PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Microsoft, the iconic multinational technology company based in the Pacific Northwest, has been named a Founding Sponsor of the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be held at Sahalee Country Club in the Seattle-area community of Sammamish, Washington, in June.
As a Founding Sponsor, Microsoft joins an impressive group of companies participating in and supporting both the Championship and Summit. The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit brings together today’s most accomplished leaders in business, politics, sports, and the media to inspire the next generation of women leaders.
“We’re pleased to have Microsoft join Zurich Insurance, National Car Rental, Kia Motors America, and Rolex, as a Founding Sponsor of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit,” said Sean Riley, Championship Director. “These companies have been so supportive of this great Championship and of women’s golf.”
Microsoft will also be connecting with clients and customers throughout the Championship, showcasing Microsoft’s latest technology offerings, as well as participating in the important conversations being had at the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.
“We are excited to have the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit in Microsoft’s backyard this year and to be able to participate as a Founding Sponsor. With so many incredible women leaders at Microsoft we look forward to joining the conversations at the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and collaborating to further inspire the next generation of women leaders.” – said Monica Robbins, Microsoft Brand Studio.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — a collaboration between the PGA of America, KPMG, and the LPGA Tour — continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship. Broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, the Championship offers a purse among the highest in women’s golf. It combines a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.
This is the second year that a women's major championship is being conducted by the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG. The PGA also operates the annual PGA Championship and biennial Ryder Cup competition. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, held last year at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., was won for a third consecutive year by Inbee Park.
Sahalee Country Club, site of the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major, following the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 1946, played in Spokane.