LPGA Continues to Fly High with Its Expanding Partner Portfolio
MOBILE, ALABAMA, January 21, 2014 – While their first U.S.-based aircraft assembly plant is under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Airbus is venturing into another international project with local connections - professional women’s golf. Airbus will be the title sponsor for the LPGA tournament in Mobile this spring. The tournament will be known as the Airbus Mobile Bay LPGA Classic and will be held May 22 to 25, 2014 at RTJ Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Alabama.
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“Mobile has a strong legacy of hosting the best women’s golfers in the world,” said John Cannon, president of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. “With Airbus as the new title sponsor, this tournament will be an even larger international event. Not only will we get to see some of the world’s best athletes compete, but the international exposure and economic impact are tremendous. With the Airbus LPGA Classic on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in 2014, the eyes of the international golf community will be on America’s original golf trail.”
“Without a doubt, the past few years have been very exciting for Mobile, Alabama. The announcement that Airbus would be assembling A320 Family aircraft in its first U.S.-based production line in Mobile capped a long campaign that brought the community, elected officials and business together and put Mobile on the international stage within the aviation community. Now, Airbus is proud to combine its name with another event which puts Mobile on the international stage in another arena: ladies professional golf,”said Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas and effective March 1 Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc.
“The event in Mobile has become a fixture on the LPGA Tour schedule and we look forward to working with Airbus to continue a first-class event,” said LPGA Tour Commissioner, Mike Whan. “The southern hospitality of Mobile sponsors, volunteers, and fans is second to none on the Tour!”
"It is great to hear that Alabama will again host some of the most talented golfers in the world next year,” said Director of Alabama Tourism Lee Sentell. “In a short time, Alabama went from not being a golf state to becoming a destination that attracts some of the best tournaments and lots of fans. The substantial economic impact is important to our tourism industry."