How’s this for a catchy name: Airbus Mobile Bay LPGA Classic?
It will be par for the course this spring when the annual tournament reconvenes May 22-25 at RTJ Magnolia Grove golf course in Mobile.
“Mobile has a strong legacy of hosting the best women’s golfers in the world, ” said John Cannon, president of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. “With Airbus as the new title sponsor, this tournament will be an even larger international event. With the Airbus LPGA Classic on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in 2014, the eyes of the international golf community will be on America’s original golf trail.”
Allan McArtor, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc., also expressed enthusiasm over the new partnership. Aircraft assembly in Mobile is planned to start in 2015, with first deliveries from the Mobile facility beginning in 2016.
From Mobile Bay to the Tennessee River, the RTJ Golf Trail has 26 courses on 11 sites across Alabama. In 2012, the economic impact of both the LPGA events in Mobile and Prattville exceeded $30 million.
Text by Dave Helms