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Golf: Rich Harvest Farms to host LPGA event

Updated: February 26, 2013 6:35AM

The top women’s golfers in the world will be returning to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove in 2016.

The local gem of a golf course designed and built by owner Jerry Rich successfully hosted the 2009 Solheim Cup. Now, it will play host to the second edition of a new biennial competition known as the International Crown, officials from the LPGA announced on Thursday.

It will consist of teams of the top four players from the top eight countries in the world in four days of competition with a match play format.

“We celebrate great players from all over the world on a weekly basis, but this is the first time we’ll pit country vs. country for global bragging rights,” LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said.

Whan said the organization has been considering other possible competitions based on the success of the Solheim Cup, which pits a team from the U.S. against a team of European golfers, much like the PGA’s Ryder Cup for men.

He made the announcement at a press conference in Orlando, Fla., at the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center.

The first International Crown will be staged at Caves Valley Golf Club, just outside Baltimore, July 21-27, 2014.

Dates for the Rich Harvest event in 2016 were not announced but the site is a natural fit since the 2009 Solheim event drew more than 100,000 spectators for the three days of competition and set attendance records.

Players and countries selected for the competitions will be based on the Rolex World Rankings.

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