The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today that Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Songdo International Business District, Incheon, Korea - site of The Presidents Cup 2015 - has been selected as the host course for the 2018 UL International Crown, when the biennial team match-play competition will be played outside the United States for the first time.
The announcement was made at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., on the eve of the second staging of the UL International Crown. UL CEO and President Keith Williams, LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club General Manager Joon-Hee Lee, Gale International Executive Vice President Tom Murcott and major champion and two-time Team Korea team member at the Crown So Yeon Ryu were on hand to make the announcement.
“After receiving an overwhelming amount of interest from prospective hosts, we are pleased to announce that we will be playing at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in 2018,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “We are looking forward to working with the JNGCK staff, who has extensive experience in hosting premier golf competitions, to put on a terrific event.”
The UL International Crown, which was first played in 2014, features the best female golfers from the top eight countries across the globe, based on the combined Rolex World Ranking of the top-four players representing their respective country. The first playing of the event was at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md., where Team Spain triumphed as the inaugural champions.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, which is located 40 miles west of Seoul in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, the country’s largest development zone, was developed by New York-based Gale International and POSCO E&C. The facility opened in September 2010. In addition to staging The Presidents Cup the first time the prestigious event was played in Asia, the club has also hosted prominent international events including the Songdo Championship on the Champions Tour in 2010 and 2011 and the 2012 Korea Women’s Open on the LPGA of Korea (KLPGA). The 2016 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, which is conducted in partnership between the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A, will be staged at JNGCK this October, with the winner receiving an automatic invitation to the 2017 Masters Tournament.