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LPGA Kingsmill Championship returns to Williamsburg VA 2014

May 12-2014

The LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship returns to Williamsburg VA later  this week with a new presenting sponsor.

Play starts Thursday May 15 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort with a field that features eight of the top 10 golfers in the Rolex world golf rankings, including defending champion Cristie Kerr and 17-year-old phenom Lydia Ko.

Cristie Kerr returns as the defending champion. Kerr has earned three of her 16 career LPGA victories at the resort’s River Course, as she also won the tournament in 2009 and 2005.

Kerr had her hands full with 2007 Kingsmill champion Suzann Pettersen last year, besting the Norwegian on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff after sinking a two-footer for par. The last seven champions have posted at least three rounds in the 60s en route to the winner’s circle, and this year should be no different.

Kerr will have to contend with the likes of Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Karrie Webb – who won the tournament in 2006 – among others. Se Ri Pak (2004) is another past Kingsmill champion in the field this week, so the player roster is loaded with talent once again at the $1.3 million event.

Golf Channel will be there to bring four rounds of coverage to fans not lucky enough to see it in person.

The Kingsmill Championship begins a four-week run for the LPGA that includes trips to Alabama, New Jersey and Ontario, and there is a heap of money up for grabs in the coming weeks. Ten events into the 2014 slate, LPGA players will begin looking to make moves in the standings as summer approaches, and it all begins this week.

The South Korean broadcast company JTBC has signed up as a partner this year and is expected to bolster the tournament’s international presence. JTBC reaches 21 million households in Korea, according to a Kingsmill release.

The tournament is booked at Kingsmill through 2017. This is the 11th event on this year’s LPGA schedule.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the tournament website

About the Kingsmill Championship

The 2014 Kingsmill Championship to be held May 12-18, 2014, on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort.The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72‐hole, stroke play tournament. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Active and retired military will also receive special ticket promotions throughout the week.

Tickets are available online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com

About Kingsmill on The James and Kingsmill Resort

kingsmill18tholerivercourseKingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort that offers 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000‐square‐foot IACC certified conference center, six restaurants. three Championship Golf Courses with a golf club house, a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Quarterpath Trace KingsmillThe community spans 2900 acres of protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched forever. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for sale in Kingsmill,ranging from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here

LPGA Announces Four Year Extension of Kingsmill Championship

The LPGA and Xanterra have announced a four-year extension of the Kingsmill Championship that will bring the event back to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. through the 2017 season.

The 10th staging of the Kingsmill Championship will be held May 15-18, 2014 with players competing for a $1.3 million purse. Kingsmill Resort is owned by Xanterra Parks & Resorts® affiliate Xanterra Kingsmill, LLC, a sister company of Anschutz Entertainment Group and a subsidiary of Anschutz Company.

Golf Course 2“Everything about Kingsmill is top-notch — from the incredible resort, to the championship River Course venue, to the way they treat both the players and fans,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “I’m so excited about our long-term partnership, as it ensures that we’ll continue this wonderful tradition of showcasing the best golfers in the world, at one of the best golf resorts in the world.”

Xanterra acquired Kingsmill Resort from Busch Properties, Inc. on August 1, 2010. Xanterra recently completed a $6 million renovation of the resort, including a new resort pool complex and renovations to the marina restaurant and other resort facilities. The resort is a AAA Four‐ Diamond resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ‐ a global association of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the LPGA at Kingsmill,” said Andrew Todd, President and CEO of Xanterra Parks and Resorts. “This is the 32nd year of professional golf at Kingsmill, and Xanterra is proud to be a part of this prestigious tournament. We are thankful to the sponsors, volunteers, spectators, and LPGA players who continue to support this tradition at Kingsmill, and make it a truly great event.”

The River Course at Kingsmill Resort previously hosted the LPGA’s Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill from 2003 to 2009. The event produced acclaimed winners including LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famers Se Ri Pak (2004), Karrie Webb (2006), Annika Sorenstam (2008) and major champions Grace Park (2003), Cristie Kerr (2005, 2009) and Suzann Pettersen (2007).

