CALGARY, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's top-ranked golfer and Canada's iconic railway are partnering for five more years, both on and off the course. Canadian Pacific (CP) has renewed seven-time LPGA tour-winner and twelfth-ranked female golfer in the world, Brooke Henderson to serve as its golf ambassador.
Since signing on with CP in 2017 as a golf ambassador, Henderson has won four more LPGA titles, including her historic win on home soil at the 2018 CP Women's Open. There at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, Sask., she became the first Canadian to win the National Open Championship in 45 years.
Joining the CP family is sister and caddy Brittany Henderson, who will also wear the CP logo as she supports Brooke as a team and family member.
"It is an honor to extend Brooke's sponsorship until Dec. 31, 2023, and welcome Brittany to the CP family," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "Brooke remains the perfect ambassador for CP as we continue to grow the game of golf, advocate for healthy living through CP Has Heart, and build on the iconic Canadian brand that is CP. Adding Brittany to the CP family was a natural decision, as railroaders know that precision and excellence requires a strong team."
CP continues to sponsor Team Canada, a relationship that marked the beginning of Brooke's relationship with the railway. Both the Hendersons are graduates of the amateur program that supports young golfers as they pursue their professional dreams.
Brooke has also been named a repeat winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as the Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year. In addition, PostMedia recognized her as their 2018 Summer Female Athlete of the Year and Canadian Sport Awards named her their 2018 Athlete of the Year.
"I am so proud to continue my relationship as an ambassador for CP. As many of my own family members have worked for CP in my hometown of Smiths Falls, it is truly special for me to wear the logo and continue that long history as a member of the CP family. Furthermore, the sincere gesture to add my sister Brittany to the CP family is incredible, as she's been with me every step of my career. We both look forward to celebrating many more victories with the CP family."
Watch a personal video from Brooke and Brittany here about the announcement.
Already in the CP family is four-time LPGA Tour winner Lorie Kane, who signed on as an ambassador in 2014 when CP took over title sponsorship of the National Open. Kane, who was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2017 and named a recipient of the Order of Canada in 2006, has an established reputation as one of the most personable and consistent players in the game, and has dedicated many efforts off the course to champion support for CP Has Heart.
CP recently named SickKids Foundation as it's official charity beneficiary of the 2019 CP Women's Open that will be hosted at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario. Through its CP Has Heart program, CP will once again make a substantial donation to support local paediatric care. Follow along this season as golf ambassadors Brooke and Lorie encourage fundraising efforts to help reach this year's $1.75M donation target.
In the five years of CP's title sponsorship of the CP Women's Open, $8.5 million has been raised to support children's heart health in Canada. This will mark the third time in six years southern Ontario has hosted the CP Women's Open resulting in more than $3.3 million dollars invested in London (2014 - $1.3 million) and Ottawa (2016 - $2 million).
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.
About CP Has Heart
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why, through CP Has Heart, we've already helped raise more than $16 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.
About the 2019 CP Women's Open
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women's Open from August 19-25, 2019 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. The CP Women's Open is proud to name the SickKids Foundation as the official tournament charity for 2019. Funds raised will be dedicated to paediatric cardiology space as well as specialized equipment and are being matched by CP through its CP Has Heart community program. The CP Women's Open, Canada's National Women's Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by CP, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, The Glenlivet, Golf Town and the Government of Canada. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.cpwomensopen.com or call 1-866-571-5742.
About Golf Canada
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing over 319,000 golfers at more than 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada's mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
For further information: Media: Canadian Pacific: Salem Woodrow, Advisor, Media Relations, 204-934-4255, [email protected]; Golf Canada: Dan Pino, Director, Media and Public Relations, 416-434-5525, [email protected]