LPGA Tour Rookie to Receive Sponsor Exemption to Sybase Match Play Championship
Gladstone, N.J. – Tournament officials announced today that LPGA Tour rookie Belén Mozo (Be-LEN MO-THO), a four-time All-American at the University of Southern California, will compete on a sponsor exemption at the 2011 Sybase Match Play Championship. Mozo, who made her professional debut at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, will join the best female golfers in the world as they battle head-to-head during the official LPGA Tour event at Hamilton Farm Golf Club, May 19 – 22.
“Belén has established herself as an international role-model in the world of golf and professional sports,” said Andy Bush, the Tournament’s Executive Director. “The significance she placed on finishing her college studies while vying for full-time status on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours speaks to both her talent and determination.”
After receiving numerous sponsor exemptions and making her professional debut at the U.S. Women’s Open in July 2010, Mozo earned full-time status on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours (LET) for the 2011 season. However, Mozo will likely need the sponsor exemption to guarantee her playing spot in the 2011 Sybase Match Play Championship because of the field is limited to the top 64 players.
Mozo began her collegiate career at the University of Southern California and quickly became ranked among the nation’s top 30 collegiate golfers by Golfweek.com. The International Relations graduate went on to become a four-time All-American, and helped guide the Trojans to the 2008 NCAA National Championship.
Mozo established herself as a dominant amateur golfer on the international stage. During the summer of 2008, Mozo was a semifinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and helped lead her native Spain to a second-place finish at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championships and the European Women’s Team Championships. In 2006, Mozo became the first player since 1972 to win both the British Ladies Open Amateur and Girls’ British Open Amateur in the same year. She also won the International European Ladies Amateur Championship and competed on behalf of Spain at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships.
The Sybase Match Play Championship is allowed two sponsor’s exemptions which are used at the discretion of tournament management and corporate partners. The tournament will announce the recipient of the second sponsor exemption at a later date.
For more information on the Sybase Match Play Championship, visit www.sybasematchplaychampionship.com.