The LPGA eTour Live launched earlier this week
15 May 2020
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has launched the LPGA eTour Live earlier this week in an exclusive partnership with World Golf Tour (WTG) by Topgolf. The eight LPGA and Symetra Tour (Futures Tour) players who entered the match-play eSports competition started playing May 13 head-to-head in a series of seven nine-hole, online matches which will resume with a championship match on June 3.
This new eSports tournament is good news for all the golf fans around the world, which are able to enjoy the excitement of the game again even if only virtual. The first match involved Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda who played on the Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course, home to the 2022 and 2027 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Players can choose from numerous famed courses in the WGT portfolio, including the Old Course at St Andrews (host of the 2007 and 2013 AIG Women’s British Open), Oakmont Country Club (1992 and 2010 U.S. Women’s Open) and Pinehurst No. 2 (2014 U.S. Women’s Open), as well as future U.S. Women’s Open venues Erin Hills (2025), the Lake Course at The Olympic Club (2021) and Pebble Beach Golf Links (2023). All matches are streamed live at 2 P.M EDT on LPGA and Topgolf digital platforms, GOLFTV and Golf Channel’s social medias accounts.
“We are excited for this partnership with WGT and Topgolf to present an entertaining and alternative golf experience for all fans alike during a time when many are starved for competition. This new endeavor is a creative way to showcase our LPGA and Symetra Tour players in an innovative online format, thanks to WGT and its incredibly realistic video game technology”, said Brian Carrol, le LPGA’s Senior Vice Prsident of Global Media Distribution.
“With a heightened focus on offering innovative, virtual entertainment and bringing people together during this time, WGT is honored to partner with the LPGA to present these live eTour events. WGT’s ability to provide the best esports golfing platform combined with the LPGA’s unique series of competitions will create a powerful experience for players all over the world who can truly immerse themselves in the competition,” said Lincoln Silver, Vice President of Business Development for Topgolf Media.