• 24-MAR-2015

  • IRVINE, Calif

Sixth Annual Kia Classic Returns to Aviara Golf Club March 26-29

Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist to Lead Field of World's Best LPGA Golfers

• As the Official Automotive Partner of the LPGA, Kia will present K900 luxury sedan and $255,000 winner's purse to Kia Classic champion

• In addition to top-notch competition, Kia Classic offers fan- and family-friendly activities

Kia Motors America (KMA) is pleased to once again serve as the title sponsor of the sixth annual Kia Classic, which tees off this Thursday at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California. Returning champion Anna Nordqvist will defend her title against a competitive field of 144 golfers all vying for their share of the tournament's $1.7 million purse. Play concludes on Sunday, March 29, and the winner will receive $255,000 and the keys to a brand new Kia K900 luxury sedan – the Official Vehicle of the LPGA.

"The Kia Classic annually showcases some of the world's most talented athletes playing at the highest levels of women's professional golf," said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications, KMA. "As the Official Automotive Partner of the LPGA, we at Kia look forward to this tournament every year and wish all of the players the best of luck as they compete at Aviara."

Golf fans will find this year's tournament to be more enjoyable than ever with planned activities at Aviara to include: an on-site junior clinic, scavenger hunt, player autograph sessions and Military Appreciation Day. Children under 17 (with a paying adult) and Active duty military members and their families (with ID), receive free admission to the Kia Classic all week.

Upon entering the Aviara grounds, fans will pass through the Spectator Village, which will show off the K900 and allow visitors to see, feel and experience Kia's passionately designed and obsessively crafted rear-drive luxury sedan. The rest of Kia's world-class line-up will be on display throughout Aviara's beautiful course, which overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon. For the complete list of special events, please visit www.KiaClassic.com. Coverage of the Kia Classic will air on the Golf Channel, and fans will be able to watch every minute of play on the challenging par-72 course, one of the LPGA tour's premiere destinations.