The first of two LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments begins September 19-22 when 168 players start their quest toward membership on the 2008 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., will host the first of two sectional qualifiers.
The 168-player field will contain 69 international players from 22 countries outside the United States, as well as one player from Puerto Rico. Australia is represented by the most international players with 15, followed by Canada (10), South Korea (10) and Thailand (7). Remaining countries include Mexico (3), Sweden (3), Taiwan (3), China (2), Columbia (2) and England (2). One player represents each of the following countries: Czech Republic; France; Germany; Japan; Malaysia; New Zealand; Norway; Paraguay; Russia; Spain; South Africa; and Switzerland.