Mizuho Americas Open brings the LPGA to Liberty National

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Michelle Wie West serves as Mizuho Brand Ambassador and Tournament Host
Top youth players compete alongside 120 of the world’s best golfers

JERSEY CITY, NJ, Sept. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The LPGA and Mizuho Americas, the New York-based arm of one of the world’s largest financial institutions, announced today that the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open will be held in May June 29-4, 2023 at the prestigious Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ.

The Mizuho Americas Open will mark the first time Liberty National welcomes the LPGA Tour after hosting several world-class events including the Presidents Cup and multiple playoff stops on the PGA TOUR. Set against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, the tournament will see the world’s top golfers compete for a purse of $2.75 million, one of the largest non-major championship purses on the LPGA Tour calendar for the 2023 season.

Additionally, the Mizuho Americas Open will simultaneously host an AJGA Invitational, offering 24 female junior golfers from the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tour the opportunity to compete alongside the 120-player LPGA Tour field for their own individual title. This unique format marks the first time the AJGA and LPGA have joined forces to showcase today’s stars competing with the future of gaming, creating an unprecedented week of education and access to nurture the next generation of the LPGA Tour to inspire players.

“The Mizuho Americas Open is a purposeful partnership that aligns our shared values ​​of opportunity, equal opportunity and nurturing the next generation of talent,” said Shuji Matsuura, Chairman and CEO of Mizuho Americas. “We look forward to working closely with the LPGA and invite colleagues and customers to join us in supporting this world-class event that empowers women, celebrates excellence and sets new competitive standards.”

The multi-year agreement between the LPGA, Mizuho Americas and Liberty National marks the global bank’s first foray into sports sponsorship in the United States. will act as tournament organizer and Mizuho brand ambassador.

“When I announced earlier this season that I was retiring from competitive golf, my goal was to continue living by the LPGA mantra, ‘Act Like a Founder,’ and leave the game in a better place than I was found.” said Wie West. “With the help of Mizuho Americas and the amazing partners who have teamed up to bring this to Liberty National, we will be able to do just that and impact future generations of the game.” I am so proud to host this groundbreaking event and to work with a company that sees the value in supporting women’s golf.”

The Mizuho Americas Open comes at a time of record global growth for the LPGA. As one of the oldest professional women’s sports organizations in the world, the 2022 Tour’s 32 tournaments will award $93.5 million in prize money to athletes from more than 35 countries.

“The Mizuho Americas Open is an exciting addition to the LPGA Tour schedule and provides a unique opportunity to showcase today’s very best players competing alongside the future of the game,” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan, Commissioner of the LPGA Tour. “As the global leader in women’s golf, the LPGA is committed to integrating and growing all parts of the women’s golf ecosystem, and this event perfectly aligns with that goal. When we first met the teams from Mizuho and Liberty National, it was clear how committed they both were to making this a groundbreaking event for players, staff and fans, and to using the tournament as a platform to improve opportunities for girls and Women on and off the golf course. I am delighted to welcome Mizuho and Liberty National Golf Club to the LPGA family and thank Michelle for continuing to help advance the LPGA as she has done throughout her career.”

Established in 2006, Liberty National Golf Club will challenge the world’s best golfers while offering some of the most breathtaking views in golf. The iconic venue will add the LPGA Tour to its impressive lineup, having already hosted some of the most prominent events in professional golf.

“Hosting an original and distinctive LPGA Tour event at Liberty National is one of the reasons we built the club,” said Dan Fireman, co-founder and president of Liberty National Golf Club, along with his father and co-founder Paul Fireman. “We are delighted to be joining forces with Mizuho and the LPGA, and look forward to our iconic location serving as the backdrop for the Mizuho Americas Open for many years to come.”

The AJGA, the premier tour for junior golfers, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who strive to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

“The opportunity to tee off alongside the stars of today’s LPGA Tour at Liberty National Golf Club is an absolute delight for 24 junior golfers who strive to compete at the highest level,” said Jason Etzen, Chief Business Officer, AJGA. “The integration of educational programs throughout the week will be invaluable for the next generation of young stars.”

The Mizuho Americas Open is owned and operated by Excel Sports Management, an industry-leading sports agency representing renowned brands, properties and talent across the sports world, including many of the top players and rising stars of the LPGA Tour.

“The Mizuho Americas Open immediately established itself as one of the most important events on the LPGA calendar,” said Kevin Hopkins, vice president of Excel Sports Management. “With a dedicated title sponsor, a unique format, an influential tournament promoter and a world-class venue, we have all the makings in place to deliver a special experience for our players, sponsors and the passionate golf and sports fans here in the New York metropolitan area.”

Information on ticketing, corporate hospitality and volunteer opportunities will be available soon at www.mizuhoamericasopen.com. Follow @MizuhoLPGA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest event news.

About Mizuho Americas
Mizuho Americas is a leading provider of a wide range of financial services, including investment and corporate banking, lending, custody, treasury services, research and capital markets solutions. With professionals in the US, Canada and Latin America, Mizuho Americas supports corporate clients, institutional investors and public sector organizations by connecting local markets with a vast global network. To learn more about the business, values ​​and ethical commitments of Mizuho Americas and its related companies, visit www.mizuhoamericas.com.

Mizuho Americas is an integral part of Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: MFG). Mizuho Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, providing comprehensive financial and strategic services through its subsidiaries. The group has around 800 branches worldwide and 55,000 employees in almost 40 countries in America, EMEA and Asia. As of December 31, 2021, total assets were approximately $2 trillion. Learn more about Mizuho Financial Group at www.mizuhogroup.com.

About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading women’s professional golf organization with a mission to change the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive. The association was founded in 1950 by 13 founders and has a diverse and eventful history. The LPGA Tour competes around the world, reaching television viewers in more than 220 countries. The Epson Tour, the LPGA’s official qualifying tour, regularly produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA also has a joint venture partnership with the Ladies European Tour (LET) to improve the playing opportunities for women golfers in Europe. On the tours, the LPGA represents players in more than 60 countries. In addition, since 1991, the LPGA Foundation has nurtured and supported girls and women, primarily through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the only national program of its kind, with nearly 100,000 girls participating annually. The LPGA Amateur Golf Association and LPGA Women’s Network provide virtual and in-person connections to women golfers around the world, while LPGA Professionals are educators, business leaders and game changers committed to expanding the game of golf for all.

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About Liberty National Golf Club

One of the most famous golf courses in the world, Liberty National Golf Club is located on the Hudson River in Jersey City, NJ with sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. Aptly opened on July 4, 2006, Liberty National is guided by the vision and leadership of former Reebok Founder, Chairman and CEO Paul Fireman and his son Dan Fireman, Managing Partner of Fireman Capital Partners. Designed by US Open champion Tom Kite and respected golf course mastermind Bob Cupp, Liberty National is in tournament-ready condition. Liberty National hosted the Presidents Cup in 2017 as well as multiple PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoff events. For more information about Liberty National Golf Club, visit www.libertynationalgc.com

FOR INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:

For Mizuho:
Jim Gorman
Executive Director, Media Relations, Mizuho Americas
+1-212-282-3867
[email protected]

Max Raiden
Vice President, Edelman Smithfield
+1 646 897 2474
[email protected]

For the Mizuho Americas Open:
Rachel Wallsch
Excel sports management
+1-973-714-2583
[email protected]

For LPGA:
Christina Lance
Director, Communications
[email protected]

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