posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 05:44 AM
The biggest cheque in the history of women's golf - 268,000 - will be on offer in the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship in New Jersey this
The event will be the first official match play tournament to be played in America in half a century. The 64-strong field will come from the top 60
money-winners on the LPGA money list, the US Women's Open Champion, Japanese LPGA money list leader (at June 13), plus two special sponsors
The five-year deal between HSBC, tournament organisers International Management Group and the LPGA includes a total annual prize fund of more than
1million. The same bank sponsors the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in October, where the winner's cheque of 1million is the largest in
the sport. Ernie Els is the holder of that. Stephen Green, Group Chief Executive of HSBC Holdings plc, said: "Golf among women is experiencing equally
powerful growth, with nearly one and a half million new women players taking up the game in the US since the turn of the millennium. We are delighted
to become part of this."
World number one Annika Sorenstam commented: "I've heard what a great event the men's HSBC World Match Play is in England, so I'm really looking
forward to ours.
"I really love match play - it should be a lot of fun."
Britain's Laura Davies added: "I love the cut and thrust of match play and it really suits my game. I just hope I qualify!" The event, in which all
games will be over 18 holes, will be at the Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey.