The LET Team at The Queens presented by Kowa at Miyoshi Country Club in Japan, on Wednesday 30th November 2016. Top row left to right: Linda Wessberg (SWE); Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DEN); Trish Johnson (ENG); Florentyna Parker (ENG) and Catriona Matthew (SCO). Bottom row left to right: Becky Morgan (WAL); Georgia Hall (ENG); Isabelle Boineau (FRA) and Nuria Iturrios (ESP)

Four Teams – One Crown: who will reign at The Queens?

The 36 players representing four of the world’s top female golf tours in the second playing of The Queens presented by Kowa, arrived at Miyoshi Country Club outside Nagoya in Japan on Tuesday in anticipation of Friday’s start to the annual team match play competition.

Players, new and returning alike, expressed their excitement to participate in the 2016 edition of this unique tournament, being contested by four teams of nine players from the Ladies European Tour, the Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan (JLPGA), Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) and Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG).

“I think it’s going to be one of the best weeks in my life!” said Ladies European Tour rookie Nuria Iturrios (below).

29/11/2016 Ladies European Tour 2016: The Queens presented by Kowa, Miyoshi Country Club, Aichi, Nagoya Japan. 2-4 December. Nuria Iturrios of Spain during a practice round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Florentyna Parker said: “It was my goal at the beginning of the year to qualify for the team so I’m really pleased that I managed to do that. We are all very excited for this week and most of us haven’t been to Japan before, so it’s great to be here and to be able to play an exciting format and be a team for a week.”

Linda Wessberg said: “I’m very excited because it’s been a while since I’ve played team competition. We have the annual Swedish team matchplay championship where you represent your club but other than that it was The 2007 Solheim Cup.”

Nanna Koerstz Madsen (below), who has returned for her second appearance, added: “It feels good to be back. I really like the tournament, it’s a great set-up and the course is good. I really enjoy playing as a team. I think we have a better team spirit, which can make all the difference.”

29/11/2016 Ladies European Tour 2016: The Queens presented by Kowa, Miyoshi Country Club, Aichi, Nagoya Japan. 2-4 December. Nanna Madsen of Denmark during a practice round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Becky Morgan said: “I think everyone is really up for it. The Japanese and Korean teams look good on paper but if we’re enthusiastic and give it our all, I think we’ve got a good chance.”

Georgia Hall said: “I think we have a great chance of winning because we’re all playing well and we all get along. We are all excited for the week and I’m excited to play as part of a team, because golf is so individual. It’s nice to be all as one, wanting each other to do well.”

29/11/2016 Ladies European Tour 2016: The Queens presented by Kowa, Miyoshi Country Club, Aichi, Nagoya Japan. 2-4 December. Isabelle Boineau of France during a practice round. Credit: Tristan Jones

 

The Teams

 

Ladies European Tour (LET)

10/09/2016 Ladies European Tour 2016: ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, Golf Club Hubbelrath, Dusseldorf 8-11 September. Trish Johnson of England. Credit: Tristan Jones

Trish Johnson (England) – Captain

Country                                   England

Residence                                Swindon

Born                                        17/01/1966

Turned Professional                 1987

Career Victories (last)             23 (Legends Championship)

Solheim Cups                          8

Best Results of 2016:               T9 Lalla Meryem Cup, T11 Costa del Sol Andalucia Open de

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Isabelle Boineau (France)

Country                                   France

Residence                                Marseille

Born                                        13/06/1989

Turned Professional                 2013

Career Victories (last)             1 (2016 – Scotland)

Best Results of 2016:               1st Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, T5 Lalla Meryem Cup, T9 Lacoste Ladies Open de France

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Georgia Hall (England)

Country                                   England

Residence                                Bournemouth

Born                                        12/04/1996

Turned Professional                 2014

Career best finish                     T3rd (2016 – Spain)

Best Results of 2016:               2nd Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, 3rd Costa del Sol Andalucia Open de Espana, 4th Lacoste Ladies Open de France

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Nuria Iturrios (Spain)

Country                                   Spain

Residence                                Mallorca

Born                                        16/12/1995

Turned Professional                 2016

Career Victories (last)             1 (2016 – Morocco)

Best Results of 2016:               1st Lalla Meryem Cup, T14 Lacoste Ladies Open de France, T15 Qatar Ladies Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Denmark)

Country                                   Denmark

Home town                              Smoerum

Born                                        23/10/1994

Turned professional                 2015

Joined Tour                             2015

Career Victories (last)             1 (2016 – Czech Republic)

Best Results of 2016:               1st Tipsport Golf Masters, T2nd ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open, 4th Qatar Ladies Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

