SemGroup, L.P., will title sponsor the SemGroup Championship presented by John Q. Hammons when the LPGA Tour returns to the Tulsa area for the seventh annual Tournament, April 30 – May 6, 2007.
SemGroup’s title sponsorship is a three-year partnership with Octagon, the Tournament’s management company. Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow has committed to host the Tournament through 2009.
“Our partnership with Octagon and the LPGA is really a commitment to the Tulsa community,” said Thomas Kivisto, president and CEO of SemGroup, L.P. “We are excited about the future of this Tournament as it continues to grow in this community, where we work, live and play.”
“The community support, which ranges from the many volunteers to the Tulsa families who host our players to the fans who come out to cheer on their favorite LPGA golfer, is among the best on our Tour,” said LPGA Commissioner Carolyn F. Bivens. “The course is extremely challenging and a great test for our players. The local media embraces the tournament with comprehensive coverage and the tournament is well run. It is a pleasure to welcome SemGroup to our family of title sponsors and acknowledge the commitment John Q. Hammons continues to the Tulsa community and to our Tour.”
Ambassadors since the tournament’s inception in 2001, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts and The Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center have played an integral role in ensuring the LPGA’s longevity in Oklahoma. The transition from three-year title sponsor to presenting sponsor comes one month after an announcement that the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship presented by John Q. Hammons will be added to the LPGA Tour schedule in 2007.
“I believe in the Tulsa community and I am proud that we were able to play a lead role the last three years in keeping this great event in the area,” said John Q. Hammons, chairman of John Q. Hammons Industries and owner of The Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center. “As presenting sponsor, we look forward to working with the great people at SemGroup and hosting the ladies from the LPGA Tour for years to come.”
Under the direction of Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf Buddy Phillips, Cedar Ridge Country Club has hosted the LPGA Tour for three years and a variety of events in its 38-year history, including the 1983 U.S. Women’s Open and 1974 and 1997 Trans-Miss Amateur Championships.