LPGA adds Kapalua LPGA Classic to 2008 schedule

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced July 19th that it will add a third Hawaii Tour event in 2008. The Kapalua LPGA Classic is scheduled for October 2008 on The Bay Course at Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii.

The annual event will be an official 72-hole tournament on the LPGA schedule.

“We are excited about adding the Kapalua LPGA Classic to the 2008 LPGA schedule,” said LPGA Commissioner Carolyn F. Bivens. “The combination of the great LPGA fans of Hawaii, a spectacular venue and the best golfers in the world will create a memorable week for all.”

The Bay Course, among Hawaii’s premier golf venues, is an Arnold Palmer/Francis Duane design, which plays 6,600 yards at the tips. The pristine venue will be accompanied by a $1.5 million purse. Another course at Kapalua Resort—The Plantation Course—is already familiar to golf fans around the world as the venue for the PGA TOUR’s Mercedes-Benz Championship.

“We at Kapalua Resort are thrilled to bring this top women’s golf event to Maui,” said Gary Planos, Kapalua Resort’s senior vice president of resort operations. “World-class golf is a tradition at Kapalua Resort and we are looking forward to the best female professional golfers competing here in October 2008.”

Kapalua Resort’s focus in the coming months will be to select the ideal title sponsor for the tournament and will announce that partnership as soon as it is finalized.