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Meet the golfers in the inaugural International Crown

An introduction to the 32 golfers representing 8 nations at this week's International Crown women's golf tournament at Caves Valley. 


UNITED STATES (No. 1 seed)

Paula Creamer

Age: 27

Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.

Turned Pro: 2004

Professional victories: 12

Notable: Creamer travels with her dog, Studley, who is a Coton de Tulear.

Cristie Kerr

Age: 36

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Turned Pro: 1996

Professional victories: 23

Notable: Kerr is a huge fan of wine and has her own wine with Pride Mountain Vineyards, called "Curvature Wines."

Stacy Lewis

Age: 29

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas

Turned Pro: 2008

Professional victories: 12

Notable: An Arkansas alum, Lewis led the Razorbacks football team onto the field for the final home game of the 2012 season.

Lexi Thompson

Age: 19

Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.

Turned Pro: 2010

Professional victories: 6

Notable: If golfers had a walk-up son for the first tee, Thompson's would be "Can't Be Touched," by Roy Jones Jr.


SOUTH KOREA (No. 2 seed)

Na Yeon Choi

Age: 26

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Turned Pro: 2004

Professional victories: 12

Notable: Choi said the hardest thing she's ever done was learn to swim.

I.K. Kim

Age: 26

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Turned Pro: 2006

Professional victories: 4

Notable: Kim is an avid guitar player and once played the Beatles' "Blackbird" during a Golf Channel promo shoot.

Inbee Park

Age: 26

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Turned Pro: 2006

Professional victories: 17

Notable: The first concert Park ever went to was Psy, of "Gangam Style" fame.

So Yeon Ryu

Age: 24

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Turned Pro: 2007

Professional victories: 12

Notable: In February 2013, Ryu earned a degree in Physical Education while playing on the LPGA full-time.


JAPAN (No. 3 seed)

Mamiko Higa

Age: 20

Hometown: Okinawa, Japan

Turned Pro: 2012

Professional victories: 3

Notable: When Higa turned pro two years ago, she was the sixth-youngest professional in Japan.

Ai Miyazato

Age: 29

Hometown: Okinawa, Japan

Turned Pro: 2004

Professional victories: 25

Notable: Miyazato says her most star-struck moment was meeting Tiger Woods.

Mika Miyazato

Age: 24

Hometown: Okinawa, Japan

Turned Pro: 2008

Professional victories: 3

Notable: Miyazato says the artist she listens to most frequently listens to on her iPod is Usher.

Sakura Yokomine

Age: 28

Hometown: Kagoshima, Japan

Turned Pro: 2004

Professional victories: 24

Notable: One golf writer once wrote that Yokomine's swing is similar to John Daly's.


THAILAND (No. 4 seed)

Ariya Jutanugarn

Age: 18

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Turned Pro: 2012

Professional victories: 1

Notable: Jutanugarn qualified for the 2007 Honda LPGA Thailand when she was just 11, making her the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA Tour event.

Moriya Jutanugarn

Age: 19

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Turned Pro: 2013

Professional victories: 0

Notable: Jutanugarn's favorite city is Tokyo.

Pornanong Phatlum

Age: 24

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Turned Pro: 2006

Professional victories: 10

Notable: Phatlum's brother Pornpong caddies for her on Tour. They wear matching Loudmouth apparel during each round.

Onnarin Sattayabanphot

Age: 30

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Turned Pro: 2006

Professional victories: 5

Notable: Sattayabanphot attended Purdue and earned All-Big Ten honors her junior year (2004-05).


SPAIN (No. 5 seed)

Carlota Ciganda

Age: 24

Hometown: Pamplona, Spain

Turned Pro: 2011

Professional victories: 4

Notable: Ciganda can speak four languages: English, Spanish, Euskera and some Italian.

Belen Mozo

Age: 25

Hometown: Cádiz, Spain

Turned Pro: 2010

Professional victories: 0

Notable: Last year, Mozo went to prom with Alex Notte, a Special Olympics golfer from Knoxville, Tenn., after Notte asked her through a YouTube video.

Azahara Munoz

Age: 26

Hometown: San Pedro de Alcántara, Spain

Turned Pro: 2009

Professional victories: 3

Notable: Munoz marks her ball with a coin her grandmother gave her. She says the coin is the most valuable thing she owns.

Beatriz Recari

Age: 27

Hometown: Pamplona, Spain

Turned Pro: 2005

Professional victories: 4

Notable: Recari's favorite place to travel to is Japan, and she's currently taking Japanese lessons.


SWEDEN (No. 6 seed)

Caroline Hedwall

Age: 25

Hometown: Täby, Sweden

Turned Pro: 2011

Professional victories: 8

Notable: Hedwall would love to be a contestant on "The Amazing Race."

Pernilla Lindberg

Age: 28

Hometown: Bollnäs, Sweden

Turned Pro: 2009

Professional victories: 0

Notable: Lindberg grew up a competitive skier but stopped after watching a fellow competitor break both legs during a run.

Anna Nordqvist

Age: 27

Hometown: Eskilstuna, Sweden

Turned Pro: 2008

Professional victories: 7

Notable: Nordqvist spent her first golf paycheck on a pair of Oakley sunglasses.

Mikaela Parmlid

Age: 29

Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden

Turned Pro: 2002

Professional victories: 0

Notable: Parmlid grew up on a street called Golfbanevägen, which, she says, translates to "Golf Course Street" in English.


AUSTRALIA (No. 7 seed)

Katherine Kirk

Age: 32

Hometown: Sunrise Beach, Australia

Turned Pro: 2003

Professional victories: 10

Notable: In 2007, Kirk traveled to Rwanda with Betsy King to support Golf Fore Africa.

Minjee Lee

Age: 18

Hometown: Perth, Australia

Turned Pro: Amateur

Victories: 1

Notable: Lee is the world's top-ranked amateur women's golfer.

Karrie Webb

Age: 39

Hometown: Queensland, Australia

Turned Pro: 1994

Professional victories: 57

Notable: Webb carried the Olympic Torch on the eve of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Lindsey Wright

Age: 34

Hometown: Albury, Australia

Turned Pro: 2003

Professional victories: 5

Notable: Ask Wright to tell a joke — her fellow members voted her one of the most humorous players on the LPGA Tour.


CHINESE TAIPEI (No. 8 seed)

Candie Kung

Age: 32

Hometown: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Turned Pro: 2001

Professional victories: 5

Notable: Kung grew up in Taiwan and didn't start playing golf until she moved to the United States in 1995.

Teresa Lu

Age: 26

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Turned Pro: 2005

Professional victories: 1

Notable: Lu isn't a member of the LPGA, but she won the 2013 Mizuno Classic, which is jointly sanctioned by the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and LPGA of Japan Tour.

Yani Tseng

Age: 25

Hometown: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Turned Pro: 2007

Professional victories: 27

Notable: Tseng once rode 430 miles around Taiwan by bicycle and dropped off Christmas presents to children in smaller villages.

Phoebe Yao

Age: 21

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Turned Pro: 2011

Professional victories: 1

Notable: Yao has one career win, at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic.


SOURCES:
LPGA.com, USGA.org, PurdueSports.com, ThePilot.com, mikaelaparmlid.com

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