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The Kia Classic is a women's professional golf tournament in southern California on the LPGA Tour. It debuted in 2010 at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, then 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. The tournament returned to La Costa in 2012 and moved to Aviara Golf Club, also in Carlsbad, for 2013.

Kia Classic
Kia Classic logo.jpg
LocationCarlsbad, California, U.S.
Course(s)Aviara Golf Club
Length6,593 yards (6,029 m)
Tour(s)LPGA Tour
FormatStroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund$1.8 million
Month playedMarch
Aggregate268 Cristie Kerr (2015)
268 Mirim Lee (2017)
To par−20 as above
South Korea Ji Eun-hee
Carlsbad is located in the US
Location in the United States
Carlsbad is located in California
Location in California

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 to win as a sponsor exemption since Jin Joo Hong won the KOLON-Hana Bank Championship in South Korea 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 namesEdit

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


Year Dates Champion Country Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Venue Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2018 Mar 22–25 Ji Eun-hee   South Korea 70-68-67-67=272 –16 2 strokes Aviara Golf Club 1,800,000 270,000
2017 Mar 23–26 Mirim Lee   South Korea 68-68-67-65=268 –20 6 strokes Aviara Golf Club 1,800,000 270,000
2016 Mar 24–27 Lydia Ko   New Zealand 68-67-67-67=269 –19 4 strokes Aviara Golf Club 1,700,000 255,000
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 recordsEdit

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
2017 Ahn Shi-hyun 63 (−9) 4th Aviara Golf Club


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