Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) The Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters golf tournament will be held this year at Linkou Miramar Golf Country Club in New Taipei City from Dec. 5-8, with 96 players competing for a total prize of US$1 million, the organizers said Tuesday.
The golf tournament, now in its third year, is aimed at allowing the people of Taiwan to show the world their passion for golf and setting a new trend in the sport, New Taipei Deputy Mayor Hou Yu-ih said at a press conference.
Sports Administration Director-General Ho Jow-fei noted that golf will be part of the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro and that the organizers of the World University Games are also seeking to include the sport in the 2017 Games in Taipei.
The Sports Administration, in an effort to promote golf, will double its support for the Swinging Skirts golf event by rolling out sport tours to attract more tourists from home and abroad, according to Ho.
New Taipei City's Sports Office, which is organizing the tournament, will display installations by local artist Hung Yi at the venue, a city official said.
Meanwhile, ruling Kuomintang Legislator Johnny Chiang urged the government to help develop the golf industry and nurture more golf players.
The Swinging Skirts tournament will bring together professional Taiwanese golfers such as Yani Tseng and the world's top 10 female golfers, including Susann Pettersen and Paula Creamer.
This year, for the first time, students will be admitted to watch the games free of charge once they show their student identity cards. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to charity, according to a city official. (Wang Hung-kuo and Y.L. Kao)