LPGA Cham­pi­onship Tees Off At Ko Olina Golf Club Next Week

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Islander -

Golfers from around the world are com­ing to Ko Olina this week for the 2014 LPGA LOTTE Cham­pi­onship, which runs April 13-19 at Ko Olina Golf Club.

The cham­pi­onship pits leading women golfers against one an­other for a share of a $1.7 mil­lion in prize money. Play­ers sched­uled to at­tend in­clude Inbe Park, Ly­dia Ko, So Yeon Ryu and Suzann Pettersen, last year’s cham­pion.

Pre­sented by J Golf, the cham­pi­onship is in its third year, kick­ing off Sun­day with a qual­i­fy­ing tourna- ment, fol­lowed by pro­fes­sional prac­tice rounds and a golf clinic April 14, and an of­fi­cial pro-am April 15. Ad­mis­sion is free April 13-15.

The tour­na­ment runs April 16-19, when daily ad­mis­sion is $10, and tick­ets are avail­able at the main gate. A sea­son ticket, which al­lows ad­mis­sion for the whole week, costs $25. Chil­dren 16 and un­der get in free with when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Free park­ing and a shut­tle for spec­ta­tors also is avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Ko Olina Golf Club at 676-5300 or visit koolina.com.

And for area res­i­dents’ chance to get in on the golf fun, check out the 13th an­nual St. Fran­cis Golf Healthy Chal­lenge May 8 at Hawaii Prince Golf Club in Ewa Beach. The event cur­rently seeks par­tic­i­pants in three-per­son teams. All pro­ceeds from the Chal­lenge go to­ward ren­o­va­tions to the St. Fran­cis Lil­iha cam­pus.

Prizes will be awarded to the 13 teams that earn the low­est team scores. Events in­clude a putting con­test, hole-in-one con­tests and a shoot-out. Par­tic­i­pants will have the chance to win a brand new Acura, along with draw­ings and door prizes. The event also in­cludes an awards din­ner and other re­fresh­ments.

Spon­sor­ships are avail­able start­ing from $1,250. Do­na­tions also are wel­come.

Check-in be­gins at 9:30 a.m., with a shot­gun start at 11:30.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to re­serve a spot, email Gisele at gkaa­hanui@stfran­cishawaii.org.

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