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More sponsors needed for LPGA Taiwan tourney: organizer

2013/10/27 20:20:23

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) A shadow has been cast on the future of the Taiwan leg of the LPGA tour as its organizer said Sunday that more sponsorship is needed to help carry the costs.

The Sunrise Golf & Country Club hosted the Oct.24-27 LPGA tournament for the third year in a row under a three-year contract with the U.S.-based LPGA.

Hsu Tien-ya, president of the Golf Association of the Republic of China and chairman of the Sunrise Group, said he hopes to see more sponsorship to share the financial burden.

"It should not be solely on my shoulders," Hsu said, but did not specify how much money he has put into the US$2-million tournament over the three-year period. Hsu said such tournaments can help boost the development of golf in Taiwan.

Norwegian Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title at the tournament, while Taiwan's Yani Tseng finished tied for 40th.

Tseng, who finished third on the Taiwan leg of the LPGA Tour last year and won the inaugural tournament in 2011, also expressed hopes of seeing similar tournaments on her home turf again.

"All players like Taiwan very much, as the fans here are all passionate," she said at a post-game press conference.

The tournament was launched at a time when Tseng was reaching a peak of her career. She was the world's No. 1 female golfer from February 2011 to March 2013. She was 25th in the Rolex Rankings when entering the tournament.

(By James Lee)