MERIT CLUB LANDS THE 2016 LPGA INTERNATIONAL CROWN

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The Merit Club of Libertyville will now host the 2016 LPGA International Crown event, that had been previously scheduled for Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

Multiple sources have confirmed to Golfers on Golf.

Two weeks ago, Rich Harvest Farms Owner Jerry Rich and the LPGA agreed to part company on the hosting of the event next July. As both sides continued to grow in opposite directions on how to present the event next summer.

The Merit Club previously hosted the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open that was won by Karrie Webb of Australia. Webb played on Team Australia  in 2014 when the International Crown was first held at Caves Valley Country Club outside of Baltimore Maryland. Spain was the winning country in 2014.

It’s expected that the LPGA and the Merit Club, will make an announcement on the Crown’s new home in the short future.

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