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Golf Australia Express : Issue 28
March 22-25 March 22-25 FOLLOWING A WEEK in the arid Arizona Desert, the LPGA Tour descends on California’s coastline for the third Kia Classic. Staged north of San Diego at the renowned La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, 144 of the game’s best women golfers will battle it out at a renovated South Course. And with holes 1, 9, 10 and 18 being altered as part of a $10 million course renovation, the historic Dick Wilson designed track is sure to offer the girls new challenges to the ones they faced at the inaugural Kia Classic held here in 2010. With an illustrious history of hosting prominent PGA Tour events, as well as Hollywood luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, we’re looking forward to some real entertaining golf this week at La Costa. OTG La Costa Resort & Spa, California, USA Purse: $1,700,000 Defending Champ: Sandra Gal (GER) THE EVENT THE DEFENDER - Sandra Gal GERMANY’S SANDRA Gal broke through for her maiden LPGA title at the 2011 Kia Classic with a thrilling one-shot win over eight-time LPGA Tour winner Jiyai Shin at Industry Hills Golf Club. An accomplished amateur, Gal finished at 16-under becoming only the second German to record a victory on the LPGA Tour after Tina Fischer’s win at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship in 2001. She’s steadily improved with each outing this year and if she keeps to that trend we’ll be watching her strut down the final stretch on Sunday. PEEK THE What’s happening on the LPGA Tour this week