Jan. 21, 2014, Mobile, Alabama – 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.
“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.”
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus champions innovative technologies and offers some of the world’s most fuel efficient and quiet aircraft. Airbus has sold over 13,375 aircraft to more than 360 customers worldwide. Airbus has achieved more than 8,075 deliveries since the first Airbus aircraft entered service. On July 2, 2012 Airbus announced it will establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. The assembly line, which will create jobs and strengthen the aerospace industry, is part of its strategy to enhance Airbus’ global competitiveness by meeting the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere. Aircraft assembly is planned to start in 2015, with first deliveries from the Mobile facility beginning in 2016.
About the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail was built to help expand tourism, recruit industry and attract retirees, thus strengthening the state’s economy while adding to the quality of life for all Alabamians. The RTJ Golf Trail opened in 1992 and celebrated its 10 million round on Oct. 23, 2013. From Mobile Bay to the Tennessee River, the RTJ Golf Trail has 26 courses on 11 sites across Alabama. In 2012, the economic impact of both the LPGA events in Mobile and Prattville exceeded $30 million.
The concept for the Trail came from Dr. David G. Bronner, who, as chief executive officer, shaped the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) into one of the nation’s best-performing pension funds. RSA has investments in Raycom Media, PCH Hotels, 55 Water Street in New York City, Community Newspapers and other interests. Part of Dr. Bronner’s investment philosophy hits home in its rationale for funding the Trail: “The stronger the Retirement Systems can make Alabama, the stronger the Retirement Systems of Alabama will be.” The Trail has been a strong contributor to Alabama’s economy: In the past 10 years, Alabama’s tourism dollars have increased from less than $2.5 billion to more than $10.6 billion.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
Bill Lang, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, firstname.lastname@example.org; (205) 965-9574
Kristi Tucker, Airbus, Kristi.email@example.com; 703.834.3456
Kelly Thesier, LPGA, Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org; 810.599.6492