“At KPMG we pride ourselves on supporting the development of today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders,” said John Veihmeyer, Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP.
“Youth athletic programs are essential in allowing young people the opportunity to grow.
They foster friendly competition, reinforce the importance of ethics and integrity, and can play a large role in developing leadership skills. We are delighted to support the AJGA and Stacy in hosting this tournament.”
Stacy Lewis, who entered into a sponsor relationship with KPMG in March of this year, is now the No. 1 ranked American and the No. 2 ranked player in the world. During a decorated amateur career, she was a four-time All-American at the University of Arkansas where she won 12 times including the NCAA Championship. As a professional on the LPGA Tour, Lewis was a member of the 2011 US Solheim Cup team, and has claimed three victories, including a breakthrough major win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011 and two titles in 2012.
“Junior golf is the foundation upon which the best players in the United States have built their games” said Stacy Lewis. “It is where I developed a passion for the game, where I was able to escape from my on-going battle with scoliosis, and where I was able to earn a college scholarship. It is an honor that KPMG and the AJGA, two organizations that are the best in their respective fields, have agreed to join with me in this effort to provide the best opportunities in junior golf to an area of the country that means so much to me.”
“The AJGA is proud to collaborate with KPMG,” said Jason Etzen, AJGA chief business officer. “Stacy Lewis is one of the brightest stars in golf and we are thrilled to work with her and KPMG on this event.”
About KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 145,000 people, including more than 8,000 partners, in 152 countries.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Morgan Pressel. For more information, please contact Katie Wilson in the AJGA Sponsorship Department at (678) 425-1743 or visit the AJGA website at ajga.org.
Katie Wilson, AJGA
Manny Goncalves, KPMG
J.S. Kang, Sterling Sports Management