Swinging Skirts: 5 fast facts
Karine Icher held the lead after Day 1, and Lydia Ko is in the hunt at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. But what's with the tournament's name? Starting on Thursday and running through Sunday, the tournament is making its debut on the LPGA calendar. Here are five fast facts about the event.
1. The event is sponsored by Swinging Skirts, a private, Taiwanese nonprofit created to promote women's golf in the Asian nation and worldwide. This is the group's first event outside Taiwan.
2. The name "Swinging Skirts" is in reference to the colorful skirts and kilts worn by members on the course, who are paying homage to the game's roots. Officials will be wearing colorful kilts throughout the tournament, and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan was even spotted wearing one during Wednesday's pro-am.
3. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the LPGA and the Taiwan LPGA, marking the first LPGA co-sanctioned tournament on American soil. It features 120 LPGA players and the top 10 players on the Taiwan LPGA official money list.
4. Played at the Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, the Swinging Skirts Classic is the LPGA's first event in the Bay Area since 2010. The club has long been a supporter of women's golf, becoming one of the first in America to have no gender restriction in membership.
5. Swinging Skirts Chairman Johnson Wang's love for art will be on full display throughout the event -- sculptures are featured throughout the course.