After a two-year hiatus, the LPGA Tour returned to Williamsburg in 2012 for the newly-named Kingsmill Championship where South Korea’s Jiyai Shin outlasted American Paula Creamer in an epic nine-hole playoff for her ninth-career LPGA Tour victory. In 2013, Cristie Kerr etched her name on the list of victors for the third time when she defeated Suzann Pettersen in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff.

Kingsmill Resort offers 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000‐square‐foot IACC certified conference center, three Championship Golf Courses, six restaurants; a European style spa, indoor/outdoor pools, a Sports center and full service marina. Kingsmill Resort is located off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Read more about Kingsmill here

Kingsmill Championship Schedule Announced

LPGA player Christina Kim was in the Williamsburg area last week for a media blitz generating excitement surrounding the Kingsmill Championship.  Kim, an 11 year veteran of the LPGA Tour is looking forward to playing the River Course for the ninth time on April 29 to May 5.  Kim is a three time Solheim Cup team member and has recorded over 40 top ten finishes in her career.

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged April 29th – May 5th, 2013 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted 30 professional golf events. The 6,379-yard, Par 71, Pete Dye designed layout provided victories from elite players on both the LPGA and PGA tours.

In addition to Kim’s visit, Kingsmill Championship Tournament Director, Katherine Thigpen, has announced the tournament schedule and other special events surrounding the upcoming championship. “The tournament last year was a fantastic event full of drama and legendary golf and this year we are looking to make the championship an even greater experience” stated Thigpen. “We hope to continue making the tournament an event the entire family and community can enjoy, while supporting the LPGA.”

See the schedule here

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged April 29th – May 5th, 2013 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted 30 professional golf events. The 6,379-yard, Par 71, Pete Dye designed layout provided victories from elite players on both the LPGA and PGA tours.

Tickets start as low as $25 and can be purchased online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

PAST CHAMPIONS:
  • 2003- Grace Park
  • 2004- Re Ri Pak
  • 2005- Cristie Kerr
  • 2006- Karrie Webb
  • 2007- Suzann Petterson
  • 2008- Annika Sorenstam
  • 2009- Cristie Kerr
  • 2012- Jiyai Shin *Defending Champion

For more information, visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com.

Read more about Kingsmill on The James here

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here

Golf Tournament 101: Free Seminar

imageInterested in taking your golf tournament to the next level? Attend our first annual "How to Create a Successful Golf Tournament Seminar" on Thursday January 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM. This seminar is intended for all tourney directors, associations and charitable organizations in the Williamsburg area. Learn about creating, planning and executing a memorable and more profitable golf tournament experience. 

For more information call Ryan Sirna at:

757-645-2023 or rsirna@kempersports.com

Click here for more info on homes in Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg

Jones Golf Trail in Virginia

Few names in golf course architecture are as recognizable as that of the Jones family: The late, great genius Robert Trent Jones and his equally renowned sons, Robert Trent Jones II and Rees Jones, a.k.a. "The U.S. Open Doctor." Together, the three industry giants have designed or remodeled nearly 1,000 courses across the globe.

The State of Virginia can now boast of its own version of the Jones Trail highlighting essentially three eras of course design. Golfers can play the Golden Horseshoe’s Robert Trent Jones-designed Gold Course and Rees Jones-designed Green Course. A short trip down Intestate 64 from Williamsburg lies the  popular Rees Jones-designed Club at Viniterra in New Kent. Viniterra is quickly becoming one of the regions’ most popular courses.

golden horseshoe golf williamsburg vaThe Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is located just a few miles from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Two internationally acclaimed courses — the Gold and the Green — as well as the executive-length Spotswood Course make Golden Horseshoe one of the premier members of the "Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg."

Fittingly for a family destination, golf at Golden Horseshoe is a father-son affair. Trent Jones Sr. designed the Gold Course in 1963 and Rees came along to build the Green Course nearly 30 years later. Golden Horseshoe’s Gold Course combines panoramic views with intriguing and often-difficult shot demands; or as Trent Jones Sr. called it, "a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built. The overall result is perfection."

