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Liberty National Golf Club welcomes the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open - May 29-June 4, 2023

The LPGA and Mizuho Americas, the NYC-headquartered arm of one of the largest financial institutions in the world, has announced that the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open will take place May 29 - June 4, 2023, at the prestigious Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ.

The Mizuho Americas Open will mark the first time Liberty National welcomes the LPGA Tour, after hosting several world-class events, including the Presidents Cup and multiple PGA TOUR playoff stops. The tournament will see the best golfers in the world compete for a $2.75 million purse, one of the largest non-Major Championship purses on the LPGA Tour calendar for the 2023 season, against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty.

In addition, the Mizuho Americas Open will concurrently host an AJGA Invitational, which will provide the opportunity for 24 female junior golfers on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tour to compete alongside the 120-player LPGA Tour field for their own individual title. This unique format marks the first time that the AJGA and the LPGA have partnered to showcase the stars of today competing inside-the-ropes with the future of the game, creating an unprecedented week of education and access to inspire the next generation of LPGA Tour players.

“The Mizuho Americas Open is a purpose-driven partnership that aligns our shared values of opportunity, equity, and advancing the next generation of talent,” said Shuji Matsuura, Chairman & CEO, Mizuho Americas. “We look forward to collaborating closely with the LPGA and inviting colleagues and clients to join in supporting this world-class event that promotes women, celebrates excellence, and sets new standards of competition.”

The multi-year agreement between the LPGA, Mizuho Americas, and Liberty National marks the global bank’s first entry into sports sponsorship in the U.S. As part of the launch, LPGA Tour icon Michelle Wie West, who recently took a step back from professional competition, will serve as Tournament Host and Mizuho Brand Ambassador.

“When I announced that I was stepping away from competitive golf earlier this season, my goal was to continue to live by the LPGA mantra to ‘Act Like a Founder,’ and to leave the game in a better place than I found it,” said Wie West. “With the help of Mizuho Americas and the amazing partners that have joined together to bring this to Liberty National, we’ll be able to do just that and impact future generations of the game. I am so proud to host this groundbreaking event and partner with a company that sees the value in supporting women’s golf.”

The Mizuho Americas Open is being launched at a time of record-setting global growth for the LPGA. One of the world’s oldest professional women’s sports organizations, 2022 sees the Tour’s 32 tournaments offering a record-high $93.5 million in prize money to athletes representing more than 35 countries.

“The Mizuho Americas Open is an exciting addition to the LPGA Tour schedule, offering a unique opportunity to showcase the very best of today’s players competing alongside the future of the game,” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan, Commissioner, LPGA Tour. “As the worldwide leader in women’s golf, the LPGA is committed to integrating and growing all parts of the female golf ecosystem and this event is perfectly aligned with that goal. From the first time we met the teams at Mizuho and Liberty National, it was clear how committed they both were to making this a game-changing event for players, employees and fans and more broadly, using the tournament as a platform to advance opportunities for girls and women on and off the golf course. I’m thrilled to welcome Mizuho and Liberty National Golf Club to the LPGA family and thank Michelle for continuing to help drive the LPGA forward as she has done her whole career.”

Established in 2006, Liberty National Golf Club will challenge the best golfers in the world, while delivering some of the most stunning views in golf. The iconic venue will add the LPGA Tour to its impressive line-up, having already hosted some of the most prominent events in professional golf.

“Hosting an original and distinctive LPGA Tour event at Liberty National is one of the reasons we built the club,” said Dan Fireman, Co-Founder and President, Liberty National Golf Club, along with his father and Co-Founder Paul Fireman. “We are elated to align with Mizuho and the LPGA, and look forward to our iconic location serving as the backdrop of the Mizuho Americas Open for many years to come.”

The leading tour for junior golfers, the AJGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

“The opportunity to tee it up alongside the LPGA Tour stars of today at Liberty National Golf Club is an absolute treat for 24 junior golfers aspiring to compete at the highest level,” said Jason Etzen, Chief Business Officer, AJGA. “The integration of educational programming throughout the week will be invaluable for the next generation of young stars.”

We will definitely cover this exciting new event next Spring, but in the meantime. more information is available at www.mizuhoamericasopen.com.

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Korn Ferry Tour Returns to New Jersey with the Inaugural Magnit Championship at Metedeconk National Golf Club - August 17-20, 2023

 The Korn Ferry Tour, Outlyr and Magnit has announced a four-year partnership to host a new professional golf tournament – the Magnit Championship – beginning in 2023. The inaugural Magnit Championship will be played August 17-20, 2023, at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

Magnit, which was previously known as PRO Unlimited until last month, is a global leader and pioneer in contingent workforce management. Magnit will become the title sponsor of the new Korn Ferry Tour event through at least 2026. The Magnit Championship marks the Korn Ferry Tour’s first event in New Jersey since the 1997 Laurel Creek Classic, which was played at Laurel Creek Country Club and won by six-time Korn Ferry Tour winner Matt Gogel.

