Industry Hills to host LPGA Kia Classic in ’11
The LPGA will return to Los Angeles next spring for the first time in six years.
Kia Motors America signed a two-year extension to title sponsor the Kia Classic at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in the City of Industry, Calif. La Costa Resort & Spa, site of last year’s inaugural Kia Classic, was unable to continue as host because of a course renovation set for next year.
The tournament will mark the first LPGA tour stop in Los Angeles since 2005. It’s also the first time Industry Hills Golf Club has made the LPGA schedule in nearly 30 years after players complained of the difficulty of the venue. Industry Hills hosted the LPGA’s Olympia Gold Classic in 1981 and ’82, both won by Sally Little.
The 72-hole event on March 24-27 will be played on the Dwight D. Eisenhower (The Ike) and Babe Didrikson Zaharias (The Babe) courses. Both courses have undergone a $20 million renovation since 1982 that included rebuilding several greens and bunkers and updating irrigation systems.
Tournament sponsor Kia Motors also sponsors two-time LPGA winner Michelle Wie, who serves as the brand’s official golf ambassador. Wie was on hand for Saturday’s announcement.