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The Asahi Ryokuken International Championship was a golf tournament for professional female golfers that was part of the LPGA Tour from 2001 through 2004. It was played at the Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club in North Augusta, South Carolina.

The first major professional golf tournament owned by African Americans Larry and John Fridie. The brothers partnered with Japanese-American Cappy Harada. They selected Mount Vintage Golf course in North Augusta, South Carolina as the official home of the tournament. In partnership with Bettis Rainsford the owner of Mt. Vintage they partnered and conducted the first tournament just days after 9/11 2001. Cappy Harada introduced Asahi Ryokuken of Japan as the official sponsor of the 1.2 million dollar prize for the winner. The tournament was broadcast on ESPN. The last tournament was held in October 2004. Tina Fischer of Germany was the first winner


Year Champion Country Score Purse Winner's
2004 Liselotte Neumann  Sweden 273 (-15) $1,000,000 $150,000
2003 Rosie Jones  United States 273 (-15) $1,300,000 $195,000
2002 Janice Moodie  Scotland 273 (-15) $1,250,000 $187,500
2001 Tina Fischer  Germany 206 (-10) $1,200,000 $180,000

The 2001 tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to rain.

Tournament record

Year Player Score Round
2001 Kim Williams 65 (-7) 3rd round
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