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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas, Dec. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the third time in its five-year history, the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will kick off the LPGA season, and expectations are high for more drama at the Ocean Club after the proceedings of the 2016 tournament. Preparations are underway for the $1.4 million tournament scheduled for Jan. 23-29, 2017, at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.
It marks the second tournament in as many months in The Bahamas following the Hero World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods.

The 2016 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic provided plenty of highlights. Hyo Joo Kim captured her third LPGA Tour title with a final round 7-under-par 66 and 18-under 274 total to defeat Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist and 2015 champion Sei Young Kim by two strokes. Meanwhile, Ha Na Jang made history during the third round by holing her tee shot at the short par 4 eighth hole for the first albatross in LPGA Tour history on a par 4.

"This is certainly an exciting time for golf in The Bahamas with Ha Na Jang's albatross at the 2016 tournament and the return of golf great, Tiger Woods at the 2016 Hero World Challenge," said Virginia Kelly, Sport Tourism Director at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. "We are looking forward to not only hosting another successful year of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, but we also are in eager anticipation of The Bahamas taking it's position as a choice destination for golf in the Caribbean."

"As a title sponsor of the tournament and an official LPGA partner, we are extremely excited to support the LPGA and are proud to continue our partnership with an organization that empowers and showcases the best female golf professionals in the world," said John Price, President of Perio Inc., parent company of Pure Silk.

Officials of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic announced today that they are accepting volunteers to work at the tournament. Volunteers will receive an official Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic logo shirt and cap, free breakfast and lunch on assigned workdays, a tournament badge, free parking, and an invitation to the volunteer celebration party. There is no fee to volunteer. Those interested in supporting the tournament should view the list of committees and register at For questions, contact Emily Norell, Tournament Director, at

"With the start of the 2017 LPGA season in January we are excited to be the first event," Norell said. "Going into our fifth edition of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic we understand the importance of being the lead event and how volunteers play such an important role to ensure a positive start. The program has grown over the years and includes more than 400 volunteers. The Bahamian community has been dedicated to working hard and putting 100 percent effort into making this event the success that it is today. Over 15 local groups are involved tournament week including banks, Rotary Clubs, schools and the Bahamas Golf Federation. We can't say thank you enough and this tournament truly would not be possible without them."

Applications for media credentials are now being accepted. Media organizations can log into to make requests. A completed application is not a guarantee of credential approval. For more information, contact the Tournament Office at +1 242 601 8308 or visit

About Pure Silk
Pure Silk is the "Official Rich & Luxurious Shave Cream of the LPGA" and sponsors a roster of talented professional golfers on the LPGA Tour. Pure Silk moisturizing shave creams contain ingredients that provide a close, long-lasting shave for legs that look and feel like Pure Silk! The rich lather is available in seven aloe-infused, deliciously scented varieties, and provides the smoothest, most touchable skin without irritation. Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter via

About The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world's best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with pre-clearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember: It's Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 28 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women's golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via:,,, and

About Global Golf Management
Global Golf Management is a worldwide sports event management company. With headquarters in Chicago, GGM has successfully staged more than 700 events on five continents since its inception in 1989. GGM specializes in professional golf tournament production but also handles corporate outings and other golf-related event ventures. For more information, visit or

CONTACT:Dave Shedloski, Media Official, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic +1 740-501-2265
         Mike Harmon, Global Golf Management,; +1 205-281-6704

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