Michelle Wei West to serve as Mizuho brand ambassador and tournament host
Top budding players compete alongside 120 of the world’s top golfers
Jersey City, NJ, September 23research and development2022 – The LPGA and Mizuho Americas, the New York City-based arm of one of the world’s largest financial institutions, announced today that the Mizuho Americas Open will take place from May 29 to June 4, 2023, at the prestigious Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. .
The Mizuho Americas Open will mark the first time the Liberty National has welcomed the LPGA Tour, after hosting several world-class events, including the Presidents Cup and several PGA TOUR playoff stations. The tournament will see the world’s best golfers compete for a $2.75 million purse, one of the largest non-major tournament purses on the LPGA Tour’s 2023 season calendar, against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
In addition, the Mizuho Americas Open will concurrently host the AJGA Invitational Tournament, which will provide the opportunity for 24 junior golfers on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tour to compete alongside the 120-player LPGA Tour course for their singles title. This unique format marks the first time that the AJGA and LPGA have collaborated to showcase today’s superstars who are competing inside the ropes with the game’s future, creating an unprecedented week of education and access to inspire the next generation of LPGA Tour players.
“Mizuho Americas Open is a purpose-driven partnership that aligns our shared values of opportunity and equity and advances the next generation of talent,” said Shuji Matsuura, Chairman and CEO of Mizuho Americas. “We look forward to collaborating closely with the LPGA and inviting colleagues and clients to join in supporting this global event that promotes women, celebrates excellence, and sets new standards for competition.”
The multi-year agreement between the LPGA, Mizuho Americas, and Liberty National marks the World Bank’s first entry into sports sponsorship in the United States. He will serve as the tournament host and brand ambassador for Mizuho.
“When I announced that I would be stepping away from competitive golf earlier this season, my goal was to continue living by the LPGA’s mantra to ‘act like a founder’, and leave the game in a better place than I found it,” Wee West said. “With the help of Mizuho Americas and the incredible partners who have joined together to bring this to the Liberty National, we will be able to do just that and impact future generations of the game. I am very proud to host this groundbreaking event and to partner with a company that sees value in supporting the game of women’s golf.”
Mizuho Americas Open is launching at a time of record world LPGA growth. One of the oldest professional women’s sports organizations in the world, the 2022 tournament will feature 32 tournaments offering prizes of $93.5 million to athletes representing more than 35 countries.
“The Mizuho Americas Open is an exciting addition to the LPGA Tour schedule, providing a unique opportunity to showcase today’s best players competing alongside the game’s future,” said Molly Marco Semaan, LPGA Tour Commissioner. “As the world leader in women’s golf, the LPGA is committed to integrating and growing all parts of the women’s golf system, and this event is fully aligned with that goal. From the first time we met the teams at Mizuho and Liberty National, it was clear how committed they were to making this a rule-changing event. The game is for players, staff, fans and more broadly, using the tournament as a platform to enhance opportunities for girls and women on and off the golf course. I am delighted 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 throughout her career.”
Founded in 2006, Liberty National Golf Club will challenge the world’s best golfers, while offering some of the most stunning views in golf. The iconic venue will add the LPGA Tour to its impressive lineup, having already hosted some of the highlights in professional golf.
“Hosting an original and unique 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 pleased with the Mizuho and LPGA compatibility, and look forward to our privileged position serving as a backdrop to the Mizuho Americas Open for many years to come.”
The premier tour for junior golfers, AJGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the holistic growth and development of young men and women looking to earn golf scholarships through junior golf competitions.
“The opportunity to play alongside the stars of the LPGA Tour today at Liberty National Golf Club is an absolute delight for 24 budding golfers who aspire to compete at the highest level,” said Jason Itzen, AJGA’s Chief Business Officer. “The integration of educational programming throughout the week will be invaluable to the next generation of young stars.”
Mizuho Americas Open is owned and operated by Excel Sports Management, an industry-leading sports agency that represents brands, properties and talent throughout the sports world, including many of the best players and rising stars on the LPGA Tour.
“The Mizuho Americas Open immediately established itself as one of the main events on the LPGA calendar,” said Kevin Hopkins, Vice President, Excel Sport Management. “With a committed title sponsor, unique format, influential tournament host, and first-class venue, we have all the pieces needed to create a special experience for our players, sponsors, and passionate golf and sports fans here in the New York metropolitan area.”
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