The ACE Group Classic names tournament director

August 24, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

Naples, Fla. --The ACE Group Classic announced today that Lesley Baker has been named tournament director of the annual Champions Tour event in Naples. Next year's tournament will take place Feb. 13 - 19 at The TwinEagles Club.


"We are very excited to have Lesley leading our efforts for The ACE Group Classic," said Jeff Kleiber, executive director of the event. "She has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience that will serve the tournament, corporate partners, all of our volunteers and the Naples community very well."

Baker comes to Naples after serving in a variety of leadership capacities for over 20 events. In her five years with Octagon, her responsibilities have included managing sponsor and hospitality services at LPGA Tour events including the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the Sybase Match Play Championship.

Also with Octagon, Baker worked extensively managing logistics for professional air shows across the country and as a sponsor services manager with the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, working closely with the title sponsor Toyota. Baker is originally from Hillsboro, Ill. and attended the University of Arkansas where she graduated with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

"I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to not only continue the great tradition our fans and the city of Naples have come to know, but to also grow our tournament's impact on the community," said Baker.

In addition, Kyler O'Shea has been named as tournament assistant for The 2012 ACE Group Classic. O'Shea will manage volunteer recruitment and organization, player hospitality and pro-am administrative duties. O'Shea comes from the Octagon Global Events office in New York where she also served as tournament assistant for the Sybase Match Play Championship on the LPGA Tour and coordinated special projects for the division.

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