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Canadian Pacific extends backing of top-tier LPGA tournament

Transportation group Canadian Pacific has renewed its title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, an annual event on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) schedule.

The new five-year deal will run from 2019 to 2023. CP has sponsored the event, a leading tournament on the LPGA Tour, since 2013.

CP agreed the new deal with the LPGA and the Golf Canada governing body. CP will also continue to serve as a premier partner of Golf Canada’s National Team Program and the Young Pro Squad, which supports emerging Canadian golfers as they transition to the LPGA Tour and the men’s PGA Tour.

Additionally, CP will continue to title sponsor the CP Women’s Leadership Summit, which will debut during next month’s CP Women’s Open at Wascana Country Club in Regina, Saskatchewan.

CP president and chief executive Keith Creel said: “Extending our partnership with Golf Canada as title sponsor of the CP Women’s Open will enable CP to continue to make a significant difference in communities across Canada through our community investment program, CP Has Heart.

“Partnering with these world-class athletes and this wonderful tournament enhances pride across our company, while building deeper, stronger relationships within the host communities. Since our first CP Women’s Open in 2014 we have raised close to $6.5m (€5.5m) for children’s hospitals and paediatric cardiac care systems across the country, and we look forward to supporting even more young hearts and families in the years to come.”

From next year, the purse for the CP Women’s Open will be $2.25m. Golf Canada and CP have also confirmed that next year’s event will be held at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario.

The 2019 CP Women’s Open kicks off an east-west venue rotation over the five-year term to bring the event to facilities in host communities in which CP employees live and work across its network. The 2019 event will marks the first time since 2001 that Canada’s National Women’s Open has been contested in the greater Toronto area.

Korea’s Park Sung-hyun (pictured) is the tournament’s defending champion.