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Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Comes to Daly City April 21-27

The inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is coming to Daly City.  The 144-player women’s professional golf tournament will be held at Lake Merced Golf Club April 21-27, 2014, marking the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s (LPGA) first return to the Bay Area since 2010.  This official LPGA event will be the first ever LPGA co-sanctioned tournament on American soil, collaborating with the Taiwan LPGA to showcase some of the top international talent from around the globe.  The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic field will feature 122 LPGA golfers as well as 22 players from Taiwan.

Residents should expect an increase in visitors to Daly City throughout the tournament, with the largest crowds expected Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.  Due to the limited parking available at the Lake Merced Golf Club, spectators driving to the event will be directed to park at the Colma BART Station, Pacific Plaza, and Westlake Park.  Heavier than normal traffic is expected near the off-site parking locations during the tournament.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Executive Director Kevin Hopkins said. “We intend to make this a fixture on the Bay Area golf calendar for many years, and we invite the great sports fans to come to Lake Merced Golf Club to support the event as a fan or volunteer.”

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Golf fans looking for the most behind-the-scenes, up-close and personal tournament experience are encouraged to join the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic as a volunteer.  The volunteer package includes a tournament polo shirt, outerwear piece and hat, grounds admission for tournament week (Wednesday through Sunday), breakfast in the volunteer tent and free food and beverage vouchers for use during working shifts. For more volunteer information or to apply to become a volunteer, please visit

“I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to play in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic so close to home, in front of my friends and family during my final year on the LPGA,” said World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, a Los Altos resident. “As a local, I am aware of the large, loyal and knowledgeable group of golf fans we have here, and I think the players are really going to enjoy Lake Merced Golf Club. I would like to call on all golf fans in the region to come out and support the tournament and show the LPGA that the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic will be one of the most vibrant events on Tour.”

The mission of the Taiwan-based Swinging Skirts Golf Team is to grow women’s golf and the golf industry in Taiwan. In addition to staging the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters (Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Tour co-sanctioned event), the Swinging Skirts Golf Team has conducted the “Dream Chasing Cup” throughout northern, central and southern Taiwan to help lay the for Taiwanese junior golfers to make it to the international stage.

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