Navistar providing free admission to this year's Navistar LPGA Classic

Navistar providing free admission to this year’s Navistar LPGA Classic Sept. 15 – 18

Prattville, AL - August 15, 2011 Yani Tseng and Suzann Pettersen are in. Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie will be there. Now you can join them.

The top LPGA players in the world are coming to Prattville for the Navistar LPGA Classic Sept. 15 to 18 and thanks to Navistar, fans can watch them compete for free. “For the first time in the history of The Navistar LPGA Classic, Navistar is providing complimentary admission for the entire tournament ,” said Daniel C. Ustian, President, CEO and Chairman of Navistar. “And for the second year in a row will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which is why we wanted to provide free access so the public can learn more about this important charity while watching these top athletes compete,” said Ustian. Jennifer Johnson, an LPGA player sponsored by Navistar will be doing several events with the Wounded Warriors throughout the week.

“This is our fifth year as the tournament sponsor and Navistar wants to thank the River Region for its hospitality,” said Ustian. “We invite you to come out to the tournament as our guest and we hope that you’ll will consider taking a portion of the admission fee that you would have paid and donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.”The tournament will be held Sept. 15 – 18, 2011 on the newly renovated Senator Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill.

First held in 2007, the Navistar LPGA Classic has featured dramatic finishes from Maria Hjorth, Lorena Ochoa and Katherine Hull. The golf world also has been introduced to Lexi Thompson who led the field over the past two events. Thompson will be joining the field again this year as a 16-year-old professional.

“We are pleased to welcome several new golfers to the tournament and thank the others for returning,” said Dr. David G. Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. “The Senator course has just completed a major renovation and is in excellent condition. We are all set for a week of great golf, said Dr. Bronner. “Thank you Navistar for making this event possible, and we look forward to a great tournament this year and in the future.”

\The four-day competition will feature 144 stars of the LPGA including the top ranked players in the world, according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking. Yani Tseng of Taiwan has won four events this year and comes into the event as the top player in the world. Joining her will be Crisite Kerr of the US (ranked #2), Suzann Pettersen of Norway (ranked #3) and South Korean players Jiyai Shin (#4), Na Yeon Choi (#5) and I.K. Kim (#6). All of these players and many other greats will be in this year’s event. Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Christina Kim and other fan favorites also will be playing in the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic.

“After the Navistar LPGA Classic, many of the players will be heading directly to Ireland to compete in the Solheim Cup with U.S. vs. Europe,” said Dr. Bronner. “We have the Top 30 American players competing at Navistar and several members of the European team. Not only will the people in the River Region get a chance to see these top LPGA stars up close, this tournament brings enormous economic benefit to the area,” said Dr. Bronner. “One of the primary reasons I founded the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail was to help increase economic development across Alabama and to bring more tourists to our state.”

The Trail has done exactly that, with huge economic development in Mobile, the Shoals, Prattville, Greenville and practically everywhere we have a Trail location. The eight Marriott and Renaissance luxury hotels that are a part of The Resort Collection on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail have already made their mark on Alabama and the nation. Six of the Four Diamond hotels in Alabama are part of the Resort Collection, along with two Four Diamond restaurants along Mobile Bay.

The Navistar LPGA Classic will begin with a qualifier and a Pro-Am on Monday, September 12 and practice rounds will follow on Tuesday. After another Pro-Am on Wednesday, players will tee off for the first round on Thursday, September 15. The Golf Channel will provide coverage of the Navistar LPGA Classic during each of the four rounds.

Tens of thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through Wounded Warrior Project programs, which are designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Many of the injuries suffered during the recent conflicts include amputations, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and severe burns that will retire these brave warriors from military service.

“We are thankful to Navistar for their commitment to our mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. “Their efforts to support the Wounded Warrior Project are a reflection of their dedication to assisting our nation’s wounded veterans and their families.”

For more information on the tournament, volunteer opportunities and an updated list of players, visit www.navistarlpgaclassic.com or www.facebook.com/NavistarLPGA. For more information on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and its Resort Collection, visit www.rtjgolf.com.

Topics: Press Release, Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, Tseng, Yani, Pettersen, Suzann, Kerr, Cristie, Creamer, Paula, Wie, Michelle [+]

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