Originally created 04/02/02

MCG Health System returns as sponsor of Asahi Ryokuken



Medical College of Georgia's Health System is returning as the primary corporate sponsor for the second annual Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, tournament chairman Bettis Rainsford announced Monday.

"We are pleased to welcome MCG Health System back into our sponsorship roster," Rainsford said. "In addition to their continuing sponsorship, they will provide medical coverage for the entire week as the official health care provider for the tournament."

The $1.25 million, 72-hole tournament will be held May 13-19 at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club in Edgefield County.

"We are so excited to once again be part of this truly international sporting event that showcases some of the finest female golfers in the world," said Tracy Stewart, clinical nurse specialist in Hematology/Onocology at MCG's Breast Cancer Research Center.

"We are so thankful that, again this year, the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship has chosen MCG's clinical research program in breast cancer as the main charitable beneficiary of this tournament."

With the event about 1 1/2 months away, tournament director Steve Storm said ticket sales have been steady. Storm also said 140 players have committed to play, including 20 of the top 25 leaders of the LPGA money list.

Officials are awaiting commitments from Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, Sunday's Nabisco Championship winner, and Australian Karrie Webb.

For more information or ticket information call (803) 287-7334 or visit www.augustalpga.com.

Reach Miguelangelo Hernandez at (706) 823-3304.