The LPGA will hold an esports competition with match play starting May 13 with eight players competing in partnership with the World Golf Tour by Topgolf. The players will play head-to-head in a series of seven nine-hole, online matches twice a week with a championship match on Wednesday, June 3.
“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,” said Brian Carroll, LPGA senior vice president of global media distribution. “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.”
The matches will stream live on the World Golf Tour and LPGA’s Twitch, YouTube and Facebook accounts. Among the courses that players will compete at virtually include Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course in Potomac, Maryland; the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland; Oakmont Country Club in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; and Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, as well as future U.S. Women’s Open venues Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the Lake Course at The Olympic Club in San Francisco and Pebble Beach Golf Links, also in California.
“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.