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Rich: New international LPGA event coming to Rich Harvest Farms

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 6:52 p.m. CDT

Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich has confirmed to the Chronicle Thursday's announcement of a biennial international LPGA event that likely will incorporate Asian players and be held at the Sugar Grove golf course in even-numbered years beginning in 2016.

The event, which officially will open at a site to be determined in 2014, will complement the Solheim Cup, which pits teams of American and European players and was held at Rich Harvest Farms in the summer of 2009.

Rich since has spoken of a venture that would highlight the truly global scope of the women's game. In 2012, seven of the LPGA’s top 10 money winners hailed from Asian countries.

Rich withheld further details until this afternoon's announcement at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Central time. The announcement will be carried live online at www.ustream.tv/lpga, with a recap show set for broadcast on The Golf Channel at 6 p.m.

Rich, who plans to travel to Orlando today, began laying groundwork for the project as the Solheim Cup – held biennially in odd-numbered years – came to a close nearly four years ago.

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