LPGA Adds New Event to ’12 Calendar
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Alena Sharp is looking forward to playing in her backyard

Good news! — the LPGA and Manulife Financial, a leading Canada-based financial services company, have inked a three-year title sponsorship deal, bringing a new event to Canada. The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic will take place June 18-24, 2012, at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario. Via LPGA.com:

“Manulife Financial and the Waterloo region are a perfect fit with the LPGA,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Manulife is a world wide leader in the financial services sector and like the LPGA it has a global presence that will help build connections to this tournament from around the world. We look forward to bringing the best female golfers on the planet to Grey Silo, and to broadcasting the Manulife Financial Classic to more than 170 countries.”

“I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to sponsor this exciting new tournament, and to have the opportunity to play an active role in bringing a world-class golf event to Waterloo Region’s doorstep,” said Brian Gooding, Senior Vice-President, Distribution. “Manulife has employees, customers and advisors in every country represented by the players in this tournament, so that’s why this is a perfect fit for us. Waterloo Region has such a strong community spirit of volunteerism – and that’s a great fit with Manulife’s national signature cause of volunteerism. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to bring local people together who will play such a critical role in the success of this event.”

The LPGA ’11 schedule only boasts 14 official events in North America, including the US Women’s Open, the Founders Cup, which doesn’t have a purse, and two limited-field tournaments.

From reports earlier this year, I got the impression that there are a few more possible events to add in 2012.

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