Big plans for China LPGA Tour

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 December, 2008, 12:00am

The China LPGA Tour will start next year with the aim to stage 20 tournaments annually within five years, the China Golf Association (CGA) has announced. Eight events, starting in April or May, are tentatively scheduled for next year. They will incorporate the four existing Orient Masters Tour events and culminate in the fourth edition of the season-ending China Ladies Open. Zhao Xiaoning, CGA secretary-general, said the new tour represented another chapter in the development of golf across China. 'We believe these events will popularise golf, especially ladies golf. We believe our tournaments and prize money will increase gradually.'