LPGA Kia Classic
2017 Kia Classic At Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa
8th Annual Kia Classic Set For March 20-26
Ticket packages/volunteer signup available at www.kiaclassic.com
The eighth annual Kia Classic LPGA tournament returns to its home at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad, California from March 20-26, 2017.
The Kia Classic features a 144-player field competing for an increased purse of $1.8 million. Tournament week will feature a qualifier, practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, a Wednesday Pro-Am and four competitive rounds of play from Thursday through Sunday.
At the 2016 Kia Classic, World Number #1 ranked Lydia Ko took home the $225,000 winner’s check and an all-new Kia K900, the Official Vehicle of the LPGA, with 19-under par 269 score and 4- shot win over Inbee Park.
To purchase tickets or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.kiaclassic.com. Tickets start at just $20 for a daily ticket. The volunteer package is $70 and includes a round of golf at Aviara Golf Club. Military members and their families and children 17 & under receive free admission. Information on corporate hospitality packages, pro-am opportunities and advertising opportunities are also available at www.kiaclassic.com.
Kia Classic fans also can follow the tournament through social media. The Kia Classic’s Facebook page (search “Kia Classic”) and Twitter feed (@LPGAKiaClassic) will allow fans to keep up on pre-tournament and tournament-week news, view exclusive photos and enter various contests for the chance to win Kia Classic tickets and other prizes.
Aviara Golf Club, which was named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America, and the No.1 golf resort in San Diego according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, overlooks the beautiful Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve and is the only San Diego golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Aviara features a memorable par-72 coastal layout that stretches 7,007 yards and is uniquely sculpted through rolling hillsides, native wildflowers and plenty of bunker and water challenges. The golf club is part of the AAA Five Diamond-rated Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, which features 327 guest rooms, four on-site restaurants, full-service spa, tennis courts, fitness facility and more.
2016 Kia Classic Final Round Highlights
World No. 1 Lydia Ko (-19) held off a charging World No. 2 Inbee Park during the final round of the Kia Classic to win her first LPGA event of the 2016 season. The 4-shot victory was the 11th of Ko’s short career, including her two wins as an amateur. Ko has now won five times when she slept on a 54-hole lead and continues the dominant start to her career in just her third year on Tour.
“I started off really well and I gave myself good opportunities on 1, 2, 3, 4. I was able to make birdies on 1 and 2 and then I just kind of peeked at the leaderboard and saw Inbee was making a lot of birdies,” Ko described. “Inbee doing her Inbee things; I knew that I needed to focus up until the last moment and fortunately I made some birdies down the stretch which really helped today.”
Ko started the day with a four shot lead and looked to be running away with it before she called a penalty on herself for a double hit as she was putting off the green on 10. Inbee Park then cut Ko’s lead down to one thanks to clutch 15-foot birdie putt on 17 but Ko responded with three consecutive birdies to finish her round. The lead was just too much for Inbee to overcome.