Kims, Ko, Klatten win LPGA performance awards


NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko, Sei Young Kim, I.K. Kim and Joanna Klatten were presented 2016 Kia Sorento automobiles Wednesday as winners of the LPGA’s Kia Performance Awards at the CME Group Tour Championship.

Ko won Kia’s Drive to the Top Award for most top-10 finishes on tour this season with 16.

Sei Young Kim won the Compelling Performance Award for the way she won the Lotte Championship. Kim holed out an 8-iron from 154 yards to beat Inbee Park on the first playoff hole in Hawaii. Kim got into the playoff with a great par save at the 72nd hole. After knocking her approach shot in the water at the 18th, Kim chipped in from 18 feet.

I.K. Kim won the Community Assist Award for exceptional contributions to charity and community organizations. She was honored for her work with the Special Olympics and other charities. She has been a Special Olympics Ambassador since 2012. Back in 2010, she showed her commitment to deserving causes, donating her entire $225,000 first-place check from winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to charity, with half going to the Special Olympics and half to Ochoa’s foundation.

Klatten won the Power Drive Award for leading the LPGA in driving distance. Klatten averaged 274.42 yards per drive.