Manulife extends sponsorship with LPGA until 2016

Toronto, ON ( - The LPGA Tour announced on Monday that Manulife Financial has extended its sponsorship of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic through 2016.

"We are thrilled to bring this world-class event to Waterloo Region," said Marianne Harrison, President and CEO, Manulife Canada. "The community's support of the tournament has been outstanding, bringing in over 60,000 spectators each year and the support of over 1,000 dedicated volunteers. Fans have also been treated to exciting golf with two sudden death playoffs."

Brittany Lang won a 4-way playoff in 2012 and Hee Young Park beat Angela Stanford in a playoff last year.

"We are delighted to extend our partnership with Manulife," said Ricki Lasky, Vice President, Tournament Business Affairs, LPGA. "Their passion for the sport of golf and support of the LPGA has been exemplary. They have set the standard for partner commitment in such a short time and we look forward to expanding our relationship for many years to come."

Park will defend her title at Grey Silo Golf Course from June 4-8.