BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior Golf Association announced that Buick will partner with Shanshan Feng to title sponsor the Buick Shanshan Feng Girls Invitational in 2018. The event joins the ANNIKA Invitational, ANA Junior Inspiration, Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the Swinging Skirts Invitational as the events which feature the world’s best female golfers by invitation only on the AJGA schedule.
Buick, international modern luxury automaker, returns as a 20-plus year title sponsor of an event in Michigan. The event, held from 1985-2006, featured a storied history with champions such as Phil Mickelson, Paula Creamer and Leigh Anne Hardin.
Shanshan Feng of Guangzhou, China, was the first Chinese player to join the LPGA Tour in 2008. Since then, she has accumulated seven professional wins, including the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship. Feng won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is currently No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings.
“I’m very excited to continue the partnership with the AJGA and very grateful for Buick’s joint sponsorship in the Buick Shanshan Feng Girls Invitational in February,” Feng said. “To be part of the top-level tournament on the AJGA calendar is a true pleasure for me, and I’m looking forward to bringing together the best girls from China and all around the world.”
The event will be hosted at TPC Valencia outside Los Angeles. Feng will be on-site for the event to interact with tournament participants. Other current LPGA Tour players who host AJGA events include Alison Lee, Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz and Annika Sorenstam.
“We are excited to extend Shanshan Feng’s support of the AJGA,” AJGA Chief Business Officer Jason Etzen said. “Since 2015, she has shown a passion for junior golfers, and we welcome her to the AJGA Invitational schedule for the next three years. We also look forward to having Buick on board for the event.
Feng’s 2016 event featured champions Qi Tian of Beijing, and Eddy Lai of San Jose, California. Tian earned entry into her first event as the Qualifier medalist, while Lai secured his third title at the AJGA Shanshan Feng Junior Championship.
About the AJGA
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 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.
Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick, on Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/buick
About Feng Shanshan Sports
Feng Shanshan Sports was founded in 2014 by China’s Feng Shanshan, LPGA major winner and Olympic medalist. With the purpose of the popularization and development of golf in China, Feng Shanshan Sports has held a series of junior golf events and public benefit activities such as “Golf to School” program and free “Happy Golf Camps” helping more than 10,000 kids to know and learn golf. In May 2017, Feng Shanshan Sports established Feng Shanshan Golf - Nansha Academy at Guangzhou Nansha Golf Club. The program aims to bring in the world’s top-level golf training system to China allowing more Chinese juniors to learn professional golf skills, while taking academic lessons, without traveling abroad. The company was certified as “Campus Golf Characteristic Demonstration Training Institution of China Golf Association” and “China Golf Association Youth Training Center.”