LPGA returning to Hawaii with LOTTE

The LPGA Tour announced today they will be returning to the Rainbow State in 2012 for the first time since 2009.

Signing a new three-year agreement with LOTTE, a very well respected industrial conglomerate in Japan and Korea. With the $1.7 million LPGA LOTTE Championship, presented by J Golf.

The dates are set for play on April 18-21, finishing on a Saturday on the island of Oahu.

“We are honored that such an established and well-respected conglomerate like LOTTE has chosen the LPGA to expand its global platform.” LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said upon making the announcement.

“Together with LOTTE and J Golf, we look forward to returning to the Hawaiian Islands, where our Tour has such a great history of fantastic golf.”

With it's commitment to a three-year sponsorship deal with the LPGA, it will be the first step from LOTTE going into a global sponsorship in any sport outside of the Asia region.

Kag-Gyu Hwang, President of the Global Business Division of LOTTE Corporate Headquarters shared his thoughts on the new partnership.

“We are honored to host the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii and to showcase our business, as well as the world’s best golfers, to a global stage."

“Through this tournament, we will align LOTTE’s tremendous success and prosperity with the LPGA and increase our visibility as Asia’s top global conglomerate.”

The partnership will also include the television distribution rights for the LPGA LOTTE Championship to J Golf. Which is the LPGA's television rights holder in Korea.

A venue has yet to be announced for the event, however, reports from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser suggest that the likely course could be Ko Olina, on the west coast of Oahu.

Quotes courtesy of the LPGA Tour

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