Originally created 05/16/02

You go, girls



It's time to see what the ladies of golf can do.

With the this year's Masters Golf Tournament fading into muddy memory, the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship begins today across the river in Edgefield with an impressive field of contenders, including Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr and Laura Davies.

The 144 players will vie for $1.25 million in prize money at the stunningly scenic Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club, one of the Central Savannah River Area's best-kept secrets.

And while it's tough to find a ticket to the Masters, here's an event showcasing the world's most talented women golfers, and it's accessible to all CSRA residents. This tournament is for the rest of us.

Last September was the inaugural LPGA event at Mount Vintage, coming just days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which dampened the enthusiasm of both players and spectators. Now that the LPGA has sealed Mount Vintage in its May time slot, this event will have the debut it is due.

Although women's golf doesn't yet have the star-power of a Tiger Woods or Arnold Palmer, it's a lot of fun out on the course, and the players are more accessible.

So welcome back, ladies. It's time to tee up and show us your stuff.

For CSRA sports fans, it's time to turn out and put this tournament on the map.