 

Catriona Matthew (Scotland)

Country                                    Scotland

Home town                               North Berwick

Born                                         25/8/1969

Turned Professional                  1995

Career Victories (last)               10 (2013 – Scotland)

Solheim Cups                           8

Best Results of 2016:               T5th Ricoh Women’s British Open, T9th Australian Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

 

Becky Morgan (Wales)

Country                                   Wales

Residence                                Port St Lucie, Florida

Born                                        05/09/1974

Turned Professional                 2000

Career Best Finish                    2nd (2015 – India)

Best Results of 2016:               T3rd Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, 4th Buick Championship, T9th World Ladies Championship

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Florentyna Parker (England)

Country                                   England

Residence                                Hamburg

Born                                        20/06/1989

Turned Professional                 2009

Career Victories (last)             2 (2014 – Italy)

Best Results of 2016:               2nd Lalla Meryem Cup, T2nd Lacoste Ladies Open de France, 5th Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana and Hero Women’s Indian Open, T6th Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, T8th Buick Championship, T9th Qatar Ladies Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Linda Wessberg (Sweden)

Country                                   Sweden

Residence                                Gothenburg

Born                                        13/06/1980

Turned Professional                 2003

Career Victories (last)             3 (2009 – Austria)

Solheim Cups                          1

Best Results of 2016:               2nd Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, T4th Tipsport Golf Masters, T9th Qatar Ladies Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan (JLPGA)

(Rankings from LPGA of Japan money list)

06/12/2015. Ladies European Tour 2015.The QUEENS presented by KOWA, Miyoshi Country Club, Miyoshi City, Japan. December 4-6. Ritsuko Ryu of Japan during the Sunday singles matches. Credit: Tristan Jones

Ritsuko Ryu – Captain

Date of birth: 4/11/1987

Career victories: 5

Ranking: 3 (LPGA of Japan money)

Best Results of 2016: NITORI Ladies Golf tournament: 1st

NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf tournament: 1st

Itonen Ladies Golf tournament: 2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Ai Suzuki

Date of birth: 9/5/1994

Career victories: 3

Ranking: 4

Best Results of 2016: LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup: 1st

Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open: 1st

NOBUTA Group Masters GC Ladies: T2nd

Itonen Ladies Golf tournament: 2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Erika Kikuchi

Date of birth: 12/7/1988

Career victories: 2

Ranking: 8

Best Results of 2016: Studio Alice Ladies Open: 1st

Century 21 Ladies Golf Tournament: T2nd

Nipponham Ladies Classic: T2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Ayaka Watanabe

Date of birth: 19/9/1993

Career victories: 3

Ranking: 12

Best Results of 2016: World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup: 2nd

T-point Ladies Golf tournament: T2nd

Nichirei Ladies: T3rd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Kotone Hori

Date of birth: 3/3/1996

Ranking: 10

Best Results of 2016: Japanese Women’s Open Golf Championship: 2nd

Fujitsi Ladies: 3rd

Toto Japan Classic: T3rd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Yumiko Yoshida

Date of birth: 28/4/1987

Career victories: 5

Ranking: 17

Best Results of 2016: Nipponham Ladies Classic: T2nd

Suntori Ladies Open: T2nd

AXA Ladies Golf tournament: T3rd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Yukari Nishiyama

Date of birth: 20/6/1982

Career victories: 1

Ranking: 15

Best Results of 2016: Samantha Thavassa Girls Collection Ladies tournament: T3rd

Nichirei Ladies: T3rd

Daikin Orchid Ladies golf tournament: T3rd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Megumi Shimokawa

Date of birth: 31/5/1983

Ranking: 22

Best Results of 2016: LPGA Championship Konic Minolta Cup: T2nd

Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship: T4th

Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Championship: T5th

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Shiho Oyama

Date of birth: 25/5/1977

Career victories: 17

Ranking: 21

Best Results of 2016: Fujisakei Ladies Classic: 1st

LPGA Championship Konic Minolta Cup: T2nd

Olympic Golf: 42nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

 

Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA)

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Jiyai Shin – Captain

Date of birth: 28/4/1988

Career victories: 37

Ranking: 2

Best Results of 2016: Hisako Higuchi Mitsubishi Electric Ladies Golf Tournament: 1st

Nichirei Ladies: 1st

Hokan No Madoguchi Ladies: 1st

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Jin Young Ko

Date of birth: 7/7/1995

Career victories: 7

Ranking: 2

Best Results of 2016: KG-Edaily Ladies Open: 1st

BMW Ladies Championship: 1st

HITE Jinro Championship: 1st

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Su Yeon Jang

Date of birth: 15/9/1994

Career victories: 2

Ranking: 3

Best Results of 2016: NH Investment and Secuities Ladies Championship: 1st

Lotte Mart Women’s Open: 1st

Dusan Matchplay Championship: 3rd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Seon Woo Bae

