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LPGA takes International Crown to England

The Centurion Club in England has been awarded hosting rights to the 2020 edition of the International Crown, a national team tournament for women’s golf, with the IMG agency selected to deliver the event.

The fourth edition of the biennial team match-play competition will head to Centurion Club, located to the north of London, on August 27-30, 2020. The club has previously hosted the GolfSixes tournament on the European Tour, which features men and women playing together.

Centurion has been awarded the tournament by title sponsor, US safety certification company UL, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). IMG’s current golf portfolio includes more than 30 tournaments staged annually around the globe, including two women’s major championships and the 2019 Solheim Cup, which will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said: “IMG is a very important partner to the LPGA and will do a fantastic job delivering the UL International Crown. They were the obvious choice for us and UL to ensure we build on what has been achieved to date.

“Centurion Club is a great facility and is ideally suited to the format of the tournament. The UL International Crown is one of the best global showcases in golf – period. I’m excited that we have the partners and golf venue that can take it to the next level.”

Last year, South Korea won the International Crown on home soil at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, with the USA and England finishing in a tie for second place. The 2016 edition was won by the host nation – the USA at the Merit Club in Illinois – and Spain were the inaugural champions in 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland.

Scott Evans, managing director of Centurion Club, said: “As a club we are relatively young, but we offer a high-end facility that will be in world-class condition next year. Hosting our first LPGA event is a landmark moment for us on our journey.”