Chicago’s Merit Club to Host 2016 UL International Crown

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The LPGA has announced that the 2016 UL International Crown will be contested at the Merit Club in Gernee, Ill. The biennial team match-play event is slated to take place July 21-24.

The original host was Rich Harvest Farms, but a mutual decision was made to relocate following reported tensions between the LPGA and Jerry Rich, the creator of Rich Harvest Farms.


The Merit Club is no stranger to big events. After opening in 1992, the suburban Chicago venue hosted the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open won by Karrie Webb. It has been ranked inside the top 100 golf courses in the United States by several publications.

Based on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, the eight countries that will compete in the second playing of the UL International Crown will be determined at the conclusion of the 2016 ANA Inspiration in April. At the end of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June, the four highest ranked players from each of the qualifying countries will make up their respective teams for the matches.

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