Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Returns to Waterloo in 2014
The third annual Manulife Financial LPGA Classic will be held June 4-8 at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario. Over its first two years, the tournament has attracted more than 125,000 spectators making it one of the most well-attended events on the LPGA Tour. In 2014, the tournament will return to a June date.
“We felt that the earlier summer date will make it even more convenient for fans to make their summer plans around the tournament,” stated tournament director Richard Kuypers. “The support from title sponsor Manulife Financial has been incredible, and also from what we think are the greatest fans and volunteers in the world. Each year the event gets bigger and better, and we are on track for 2014’s event to be the best yet.”
In 2013, South Korean Hee Young Park out-lasted all other competitors and won in a three-hole playoff. This was the event’s second three-hole playoff finish in as many years. Park joined Texas native Brittany Lang, who won the inaugural tournament in 2012, as champions in Waterloo.
“Many of the best female golfers travel to Waterloo to compete in this world-class tournament,” said Marianne Harrison, President and CEO, Manulife Canada. “This is a testament to the caliber of this international event, which is created in partnership and collaboration with the community.”
In just two years, the event has received rave reviews from spectators, volunteers, and players. “Manulife has done an amazing job promoting this event to such a high-level in its first two years,” said Lang, who competed in the tournament last year as well. “The volunteer and local community support is tremendous and the crowds in Waterloo are some of the most impressive on Tour. We love playing the track at Grey Silo and always look forward to exciting golf.”
Event tickets to the 2014 event are now on sale online. Tickets to the event start as low as $30 and this year a four-pack, which includes a parking pass, is available for only $90.
For a limited time, fans also have the opportunity to purchase a holiday package featuring two (2) good-any-day tickets and a parking pass for only $49. The tickets and parking pass have a value of more than $65.
“The holiday ticket package is a great gift idea for any golf fan on your list,” stated tournament director Richard Kuypers.
General volunteer registration for the 2014 tournament has begun. In previous years, positions have been filled quickly, so fans are encouraged to register early.
Volunteers have the opportunity to serve in many roles, including:
Providing transportation and shuttle services for players and officials
Serving as on-course marshals and walking scorers
Assisting with player and caddie hospitality
“Volunteerism is a very important part of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic,” added Mr. Kuypers. “The more than 1,200 volunteers who selflessly give of their time to the community play a huge part in the success of the event.”
Last year’s event brought volunteers from as far away as British Colombia and Nova Scotia.
For more information on tickets and volunteering for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, visit www.manulifeclassic.ca.