PRELIMINARY FIELD LIST INCLUDES 14 of WORLD TOP 25 in WOMEN’S GOLF
January 13, 2016, Paradise Island, Bahamas – Fourth-year LPGA player Brooke Pancake, a member of the Pure Silk promotional team, accepted a sponsor invitation to compete in the fourth annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, tournament officials announced today.
Pancake, 24, of Chattanooga, Tenn., joins Bahamas native Georgette Rolle in receiving a sponsor exemption into the $1.4 million purse tournament scheduled for January 25-31 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Resort. Rolle, 30, earned her exemption by winning the Bahamas Golf Federation Qualifier in December. She competed in the 2014 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that I will be playing in the first tournament of the new season,” said Pancake, who will be looking to break through for her first career victory. She finished tied for 38th place last year at the Ocean Club with rounds of 67-71-76-75—289. “I’m looking forward to a great event. I love the golf course, and Pure Silk-Bahamas puts on a quality tournament. They treat us so well. I can’t wait to get there.”
An All-American in 2012 at the University of Alabama, Pancake has recorded five top-25 finishes in her career, though none last year as she underwent a series of changes in her game. She is ready to get her 2016 season started right. “I made some tweaks, improved on a few things, but also worked on the things that got me out there on tour,” she said.
Pancake and Rolle will be among 108 professionals in the field that already includes 14 of the top 25 in the world. Included are five top-10 players in the Rolex Rankings: No. 2 Inbee Park, No. 3 Stacy Lewis, No. 4 Lexi Thompson, No. 7 Sei Young Kim, the defending champion, and No. 9 Hyo-Joo Kim.
This year’s Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic is the season-opening event on the LPGA’s 2016 calendar. Golf Channel will provide 10 hours of live coverage beginning on Thursday, January 28th from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EST. Live second-round coverage on Friday, Jan. 29 also is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., while live coverage of the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday will air 3-5 p.m. Winner of the 2015 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, Kim defeated Ariya Jutanugarn and Sun Young Yoo in a sudden-death playoff last year.
Applications for media credentials are still being accepted. Media organizations can log into lpgamediacredentials.com to make requests. A completed application is not a guarantee of credential approval. For more tournament information, contact the Tournament Office at +1 242 601 7351 or visit www.puresilkbahamasclassic.com.
The official name of the tournament is the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. For more information, visit www.puresilkbahamasclassic.com, www.facebook.com/PureSilkBahamasLPGA, www.instagram.com/BahamasLPGA, or follow the action on www.twitter.com/PureSilkLPGA.
About Pure Silk
Pure Silk is the “Official Rich & Luxurious Shave Cream of the LPGA” and sponsors a roster of talented professional golfers on the LPGA Tour. Pure Silk moisturizing shave creams provide the smoothest, most touchable skin without irritation. The rich lather contains ingredients that give you a closer, longer lasting shave for legs that look and feel like Pure Silk. Available in seven aloe-infused, deliciously scented varieties, shaving with Pure Silk is the easiest way to love your legs! Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide. For more information, visit www.Pure-Silk.com, www.facebook.com/puresilkshavecream or follow us on twitter via www.twitter.com/puresilkshave.
About The Islands of The Bahamas
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with pre-clearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To purchase one-of-a-kind items from The Bahamas, visit www.eshopbahamas.com.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 28 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
About Global Golf Management
Global Golf Management is a worldwide sports event management company. With headquarters in Chicago, GGM has successfully staged more than 750 events on five continents since its inception in 1989. GGM specializes in professional golf tournament production but also handles corporate outings and other golf-related event ventures. For more information, visit www.GlobalGolfManagement.com or www.twitter.com/GlobalGolfMgmt.
Dave Shedloski, Media Official, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Shedloski@nullgmail.com +1 740-501-2265
Mike Harmon, Global Golf Management, email@example.com; +1 205-281-6704