Date of birth: 1/3/1994

Career victories: 2

Ranking: 5

Best Results of 2016: Isugroup 38th KLPGA Championship: 1st

E1 Charity Open: 1st

Kia Motors 30th Korea Women’s Open Golf Championship: 3rd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Seung Hyun Lee

Date of birth: 9/4/1991

Career victories: 5

Ranking: 4

Best Results of 2016: HONMA Golf-Seokyung Ladies Classic: 1st

MY Moonyoung Championship: 1st

Lotte Mart Women’s Open: 2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Min Sun Kim

Date of birth: 9/2/1995

Career victories: 3

Ranking: 8

Best Results of 2016: OKSavingsBank Se Ri Pak Invitational: 1st

KG-Edaily Ladies Open: 2nd

NEXEN-Saint 9 Masters: 2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Jeongmin Cho

Date of birth: 26/11/1994

Career victories: 2

Ranking: 9

Best Results of 2016: CAIDO MBC Plus Ladies Open presented by LIS: 1st

The Dalat at 1200 Ladies Championship: 1st

Hite Jinro Championship: 2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Hae Rym Kim

Date of birth: 8/9/1989

Career victories: 2

Ranking: 6

Best Results of 2016: KB Financial Group STAR Championship: 1st

Kyochon Honey Ladies Open: 1st

HighOne Resort Ladies Open: 2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Hee Won Jung

Date of birth: 17/2/1991

Career victories: 1

Ranking: 10

Best Results of 2016: KB Financial Group STAR Championship: 2nd

MiraeAsset Daewoo Classic: 2nd

MY Moonyoung Queens Park Championship: 2nd

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG)

*Australian nationality unless stated

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Rachel Hetherington – Captain

Date of birth: 23/4/1972

Career victories: 12

Ranking: 5

Best Results of 2016: Northern Beaches Classic: T8th, Mossvale Classic: T11th, Mulpaha Norwest ALPG Pro-Am: T12th

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Su Oh

Date of birth: 23/5/1996

Career victories: 2

Ranking: 3

Best Results of 2016: T6th Oates Victorian Open

Olympic golf:

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Sarah Jane Smith

Date of birth: 8/7/1984

Ranking: 10

Best Results of 2016: 25th RACV Ladies Masters

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Katherine Kirk

Date of birth: 26/2/1982

Career victories: 7

Ranking: 12

Best Results of 2016: 17th RACV Ladies Masters

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Stacey Keating

Date of birth: 21/6/1986

Career victories: 3

Ranking: 2

Best Results of 2016: T18th RACV Ladies Masters

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Sarah Kemp

Date of birth: 7/12/1985

Career victories: 9

Ranking: 7

Best Results of 2016: 2nd Oatlands Ladies Pro-Am, 10th ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Whitney Hillier

Date of birth: 1/12/1990

Ranking: 4

Best Results of 2016: 10th ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2015 & 2016

Cathryn Bristow (New Zealand)

Date of birth: 14/11/1984

Career victories: 3

Ranking: 5

Best Results of 2016: Northern Beaches Classic: 1st

T6th Oates Victorian Open

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

Lauren Hibbert

Date of birth: 16/9/1988

Ranking: 8

Best Results of 2016: 2nd MT Broughton Ladies Classic

The Queens presented by Kowa: 2016

 

29/11/2016 Ladies European Tour 2016: The Queens presented by Kowa, Miyoshi Country Club, Aichi, Nagoya Japan. 2-4 December. A picture of the lake in front of the par 3 8th hole. Credit: Tristan Jones

Course: West Course, Miyoshi Country Club, Aicha Prefecture, Japan

6,500 yards, par 72

Hole 1: 405 yard par-4

Hole 2: 520 yard par-5

Hole 3: 400 yard par-4

Hole 4: 385 yard par-4

Hole 5: 155 yard par-3

Hole 6: 365 yard par-4

Hole 7: 470 yard par-5

Hole 8: 170 yard par-3

Hole 9: 380 yard par-4

Hole 10: 410 yard par-4

Hole 11: 405 yard par-4

Hole 12: 525 yard par-5

Hole 13: 185 yard par-3

Hole 14: 365 yard par-4

Hole 15: 500 yard par-5

Hole 16: 140 yard par-3

Hole 17: 335 yard par-4

Hole 18: 385 yard par-4