament back to the county, he said.
“It is a fantastic initiative that attracts growth and excitement and wealth back to this geographic area,” he said.