DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi, April 13, 2022 – The LPGA today announced that the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) has joined the LPGA Family as an Official Partner. This partnership will be immediately showcased at this week’s LOTTE Championship, which continues a 40-year tradition of world-class competition on the LPGA Tour on the spectacular Hawaiian Islands.
As an official partner of the LPGA Tour, HTA has reinforced its commitment to women’s golf. The partnership will extend Hawaii’s brand image while generating economic and community benefits by providing free participation in the LOTTE Championship to the first 5,000 local spectators. With local excursions featuring players from the LPGA Tour and other custom content created in partnership with the Tour, HTA will share the history and beauty of the islands with fans around the world via tournament broadcast and various digital platforms. and social media, including the LPGA Women’s Network. Additionally, the partnership will fund a new chapter of LPGA-USGA women’s golf in Hawaiʻi.
“We are pleased to partner with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and continue this long-standing relationship,” said LPGA Director of Sales Kelly Hyne. “Hawai’i is always a favorite stop for many of our LPGA Tour players and staff. We look forward to sharing our love of the islands with our global audience.
“The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority is thrilled to once again welcome the LPGA Tour to the Hawaiian Islands and support the LOTTE Championship. Bringing the world’s best golfers to Hawaiʻi provides our residents with the opportunity to enjoy competitive world-class, and we hope the experiences golfers will have will also inspire them,” said John De Fries, President and CEO of HTA. “We have worked for over a year to bring this partnership to life. We are grateful for this partnership with the LPGA and their contributions to our community, such as the Girls Golf Chapter which will nurture our future champions.
The LPGA Tour first came to Hawaiʻi in 1982, when grand champion Amy Alcott won the Women’s Kemper Open at Royal Kāʻanapali in Maui. Notable winners on Hawaiian soil include kamaʻāina (local Hawaiian) Michelle Wie West (2014 LOTTE Championship), as well as other great champions Paula Creamer, Beth Daniel, Brooke Henderson, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Sei Young Kim, Betsy King , Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Meg Mallon, Catriona Matthew, Alison Nicholas, Suzann Pettersen, Morgan Pressel, Annika Sorenstam, Patty Sheehan, Angela Stanford and Karrie Webb.
The 2022 LOTTE Championship will be played April 13-16 at Hoakalei Country Club in ʻEwa Beach, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. It has previously been played at Ko Olina Golf Club (2012-2019) and Kapolei Golf Club (2021), both in Oʻahu. In 2021, Lydia Ko captured the title with a dominating seven-stroke victory over Sei Young Kim, Nelly Korda, Leona Maguire and Inbee Park. It was Ko’s first victory in more than three years and kicked off a career resurgence that saw her move up to 3rd place in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, her best position since. June 2017.
The 2022 LOTTE Championship will be open to spectators, in accordance with local COVID-19 guidelines, with coverage airing on the Golf Channel during all four rounds from 7-11 p.m. EST. For more information, visit www.lottechampionship.com .