Kia Classic

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Kia Classic
Tournament information
Location Carlsbad, California, U.S.
Established 2010
Course(s) Aviara Golf Club
Par 72
Length 6,593 yards (6,029 m)
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $1,700,000
Month played March
Tournament record score
Aggregate 268 Cristie Kerr (2015)
To par −20 as above
Current champion
United States Cristie Kerr
AviaraGolf Club is located in USA
AviaraGolf Club
Golf Club
Location in the United States

The Kia Classic is a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour. It debuted in 2010 at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. The tournament moved north for a year in 2011 to the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in the City of Industry in Los Angeles County. It returned to La Costa in 2012 and moved to Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad for 2013.

The title sponsor of the tournament is Kia Motors, a South Korean-based automobile manufacturer.

The winner of the inaugural tournament was Hee Kyung Seo, a member of the LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA). She became the 19th non-LPGA member in LPGA Tour history to win an LPGA Tournament and the first player to win as a sponsor exemption since Jin Joo Hong won the KOLON-Hana Bank Championship in October 2006.[1] With the win, Seo became immediately eligible for LPGA membership and was a rookie on the LPGA Tour in 2011.

In 2011, the event was decided by the final pairing on the final green. With both players tied at 15-under, Sandra Gal hit a wedge to within two feet (0.6 m) of the hole and Jiyai Shin was four feet (1.2 m) out. Gal made hers for birdie to win her first LPGA event by a stroke.

Tournament names

  • 2010: Kia Classic Presented by J Golf
  • 2011–present: Kia Classic


Year Dates Champion Country Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Venue Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2015 Mar 26–29 Cristie Kerr  United States 67-68-68-65=268 –20 2 strokes Aviara Golf Club 1,700,000 255,000
2014 Mar 27–30 Anna Nordqvist  Sweden 73-68-67-67=275 –13 1 stroke Aviara Golf Club 1,700,000 255,000
2013 Mar 21–24 Beatriz Recari  Spain 69-67-69-74=279 −9 Playoff Aviara Golf Club 1,700,000 255,000
2012 Mar 22–25 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 67-68-69-70=274 −14 6 strokes La Costa Resort and Spa 1,700,000 255,000
2011 Mar 24–27 Sandra Gal  Germany 67-68-70-71=276 −16 1 stroke Industry Hills Golf Club 1,700,000 255,000
2010 Mar 25–28 Hee Kyung Seo  South Korea 70-67-69-70=276 −12 6 strokes La Costa Resort and Spa 1,700,000 255,000

Tournament records

Year Player Score Round Course
2010 Inbee Park 65 (−7) 4th La Costa Resort and Spa
2011 Jiyai Shin 64 (−9) 2nd Industry Hills Golf Club
2013 Dori Carter 64 (−8) 2nd Aviara Golf Club
2015 Morgan Pressel 64 (−8) 2nd Aviara Golf Club
2015 Se Ri Pak 64 (−8) 3rd Aviara Golf Club
2015 Ilhee Lee 64 (−8) 4th Aviara Golf Club


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