Opened in 1963, the Gold Course is both an enduring example of traditional golf course architecture – walk able and free of surrounding real estate development – an excellent counterpart to its companion Green Course, which at 7,120 yards plays a little tougher than its sibling. The par on Green is 72, the course is rated an intimidating 75.1, with a slope of 134. Rees incorporated rolling fairways among old-growth woodlands with water in play of six of the 18 holes. "The course defines the shot," he said, "but gives the player several options. It’s a shot maker’s course." The Green Course hosgolf course @ viniterra in new kentted the 2004 U.S Women’s Public Links Championship.

Located just off I-64 in New Kent toward Richmond, The Club at Viniterra opened in late 2009 as an amenity to help sell real estate and once the golf course fully matured, the developers elected to open the course for public play earlier this year. Needless to say, Viniterra has won the hearts of the area’s golfers.

Built upon nearly 1,200 acres of wooded and rugged terrain, Viniterra can stretch to nearly 7,800 yards from the tips and flies against the grain of your typical Tidewater design. With massive fairways and run-ups to nearly all of its jaw-dropping green complexes — combined with the thoughtful and strategic placement of various grass, sand and water hazards — Viniterra is enjoyable for golfers who select the proper set of tees, as some holes offer up to a dozen different teeing grounds.

The masterful Jones course routing incorporates many of the diverse, natural features of the site including frequent and dramatic elevation changes, various wetland areas and portions of mature, deciduous forest. Where appropriate, ponds and a total of 13 bridges were built to provide both strategic and aesthetic value. "What you see [at Viniterra] is what you get in terms of being able to see most every shot on the golf course," said Jones. "There are generous fairways and open approaches to many of the greens. If you have happen to go over some greens, there are catch basins and grass hollows to capture those shots."

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Shin wins Kingsmill Championship

The two-year winless drought is over for Jiyai Shin who outlasted Paula Creamer in a lengthy nine hole playoff to win the Kingsmill Championship. In the fifth playoff this season, Shin and Creamer were forced to return to the par-4 16th at The River Course Monday morning to determine a winner.

The playoff marks the second in Kingsmill Championship history following the 2007 tournament where Suzann Pettersen defeated Jee Young Lee in three-holes.

The playoff also set a record for the longest playoff between two competitors with the other taking place at the 2004 LPGA Takefuji Classic where Cristie Kerr defeated Seol-An Jeon. The longest playoff in LPGA Tour history came at the 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open where Jo Ann Prentice defeated Sandra Palmer and Kathy Whitworth in 10 holes.

On the ninth playoff hole, both players hit routine drives in the fairway and Creamer left herself with a testy 30-foot birdie putt while Shin was faced with a 15-footer.

First up to play was Creamer and the 9-time LPGA Tour winner grazed the lip of the hole but had a tricky six foot putt coming back for par. Shin’s left-to-right birdie putt never saw the hole but the Korean left herself with an easy one-foot putt for par.

Creamer could not convert her 6-foot par putt and left the door open for Shin to knock in her 2-foot par putt for her ninth career LPGA Tour victory.

Final Field Set for the Kingsmill Championship

kingsmill champsionship open 1st teeThe final field has been set for the Kingsmill Championship as the LPGA Tour makes its highly anticipated return to Williamsburg, VA for the first time since 2009. The stellar field is led by top-ranked American, Stacy Lewis, and two-time winner at Kingsmill, Cristie Kerr.

“We are thrilled to have this type of response from the players and the community surrounding the return of the Kingsmill Championship,” says Tournament Director Katherine Thigpen. “We expect a tremendous turnout from the fans and cannot wait to showcase the greatest women golfers in the world.”

Along with Lewis and Kerr, 2012 tournament winners Ai Miyazato (ranked 4th on the Money List), Azahara Munoz (ranked 7th), and Mika Miyazato (ranked 8th) highlight the spectacular 144-player field. Previously announced superstars who will be competing include Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Juli Inkster, and Lexi Thompson.

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged September 3-9 at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course. The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72-hole, stroke play tournament. Tickets start as low as $25 and can be purchased online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

For more information, visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com.

About Kingsmill on The James

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here