Check out the Kia Classic this week, and see Lydia Ko! The pro-am is tomorrow, and the tournament runs Thursday-Sunday.
The Kia Classic is next on the LPGA tournament schedule. Anna Nordqvist will defend her 2014 championship on the Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California against an exceptionally strong field of challengers.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Aviara is ranked among the top 100 resort golf courses in the country by Golf Digest. The par-72 7,007 yard coastal California track is a favorite among Tour players. The course is a visual delight, overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve and sculpted around rolling hillsides and with plenty of bunker and water challenges the track will also provide tests of players’ course management and shot placement skills.
Lydia Ko is starting her 8th week at the top of the Rolex Rankings in a record-breaking ascent that has left all of us — her competitors, commentators and golf fans alike — astonished and in awe of her athletic talent and mental poise. The 17-year old is coming into the Kia Classic with two 2015 victories to her credit. There’s no doubt in my mind that there will be more before the season ends next November.
The Kia Classic is the final Tour event before the season’s first Major, the ANA Inspiration, and will be a dress rehearsal for a fierce battle that’s certain to unfold in the desert. Ko will play her steady game of precision and control as will 2nd ranked Inbee Park.