24 out of the Top 26 Players in the Rolex AJGA Girls Rankings, Including Katie Li, New Jersey’s Top Ranked Junior Set to Compete Alongside LPGA Tour Players
National and Local Corporate Sponsors Join Together to Support the LPGA in New Jersey
Jersey City, NJ, May 5, 2023 – Mizuho Americas, the Americas arm of one of the largest financial institutions in the world, and new title sponsor on the LPGA Tour, today announced World #1 Nelly Korda, Lydia Ko and 8 of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will headline the field at the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open, taking place May 31 - June 4 at the iconic Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ.
In addition to one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour, 24 of the top 26 juniors in the Rolex AJGA World Rankings, including New Jersey’s Top-Ranked Junior golfer Katie Li (Basking Ridge), will also be competing at Liberty National, as the Mizuho Americas Open will concurrently host the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) Invitational.
LPGA Tour icon Michelle Wie West will serve as Tournament Host and Mizuho Americas Brand Ambassador, as the multi-year agreement between the LPGA, Mizuho Americas, and Liberty National marks the global bank’s first entry into sports sponsorship in the U.S. To further demonstrate Mizuho’s commitment as a new title sponsor, each participating LPGA Tour player will be provided complimentary first-class lodging just across the river in NYC during tournament week, along with daily ferry service that will shuttle players directly to the clubhouse steps at Liberty National.
“Our brand marketing and creative teams have been working diligently over the past year to create a world-class tournament that is both premium and purposeful,” said Cheryl Gilberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Mizuho Americas. “The Mizuho Americas Open, an event which is rooted in showcasing our values, means a great deal to our firm and we are counting down the days until the pros and amateurs tee off.”
A strong list of national and local corporate partners have joined Mizuho in celebrating the best female golfers in the world, including Hackensack Meridian Health, BMW, Delta Air Lines, Workday, Pitchbook, Paris Baguette, LA Golf, USwing Sunglasses, F&G Life, Acumatica, Dynatrace, and Aon. In addition, Michelle Wie West will make sure to roll out the red carpet for all players and juniors competing, with many of her partners participating to elevate the overall tournament experience including Nike, Beats by Dre, Freida Rothman Jewelry, Happy Viking, and Supergoop.
“We are excited to welcome the best players in the world to Liberty National in a few short weeks for the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open,” said Caila Roberts, Tournament Director at Excel Sports Management. “Mizuho has set the tone for this event to be a game-changer for how LPGA players should be taken care of, and we are proud that this lineup of corporate partners is joining together to celebrate and support the LPGA and AJGA players.”
The Mizuho Americas Open is one of the largest non-Major Championship purses on the LPGA Tour and provides junior golfers a first-of-its-kind opportunity to compete alongside the LPGA’s top professionals for an unprecedented week of education and access.
Several ticket options are available, including general admission for $35 that provides access to the tournament grounds any day Wednesday through Sunday, and a 5-day pass for $125. Veterans, first responders, active military, and Juniors 17 and under receive FREE general admission. Corporate Hospitality packages are available and include a selection of premium food and beverage options, along with preferred parking. Hospitality packages are also available for individuals and corporations seeking the ultimate entertainment experience.
For information on ticket sales and corporate hospitality please visit www.mizuhoamericasopen.com. Follow @MizuhoLPGA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest news on the event.
About Mizuho Americas
Mizuho Americas is a leading provider of a broad range of financial services, including investment and corporate banking, lending, custody, treasury services, research and capital markets solutions. With professionals across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, Mizuho Americas supports corporate clients, institutional investors and public sector organizations by connecting local markets to a vast global network. To learn more about Mizuho Americas' business, values, and ethical commitments, and the entities it comprises, visit www.mizuhoamericas.com.
Mizuho Americas is an integral part of the Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: MFG). Mizuho Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, offering comprehensive financial and strategic services through its subsidiaries. The group has approximately 800 offices and 50,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia. As of December 31, 2022, its total assets were approximately $2 trillion. Learn more about Mizuho Financial Group at www.mizuhogroup.com.
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