“We are thrilled to partner with Magnit to bring Korn Ferry Tour golf to the Tri-State area,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “This market is home to incredibly passionate golf fans, and we’ve been working hard to bring a tournament back here for some time. Metedeconk National Golf Club is an outstanding facility and is reflective of the quality of golf course we strive to provide our members. We are grateful to the Magnit team for their commitment to the Korn Ferry Tour, and we look forward to making a positive impact in the community for years to come.”

The Magnit Championship will be a 72-hole tournament featuring 156 players from around the world and will be the 22nd of 26 events on the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour schedule.

"Next summer, the Magnit Championship will provide excitement and drama, as it will serve as the final opportunity for Korn Ferry Tour members to qualify for the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour Finals," added Baldwin.

“Magnit and the Korn Ferry Tour share a guiding principle: to build community by developing talent,” said Magnit President Gregg Spratto. “Becoming a part of the PGA TOUR family is exciting enough but providing up-and-coming golfers with an opportunity to showcase their skills makes the partnership all the more meaningful. Creating opportunities for talent sits at the heart of what Magnit does, and the Magnit Championship will be an extension of that work.”

Magnit ambassador Denny McCarthy is a two-time Korn Ferry Tour graduate. McCarthy earned his first PGA TOUR card with three top-25s in the 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Finals and retained his TOUR card a year later with a four-stroke victory at the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Championship – then held at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Florida – to finish atop the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Finals Points List.

“I’m thrilled to see Magnit as a title sponsor on the Korn Ferry Tour for a few reasons,” said McCarthy. “The Korn Ferry Tour is where I earned my PGA TOUR card back in 2017 and it’s been an amazing journey since then. Also, I teamed up with Magnit last season, so it’s great to see them support all the players. Partnering with companies like Magnit is important to me because I look for those organizations who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to excellence within their space. As players, we pride ourselves on that same commitment to winning and dedication to the sport. I hope we have a fantastic tournament and wish everyone the best.”

Metedeconk National Golf Club, which originally opened in 1987, is located in the upper region of the New Jersey Pinelands and is routed through the local marsh and lowland pine forest. Metedeconk National Golf Club is a private, 27-hole facility, which was designed by world-renowned golf course architects Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Roger Rulewich. 

“Magnit has been an absolutely phenomenal sponsor and a great partner of mine,” said six-time LPGA winner Jessica Korda, who serves as a brand ambassador for Magnit. “I’m so excited to see that they’re giving another opportunity for the Korn Ferry Tour players to be able to play and earn their PGA TOUR cards. I know that this is a really big deal to a lot of the players, and all they need are opportunities. It’s phenomenal to see a company like Magnit stepping up and giving that to them. I’m really excited about the event and wishing everyone good luck.”

“Tri-State area fans are super rowdy and fun,” added Korda. “They’re some of my favorite crowds to play in front of. I think the Korn Ferry Tour players are going to have an absolutely fun time.”  We will be covering this event next Summer...in the meantime, more information about the Magnit Championship can be found at www.MagnitChampionship.com Championship.

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NFL ALUMNI VENTURES 14TH ANNUAL RIVAL CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT BRINGS LEGENDS BACK TO NEW JERSEY THIS FALL

Limited Spots Available - Tee it Up Alongside NFL Legends with Proceeds Supporting a Rehabilitative Golf Program for Military Veterans

The legends of the NFL are returning to New Jersey for the NFL Alumni Ventures 14th Annual “Rival Golf Classic” on October 24, 2022, when the former stars of the AFC and NFC will battle it out to raise awareness and funds for PGA HOPE. This year’s event will take place at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ. 

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military engagement program of the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the 501(c)3 charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA of America. Led by PGA Professionals, PGA HOPE is a rehabilitative golf program for military Veterans that enhances their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

Participants of PGA HOPE programs include military Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and amputees, among other challenges. The NJGF offers PGA HOPE golf instructional clinics at six strategic locations across the state, and programming is offered Free to all Veterans. PGA HOPE is the only adaptive golf program that has an MOU with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which enables VA Staff to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy.

The line-up of NFL Alumni that will be participating in the Rival Golf Classic include, Gus Frerotte, Ahman Green, Dorsey Levens, Anthony Munoz, Ken Anderson, Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, OJ Anderson, Ed “Too Tall’ Jones, Everson Walls, Jim Burt and Mike Tomczak, among many others.

The Event Committee Incudes Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and NBC Analyst Colonel Jack Jacobs; 15 Year NFL Quarterback Gus Frerotte; Ex-Jets & Dolphins GM Mike Tannenbaum, and Former President of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg.  Title Sponsors of the event are Kellogg’s and Keurig Dr Pepper.

The 2022 Honorees include the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO of FISERV, for his work as a Board Member at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families; National Service Award Winner Jay Glazer of the NFL Insider and FOX Sports Founder, Merging Vets & Players; and will celebrate the achievements of the Front-Line Hero Awards which have yet to be announced.

Sponsorship and activation opportunities are available, as are a limited number of foursomes. For more information, please visit www.rivalgolfclassic.com.

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