Jin Young Ko, Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson among elite LPGA Tour field
GOLD CANYON, Ariz., March 8, 2023 – The LPGA Drive On Championship will not only bring the world’s best female golfers to Phoenix for four days of intense competition, but will also introduce an elevated fan experience with high-energy activations all around the grounds of Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.
From March 23-26, the Superstition Mountain driving range will be the central hub of tournament activities, with a sports-bar atmosphere highlighting the athletes both on and off the course. Fans can get a close-up view of their favorite LPGA Tour players as they prepare for their rounds, while enjoying the bar and concession stand featuring signature drinks. A giant jumbotron will showcase live Drive On coverage on Golf Channel, the LPGA Tour’s official broadcasting partner, as well as both men’s and women’s March Madness action. The excitement will all run under a soundtrack of music spun by Arizona’s own DJ Javin (Wednesday to Friday) and DJ Aja Cruz (Saturday and Sunday).
The 17th hole at Superstition Mountain, themed You Glow Girl, will offer signature drinks and concessions in a desert-sunset-themed venue, while celebrating the power and Drive On spirits of LPGA Tour athletes. Souvenir cups will allow fans to bring home the celebration and continue to honor the important women in their lives.
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf will partner with the I GOT THIS Foundation to present a Discovery Golf event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. I GOT THIS celebrates Girls Golf alumna Amy Bockerstette, a former collegiate golfer and the first person with Down syndrome to receive an athletic scholarship to attend college. Amy is a disabilities advocate who inspires others to play golf. Limited spots are still available for girls/women ages 13 and over. Click here for more information.
Why just get an autograph from your favorite player when you can get a selfie? Following their rounds, LPGA Tour stars will visit Selfie Stations around the course, where fans can get a pic to go with their autographed memorabilia. From there, fans can gather at the nearby 19th-Hole Beer Garden and Family Zone, overlooking the 18th green, to enjoy a panoramic view of the course and desert landscape.
The preliminary LPGA Drive On Championship field is led by Rolex Rankings No. 2 Nelly Korda, along with Brooke Henderson, Jin Young Ko and Lilia Vu, who have already captured LPGA Tour wins in 2023. They will be joined by a global list of the world’s top female golfers, including major champions In Gee Chun, Georgia Hall, Danielle Kang, Jennifer Kupcho, Hinako Shibuno, Patty Tavatanakit and Lexi Thompson. Arizona State University will also be well-represented, with past Sun Devils Carlota Ciganda, Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist and Linnea Strom in the field.
For a complete list of tournament entries, click here.
Superstition Mountain is no stranger to hosting the world’s leading female golfers. It was the venue for the 2004-2008 Safeway International, with a Hall-of-Fame list of winners in Annika Sorenstam (2004, 2005), Juli Inkster (2006) and Lorena Ochoa (2007, 2008). The competition also marks the next stage in the LPGA Tour’s long relationship with the greater Phoenix area, from the 1953 Phoenix Weathervane to the 2019 Cognizant Founders Cup.
The best ticket value is a Weekly General Admission pass, which includes four days of parking, for $95. Daily General Admission tickets are $40, and all juniors 17 and under will receive complimentary access to the tournament grounds with a ticketed adult. Additionally, volunteer opportunities are available for fans who want to participate in the week’s festivities.
For more information on tickets and volunteer opportunities, visit www.lpga.com/tournaments/lpga-drive-on-championship/overview. Media who wish to attend and cover the competition should apply for credentials at www.lpgamediacredentials.com.