posted on April 18, 2012 15:16
Top Women Golfers Tee off at Ko Olina!
Written by Stacey Yuen Hernandez On April 17,2012
Source: Hawaii Business
A field of 144 top women golfers are in town this week to compete for a $1.7 million purse at the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina, April 18-21.
It is one of five new tournaments announced as part of the LPGA’s 2012 schedule.
The LPGA has come to the Ko Olina Golf Club
previously on nine occasions between 1990-1995 and 2006-2008. Paula Creamer is the most recent champion, defeating Jeong Jang by one stroke in 2008. Both will be returning to the course this week, along with Hawaii’s own Michelle Wie.
“We have a fantastic field,” says Jon Podany, LPGA’s chief marketing officer. “We’ll have 97 of the top 100 players from last year’s money list.”
Lotte is recognized as one of the most active golf sponsors of Korea, has achieved successful marketing in asia through the Lotte Mart KLPGA Open. Lotte's sponsership of the LPGA mark the company's first foray into global sports sponsorship out of Asia.
Lotte entered the food business in 1967 as Lotte Confectionery & Ice Cream Korea. Today it is Korea’s 5th largest business group, embracing a variety of industries including food and beverage, QSR, retail channels, tourism and hospitality, chemical, construction, manufacturing, finance and service.