Nantucket & Company, led by Richard Turer, is continuing with efforts to bring a LPGA annual event to Nantucket beginning September 2015. The event would contribute significantly to the economy of the island and generate awareness for Nantucket as a great fall destination for non-golfers and golfers alike.
In August, 2013 the commissioners of the Nantucket Land Bank, owners of Miacomet Golf Course, voted unanimously to explore the concept of hosting such an event. The vote was followed by two visits by the LPGA, leading to an endorsement of Miacomet Golf Club and Nantucket enabling the island to compete for one of the few remaining spaces available on the tour.
“Many companies have expressed interest for sponsorship positions beginning 2015,” said Turer. I am pleased that the LPGA continues to support our efforts and that a September tournament date remains available. That said, there is more work to do to make this a reality”
The proposed week-long event, including a Pro-Am tournament, would require more than $4 million in sponsorship funding. Since 1981, the cumulative charitable donations from the LPGA and its tournaments have totaled more than $211 million. It is anticipated The Nantucket LPGA Tournament and Pro Am will be an important benefactor to the island.
Nantucket & Company is working with Eiger Marketing Group (EMG) of Greenwich, CT to assist in tournament planning and sponsorship procurement. EMG currently operates the Shoprite LPGA Classic in Atlantic City, NJ, one of the most successful stops on the tour. It is anticipated EMG would operate Nantucket’s event. “Eiger is thrilled to be assisting in this effort,” said Tim Erensen, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Eiger Marketing Group. “My family visits Nantucket often and our company is committed to delivering a world-class event meant to appeal to residents and visitors alike while benefitting the community-at-large.”
Nantucket & Company has worked closely with many island organizations necessary to make such an event become a reality. The municipality, transportation companies, lodging association, real estate association and many residents have participated in our efforts, and have played a critical role in our progress. “We are now in the process of establishing an Advisory Board,” said Turer, “and will formalize membership in the weeks ahead. I am grateful to those expressing interest to date including Alan Costa, John Daniels, David Callahan, Robert DeCosta, Rich Gotham, Joe Hale, Harris MacNeill, Barry White and Bunny Wullschleger.”
“We remain hopeful and will support Nantucket & Company in its efforts to bring the LPGA tour to such a unique destination,” noted Ricki Lasky, Vice-President, Tournament Business Affairs, LPGA. “Nantucket is a beautiful island, Miacomet is an award-winning course, and September is the perfect time to be there. The entire golf community is cheering for this event to happen.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Conducting Miacomet Golf Club site inspection last fall, from left to right: Brad Alexander, Lead Rules Official, LPGA; Sean Oberly, Miacomet Superintendent; Alan Costa, Miacomet President. Miacomet Golf Club subsequently named New England Course of the Year.
CONTACT: Nantucket & Company. PO Box 491, Nantucket, 02554. (508)-296-3225