FOUR OF TOP 10 PLAYERS IN THE WORLD COMPETING IN SEASON OPENER
January 18, 2017, Paradise Island, Bahamas – Ariya Jutanugarn, the No. 2 player in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, and Hyo Joo Kim, the defending champion, headline the final commitment list for the fifth edition of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Jan. 23-29 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Resort.
The final field of 108 players will be completed after two spots are awarded from Monday’s 18-hole qualifier at the Ocean Club.
Four of the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings and 10 of the top 20 from the 2016 LPGA money list are entered. In addition to Jutanugarn, the other top 10 players in the field are No. 5 Lexi Thompson of the United States, No. 6 Sei Young Kim of South Korea (the 2015 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic winner) and No. 8 Brooke Henderson of Canada.
Jutanugarn, a native of Thailand, won a tour-leading five titles in her second LPGA season, not only beating World No. 1 Lydia Ko for player of the year, but also capturing the Race to the CME Globe title and topping the season money list. Among her five victories was her first major title at the RICOH Women’s British Open.
Hyo Joo Kim shot a closing 7-under 66 last year at the Ocean Club to beat Sei Young Kim, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis by two strokes for her third LPGA title with an 18-under 274 total. Jessica Korda and Ilhee Lee, who won this event in 2014 and 2013, respectively, also return.
The field also includes sponsor invite Natalie Gulbis and Bahamas native Georgette Rolle, who won the Bahamas qualifier in December to earn her fourth berth in the tournament.
“The course is in excellent condition, the field is just about set, and we are looking forward to the fifth edition of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic,” said Emily Norell, Tournament Director. “The tournament has solidified over 400 volunteers and our success in the local community provides a platform for us to welcome the top 108 female golfers in the world and kick off the LPGA season in paradise. Our sponsorship remains strong and our partners Pure Silk, The Islands of The Bahamas and Atlantis, always put on a first-class show. Record crowds are to be expected, and we are ready.”
A reminder to all news outlets that deadline for media credential applications is Friday, Jan. 20. Media organizations can log into lpgamediacredentials.com to make requests. For more tournament information, contact the Tournament Office at +1 242 677 6470 or visit www.puresilkbahamasclassic.com.
About Pure Silk
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About the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
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 700 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
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Mike Harmon, Global Golf Management,
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FINAL COMMITMENT LIST
2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic 1/17/2017
|Marina Alex||Megan Khang||Sadena Parks|
|Brittany Altomare||Hyo Joo Kim||Maria Parra|
|Amy Anderson||Sei Young Kim||Katherine Perry|
|Laetitia Beck||Katherine Kirk||Pornanong Phatlum|
|Katie Burnett||Joanna Klatten||Gerina Piller|
|Dori Carter||P.K. Kongkraphan||Morgan Pressel|
|Peiyun Chien||Jessica Korda||Mel Reid|
|Chella Choi||Nelly Korda||Paula Reto|
|Karen Chung||Olafia Kristinsdottir||Georgette Rolle *|
|Cydney Clanton||Candie Kung||Madelene Sagstrom|
|Jacqui Concolino||Min Seo Kwak||Lizette Salas|
|Paula Creamer||Brittany Lang||Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong|
|Perrine Delacour||Maude-Aimee Leblanc||Alena Sharp|
|Lindy Duncan||Ilhee Lee||Kelly Shon|
|Austin Ernst||JeongEun Lee||Sarah Jane Smith|
|Simin Feng||Min Lee||Jennifer Song|
|Dana Finkelstein||Amelia Lewis||Nontaya Srisawang|
|Sandra Gal||Stacy Lewis||Angela Stanford|
|Laura Gonzalez Escallon||Xi Yu Lin||Marissa Steen|
|Jaye Marie Green||Brittany Lincicome||Jackie Stoelting|
|Casey Grice||Pernilla Lindberg||Kris Tamulis|
|Natalie Gulbis *||Gaby Lopez||Kelly Tan|
|Jennifer Ha||Lee Lopez||Lexi Thompson|
|Nasa Hataoka||Mo Martin||Yani Tseng|
|Caroline Hedwall||Ally McDonald||Ayako Uehara|
|Brooke M. Henderson||Stephanie Meadow||Mariajo Uribe|
|Celine Herbin||Wichanee Meechai||Michelle Wie|
|Dani Holmqvist||Sydnee Michaels||Cheyenne Woods|
|Wei-Ling Hsu||Giulia Molinaro||Jing Yan|
|Charley Hull||Becky Morgan||Amy Yang|
|Vicky Hurst||Belen Mozo||Julie Yang|
|Karine Icher||Therese O’Hara||Angel Yin|
|Juli Inkster||Ryann O’Toole||Pavarisa Yoktuan|
|Ariya Jutanugarn||Hee Young Park||Sun Young Yoo|
|Moriya Jutanugarn||Jane Park||* Sponsor invite|
|Kim Kaufman||Annie Park|
|1. Sandra Changkija|
|2. Mina Harigae|
|3. Brooke Pancake|
|4. Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras|
|5. Demi Runas|
|6. Holly Clyburn|