'Team VTech' Includes D'Alessio, Hung, Morgan, Sharp and Stupples
BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- VTech® Communications, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of VTech Holdings Ltd. HKSE: 303; ADR: VTKHY, and the largest U.S. cordless phone manufacturer) today announced its 2009 Ladies' Professional Golf Association (LPGA) player sponsorships. The 2009 "Team VTech" includes Diana D'Alessio, Amy Hung, Becky Morgan, Alena Sharp and Karen Stupples.
LPGA fans can follow "Team VTech" beginning Feb. 12-14 at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii. VTech has sponsored players on the LPGA tour since 2005 as part of its ongoing commitment to women's empowerment programs, which also includes support of the Step Up Women's Network since 2005.
"We're excited to have these five talented professionals represent VTech on the LPGA Tour," said Tom Bacon, vice president of marketing, VTech Communications. "Our experience with the LPGA Tour, the players, the fans and the tournament hosts has been incredible these past four years. We're proud to have 'Team VTech' be our brand ambassadors on tour and are looking forward to the season kicking off in Hawaii."
Diana D'Alessio - D'Alessio is a new member of "Team VTech." She began playing golf at age 13 and was the 1994 New Jersey State Amateur champion and Women's Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA) Stroke Play champion, a title she captured again from 1995-96. D'Alessio was named the WMGA Player of the Year from 1995-96. While at Furman University, she was named the 1997 Most Valuable Player for the women's golf team, earned 1997 Southern Conference champion honors and recorded seven top-10 finishes. In 2007, she recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one in the second round of the Corona Championship and became the 14th player in LPGA history to card back-to-back eagles on the 12th (par 4) and 13th (par 3) holes.
Amy Hung - Returning "Team VTech" member Hung began playing golf at seven and credits her family as having the most influence on her career in golf. Hung won 50 junior and amateur events worldwide. She won the R.O.C. Ladies Open (a professional event) as an amateur in 1997 and won the Queen Sirikit Cup in 2002. Also in 2002, Hung was a member of the fourth place team at the Asian Games. In 2007, she recorded four top-10 finishes, including a career-best tie for fifth at the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship. Hung finished sixth at the Navistar LPGA Classic, where she carded a career-low 63 in the final round and also tied for eighth at the Longs Drugs Challenge and tied for 10th at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill.
Becky Morgan - Returning "Team VTech" member Morgan has been a golfer since the age of 12. While growing up in Wales, she represented the Welsh Junior and Under-21 teams and also captured the 1991-92 Welsh School Championship titles. Morgan was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Team in 1998 and 2000, and was runner-up in 1996 and a semifinalist in 1997 at the British Amateur Championship. While at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, She won 10 collegiate tournaments, including three Big South Conference Championships during 1995-97. Morgan was named second-team all-American in 1997 and finished 10th in the NCAA Championship the same year. She added runner-up finishes at the Welsh Amateur Championship from 1998-99 and finished second at the South Atlantic Amateur Championship in 2000. In 2007, Morgan tied for seventh at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, where she carded a season-low 65 in the second round.
Alena Sharp - Returning "Team VTech" member Sharp began playing golf at age 10. A standout amateur in Canada, she was a two-time winner of the Ontario Junior Championship (1997-98) and captured the 1999 Ontario Ladies Championship, as well as the 1999 Canadian Junior Championship. Sharp was also a winner of the Toronto Star Amateur Championship in 2000 and 2003. At New Mexico State University (NMSU), she won the 2000 Big West Conference Championship, 2002 NMSU Invitational and the 2002 and 2003 Sun Belt Conference Championships. Sharp was Sun Belt Conference Female Athlete of the Year and an NCAA All-American First-Team selection in 2003. She also was honored with the 2003 Edith Cummings Munson Award, given to an individual who excelled on the golf course and in the classroom. In 2007, Sharp recorded a career-best seventh-place finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand 2007.
Karen Stupples - First-time "Team VTech" player Stupples, a golfer since age 11, represented Great Britain in the 1996 and 1998 Curtis Cup competitions. She also represented England Juniors from 1989-91 and England Seniors from 1995-98. Stupples played collegiate golf at Florida State University, winning two events and being named a Second-Team All-American in 1995. She gave birth to son Logan in 2007, then returned to play eight events and recorded a season-best tie for 10th at The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions, where she carded a season-low 67 in the second round. Karen is also a two-time winner on Tour, including the 2004 Weetabix Women's British Open, where she became the second player in history to record a double-eagle at an LPGA major championship.
VTech is one of the world's largest suppliers of corded and cordless telephones and a leading supplier of electronic learning products. It also provides highly sought-after contract manufacturing services. Founded in 1976, the Group's mission is to be the most cost-effective designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-quality consumer electronics products and to distribute them to markets worldwide in the most efficient manner.
For more information on VTech and its array of products, please visit www.vtechphones.com.