Tournament receives industry awards
Tickets now available online
Volunteer Registration begins
WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
has bolstered its pool of prize money to US$1.5 million for the 2014
event, an increase of US$200,000 from the previous year.
In 2013, South Korean Hee Young Park out-lasted all other competitors
and won $195,000 in prize money after a three-hole playoff. With the
increase in prize money, the 2014 champion will be awarded US$225,000.
"The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic attracts many of the world's best
female golfers," said Marianne Harrison, President and CEO, Manulife
Canada. "Increasing the prize money speaks to the strength of the LPGA
and the caliber of women's golf."
From June 4 to 8, 144 LPGA players will compete for the title to win a
portion of the US$1.5M purse at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo,
Ontario. Over its first two years, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
has attracted more than 125,000 spectators, making it one of the most
well-attended events on the LPGA Tour.
On November 20, the LPGA Tournament Owners Association (TOA) presented
their Gold Driver Awards, recognizing excellence in marketing programs
surrounding LPGA Tour tournaments during the TOA Annual Meeting in
In the tournament's second Gold Driver Award competition, the Manulife
Financial LPGA Classic received Gold for Charity Promotion, with St.
Mary's General Hospital Foundation's Red Day leaving an indelible
impression on the panel of judges.
Additionally, the tournament received four Silver awards in key
categories - Event Advertising, Marketing Materials, Television
Advertisements and Website.
Event tickets to the 2014 event are now on sale online. Tickets to the
event start as low as $30 and this year a four-pack, which includes a
parking pass, is available for only $90.
For a limited time, fans also have the opportunity to purchase a holiday
package featuring two (2) good-any-day tickets and a parking pass for
only $49. The tickets and parking pass have a value of more than $65.
"The holiday ticket package is a great gift idea for any golf fan on
your list," stated tournament director Richard Kuypers.
General volunteer registration for the 2014 tournament has begun. In
previous years, positions have been filled quickly, so fans are
encouraged to register early. Volunteers have the opportunity to serve
in many roles, including:
Providing transportation and shuttle services for players and officials
Serving as on-course marshals and walking scorers
Assisting with player and caddie hospitality
"Volunteerism is a very important part of the Manulife Financial LPGA
Classic," added Mr. Kuypers. "The more than 1,200 volunteers who
selflessly give of their time to the community play a huge part in the
success of the event."
Last year's event brought volunteers from as far away as British
Colombia and Nova Scotia.
For more information on tickets and volunteering for the Manulife
Financial LPGA Classic, visit www.manulifeclassic.ca.
About the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is back for its third year on the
LPGA Tour and will feature a standard eligibility field of 144 players,
72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $1.5 million. The tournament
will take place June 4 - 8, 2014, at Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo,
Ontario, home of Manulife Financial's Canadian Division. St. Mary's
General Hospital Foundation is once again the tournament's official
charity partner. For more information please visit www.manulifeclassic.ca and follow us on Twitter: @ManulifeClassic.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group
with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.
Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and
forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial
decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and
distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management
products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset
management services to institutional customers. Funds under management
by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$574.6 billion
(US$558.7 billion) as at September 30, 2013. The Company operates as
Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in
the United States.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the
Internet at manulife.com.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for
women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and
storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29
With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing
the very best of women's golf, LPGA Tour professionals compete across
the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP)
directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The
Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the
world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web
via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
About Sports Properties International
Sports Properties International was created to provide an environment
where communities and spectacular sporting events can come together,
connected by a common interest.
About Bruno Event Team
Bruno Event Team (BET) is a Birmingham, Alabama-based sports marketing
and event management company formed in 1996 by Ronald Bruno and Gene
Hallman. Bruno Event Team is experienced in all facets of event
management, employing a year-round staff of 80+ employees in twelve
offices around the United States and two offices in Canada. Bruno
Event Team services each client with expertise in strategic planning,
marketing, advertising, public and media relations, ticket and
merchandise sales, sponsor relations, hospitality consulting, event
operations, event financial planning/accounting and volunteer
coordination. Visit www.brunoeventteam.com for additional information.
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation
For further information:
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
Media Relations Consultant