The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the governing body for professional female golfers in the US, has announced a three-year contract extension with Kingsmill Resort in Virginia.
The renewal will see the Kingsmill Championship continue to feature on the LPGA Tour until 2020, extending a partnership which began in 2003, when the 72-hole tournament first took its place on the top-tier tour’s calendar.
This year’s edition of the competition was won by Lexi Thompson of the US, who scored 20 under par to finish five shots ahead of her nearest challenger and secure US$195,000 worth of prize money.
Michael Whan, commissioner of the LPGA, said: “We are thrilled Kingsmill Resort has extended our long-term partnership as it ensures that we will continue the rich tradition of showcasing the best golfers in the world, at one of the very best resorts in the world. Everything at Kingsmill is first class - from the beautiful resort, to the championship River Course, to the incredible volunteers, to the way they treat players and fans alike.”
John Hilker, Kingsmill Resort’s chief operations officer, added: “Kingsmill Resort is honoured and incredibly excited to once again partner with the LPGA Tour as we announce the extension of a 35-year-old tradition of professional golf being played at Kingsmill Resort.
“On behalf of our staff and the thousands of volunteers that make the Kingsmill Championship possible, we look forward to working within the Hampton Roads community to provide individuals, families and juniors an opportunity to create and share lifelong memories surrounding the game of golf.”