THURGOONA’S Lindsey Wright will be part of Australia’s four women team in the inaugural LPGA International Crown this week.
After two decades of watching US and European women golfers play for the Solheim Cup, Australia and their top worldwide rivals finally have their chance at a team title.
The event will begin on Thursday at Baltimore’s Caves Valley Golf Club, with eight teams of four women seeking global bragging rights and the richest share of $A1.73 million in prizemoney.
Former world No.1 and seven-time major winner Karrie Webb leads the Australian squad, comprising top-ranked amateur Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk and Wright.
They’ve been grouped with South Korea, which features former world number ones Choi Na-Yeon and Park In-Bee, Japan and Sweden.
Taiwan leads the other group, headed by five-time major champion Tseng Ya-Ni, alongside Spain, Thailand and the overall top-seed United States.
Wright comes into the tournament of her best effort of the year — a T7 in Ohio on the LPGA tour last weekend.
“She’s such a talented young player. She’s fearless.
“Karrie’s Karrie — she’s a legend in her own right. And Kat and I are both playing well.
“To be honest, I was concerned about myself because it’s been a struggle to put scores on the board, but I’ve been hitting the ball well and putting well.
“So now I’m starting to putt well and I love team competition, so I’m excited.”