June 17, 2012; San Francisco, CA. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Countdown

The gates to the Lake Merced Golf Club will open in about twelve hours and Bay Area fans will pour in to watch the first round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.  It’s been four long years since the Tour played an event in the Bay area but it may have been worth the wait.  The Lake Merced course is all gussied up with colorful art the Swinging Skirts brought with them from Taiwan, there’s an authentic cable car on the 18th tee, and there’s a packed field of world-class golfers ready to out-drive, out-chip, and out-putt each other.  What more could you ask for a golf tournament?

Who Are The Swinging Skirts?

The Swinging Skirts Golf Team is a private, Taiwanese non-profit organization made up of both men and women amateur golfers united by the shared goal of growing the game of golf across the globe via sponsoring top women’s golf tournaments and top female players!

The Swinging Skirts members are avid golfers who wear colorful kilts when playing the game to pay homage to one of golf’s oldest traditions, which was born hundreds of years ago at The Home of Golf: St. Andrews in Scotland.

Yani Tseng, former world number 1 and Taiwan’s top player. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The vision for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic aims to be a true celebration of Golf, Arts and Culture. It will be a world-class golf tournament featuring the top players from the LPGA, but will also showcase some of the top international talent from Taiwan.

For them, I think this is really a dream come true. . .  When they talked about having an LPGA tournament I thought they were crazy.

Yani Tseng

Tseng quickly changed her mind when she realized the Swinging Skirts involvement would showcase top Taiwanese golfers and serve as a bit of a prelude for Taiwan’s LPGA International Crown team.

Swinging Skirts art decorating Lake Merced Golf Club for Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Photo credit: Gabriel Roux.

Swinging Skirts art decorating Lake Merced Golf Club for Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Photo credit: Gabriel Roux.

At Lake Merced, the Swinging Skirts will also display their love for art, with plenty of colorful sculptures and cultural designs that will be placed throughout the course for the public to see.

Beautiful San Francisco, here we come!

Yi-Chen Liu, chairwoman of LPGA Taiwan

And the Bay Area is extending a warm welcome.  There will be plenty of San Francisco’s finest local fare, including the area’s best food trucks, area businesses and vendor displays at Lake Merced this week.

In a city with one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic hopes to be a true bridge between East and West!

The players start teeing off at 7:05am local time tomorrow and Golf Channel will join the first round in progress at 6:30pm ET.

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