Sister acts spice up inaugural LPGA team event

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The LPGA’s first official team event tees off with a pair of sister acts and a veteran Solheim Cup duo spicing up the field for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

The 72 two-woman teams will compete for a USD2 million purse at Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan, where today’s first round and tomorrow’s third round will feature an alternate-shot format and the second and fourth rounds will be best-ball.

The teams won’t go head-to-head in match-play style, instead they will play out each hole for a stroke-play score.

“I think just the anticipation of this event has been all year,” said Canadian Brooke Henderson, who will team with compatriot Alena Sharp.

“I think stepping on the first tee tomorrow there’s going to be a lot of adrenaline.”

Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn will play together and are grouped in the first and second round with US sisters Nelly and Jessica Korda.

“I’ve always wanted to play some sort of team event with my sister and what a great opportunity to be able to do that,” Jessica Korda said, adding that it’s great preparation for the Solheim Cup match play showdown with Europe for which both Kordas are already qualified.

Team Europe’s Solheim Captain Catriona Matthew and vice-captain Suzann Pettersen will play together, Pettersen returning from maternity leave for her first LPGA appearance since the Tour Championship in 2017.