31 January 15  |  Golf   |  

Coates Golf Championship Overview from Golden Ocala

About the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers

The LPGA just finished their 2015 season opener with the Coates Golf Championship, a 72-hole stroke play competition. This was an Official LPGA Tour event featuring 120 of the top female golfers in the world. The purse for this event was $1.5 million and it was televised by the Golf Channel.

The Coates Golf Championship was held right here at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Florida. Golden Ocala boasts a riveting 18-hole championship golf course design by Ron Garl. The majestic course incorporates eight holes modeled after some of the world’s finest courses including Augusta, Royal Troon, Baltusrol, Muirfield, and St. Andrews. Take a look at the Coates Golf Championship overview from Golden Ocala and check out the highlights of this amazing event!


Tournament Highlights

The Coates Golf Championship kicked off strong on Wednesday with LPGA players Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko all looking strong. For a more detailed report on the opening day be sure to check out the Coates Opening Day Report. On day two excitement continued to grow! Paula Creamer made a hole-in-one on hole 6 during the tournament. The Golden Ocala maintenance crew put down a tribute stone in the walk way near the hole to honor her exciting achievement.



Paula Creamer hole-in-one tribute at Golden Ocala

LPGA players also couldn’t believe the fan support during this tournament.

“I was in shock actually when I walked on that tee and saw how many people there were. It’s amazing. It shows that this is the kind of town that we should be playing in. We’re the biggest thing that’s coming right now and this is where we should be playing.” ~ Stacy Lewis

“It’s been really good crowds. Even yesterday we were playing in the afternoon, there were a lot of people out here. Just I guess following from tee to green not only our group but the groups behind and in front also. I think it’s been great and the fans here are really excited. It’s always exciting for me to play in front of them.” ~Lydia Ko

On day three it was said that Lydia Ko could possibly become the youngest in men’s or women’s golf history to rank number one in the world if she won the final round of the Coates Golf Championship presented by R&L Carriers at the age of 17.

“I really haven’t thought about it, like I always say, the rankings come after the results in each tournament, so it would be great and it would be a huge honor to be in that position, but we’ve still got another long 18 holes to go and you just never know what’s going to happen in those holes.” ~ Lydia Ko


Michelle Wie signs autographs for her fans.

Michelle Wie signs autographs for her fans.

Michelle Wie signs autographs for her fans.

With a long day on the Golden Ocala course today we would like to say congratulations to the winner of the Coates Golf Championship presented R+L Carriers, Na Yeon Choi! We are so happy we could be a part of your success at the 2015 LPGA season Opener. We wish everyone the best of luck on their next LPGA tournament with their destination being in the Bahamas’. We would also like to congratulate Lydia Ko for becoming the youngest golfer – man or woman – to hold a world No 1 ranking. What an honor to make history right here at Golden Ocala!


Congratulations  Na Yeon Choi for taking 1st at the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers.

Social Engagement

For fans who were able to attend the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers and for those who were not, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram kept everyone up to date with the latest updates from the LPGA tournament. Here’s what some of the fans and players were saying.

For the best highlights on social media visit our storify.

We are looking forward to hosting the 2016 Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers. For the latest in golf news be sure to stay up to date with our golf blog.