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All Nippon Airways takes flight as title sponsor of LPGA's “ANA INSPIRATION”

ANA Inspiration LPGA Launch Press Conference
All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s leading airline, announced a new partnership with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) to become the title sponsor of the first major of the LPGA season, the newly-named “ANA INSPIRATION” as well as being the Official Airline of the LPGA.

The partnership was announced Tuesday at a press conference in Naples, Florida including Yuji Hirako, Senior Vice President of the Americas, ANA and Michael Whan, Commissioner, Ladies Professional Golf Association.   

“ANA is excited about our partnership with the LPGA. Just as they are on a trend to expand its presence in Japan and Asia as well as break into new markets, ANA is seeking to raise awareness of our award winning airline around the world” stated Yuji Hirako.  

“The word ‘Inspiration’ has many meanings. At ANA, we take pride delivering inspiration every day and showcasing “Inspiration of Japan” every flight. We hope that our partnership helps introduce golf to more individuals and inspires the next generation of female golfers.”  

“The LPGA shares many similarities with ANA but the most important is our shared vision and ambition for the future. We share the same ambition to expand our horizons, become more international, enter new markets and seize new opportunities. For ANA supporting the LPGA makes complete sense for our business and for our future.”

The famed tournament will be held March 30 through April 5, 2015 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. home of the event since 1972.   

“The LPGA is thrilled to partner with ANA on one of our most historic tournaments as we take it to the next level,” said Michael Whan, Commissioner, LPGA. “Having ANA join us as the official airline of the LPGA will grow our audience as we reach new fans across the globe.”  

Britain and Ireland's highest ranked female golfer Catriona Matthew welcomed the announcement commenting: 
"If you’re lucky enough to be an LPGA player it means you play throughout the world. Golf is becoming truly global. You just need to look at the 2015 LPGA schedule to see how much of the world we’re visiting.  

Flying is part of our lives and as professional athletes needing to perform at our very best naturally you want to travel in comfort and convenience. So to have a new official airline come onboard and one with the reputation of ANA is great news for all players on tour."

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