LPGA Announces 2014 Schedule to Begin in January For First Time in 13 Years

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Second-annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will serve as season opener

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, September 25, 2013 – For the first time in 13 years, the LPGA tournament schedule will begin in January next season. The LPGA today announced that the second-annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will serve as the Tour’s season-opening event when it returns to the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, January 20-26, 2014.

“It will be great to start our season in Paradise,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “Playing in The Bahamas in an East Coast time zone will be a great way for our fans to watch our season-opening event live on Golf Channel.”

The move takes the tournament from late May to late January in advance of the Tour’s traditional February Asia-Pacific swing. In 2013, Ilhee Lee became a Rolex First-Time Winner with her victory at the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, which was rain-shortened to 36 holes.

“We are big believers in the LPGA,” said Barbasol/Pure Silk CEO Thomas Murray. “We had a tremendous inaugural tournament last May and are thrilled to have the opportunity to kick-off the LPGA season in The Bahamas.”

The last time the LPGA played an official money event in January was 2001, when three were contested during the month.

“The Bahamas are excited to be the season-opening event location for the LPGA tour in 2014.  We think there is a special relationship between golf fans and early tour events as everyone dreams of summer and imagines the joy golf will bring them,” said Mr. David Johnson, Director General of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “These are certainly emotions we are happy to be associated with in The Bahamas.  We fully expect that our weather will be picture perfect for this event and the players, and viewers, will get a good look at the attractions of our destination.  Our islands are a year-round destination for golfers and this January kick-off for the ladies golf season will surely showcase that,”

Golf Channel will feature four-day live coverage of the 72-hole, $1.3 million tournament.

“After a challenging inaugural year, we are excited to be back at the Ocean Club, preparing for the 2014 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic,” said Jeff Raedle, president of Global Golf Management, which manages the tournament. “The players, fans and television viewers will truly see the event shine to its fullest with the new date.”


About Pure Silk

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About 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 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 preclearance 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 VisittheBahamas on the web on FacebookTwitter and YouTube. To purchase one-of-a-kind items from The Bahamas, visit www.eshopbahamas.com.

About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas

Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique, ocean-themed destination located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats.  Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.  Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects.  Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants.

The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean.  Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Bobby Flay and Todd English.  The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, casino, and the largest conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.

For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; call 954-809-2000 or visit Atlantis.com.  For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.

Both low and high resolution color photography of Atlantis, Paradise Island is available at news.atlantis.com.  If you are new user to this site, please complete the online registration to be granted access to the online newsroom. Atlantis can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Atlantis and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/AtlantisResort.


About Global Golf Management

Global Golf Management is a worldwide sports event management company. With headquarters in Chicago, GGM has successfully staged more than 500 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.

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 1,700 members representing 29 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.comwww.facebook.com/lpga.officialwww.twitter.com/lpga, andwww.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

 

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Media contact:

Kraig Kann, LPGA Chief Communications Officer, kraig.kann@nulllpga.com; +1 386-274-6260

 

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