Chandler Amateur Hannah O’Sullivan and Chandler Professional Jessi White Get Sponsor Exemptions into Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club

Chandler Amateur Hannah O’Sullivan and Chandler Professional Jessi White
Get Sponsor Exemptions into Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club

2nd Guy Golf, founded by MLB pitcher Russ Ortiz,
partners as major sponsor of Gateway Classic

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 5, 2015 – The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, is excited to announce that Chandler amateur Hannah O’Sullivan and Chandler professional Jessi White have received sponsor exemptions to play in the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club the week of February 16-22.

Hannah O'Sullivan, Chandler Amateur Golfer

O’Sullivan, a 16-year-old junior at Hamilton High School and White, a former Oregon State golfer, will compete amongst the top 120 up-and-coming professional golfers from around the world at Longbow Golf Club. The players will be competing for a total tournament purse of $100,000 with the winner earning $15,000.

The three-round tournament begins on Friday, February 20 and concludes on Sunday, February 22. There will be a cut made after second round play on Saturday, February 21.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play in the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club,” said O’Sullivan. “It will be a unique experience for me to play with up and coming professional golfers, as normally I compete against elite junior golfers and top amateurs from around the country. Longbow Golf Club is one of my very favorite golf courses in Arizona and in the country for that matter. I am very grateful for receiving the sponsor’s exemption, and I thank Bob McNichols, the other sponsors of the tournament, and also the LPGA Symetra Tour.”

O’Sullivan is a rising star in the game of women’s golf. She was one of only 12 juniors in the country selected to the victorious 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team.

In August of 2014, she was a semifinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She is currently 45th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and 13th in the AJGA Polo rankings. O’Sullivan has already committed to play college golf at the University of Southern California (USC).

O’Sullivan won the 2012 and 2013 Arizona High School Division I Championship individual title. She was also the Arizona state high school player of the year in 2012 and 2013. She was a Rolex Junior All-American each of the last three years (2012-2014). This will not be her first start in a professional event. She qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open held in Kohler, Wisconsin.

“My goal is to golf professionally on the biggest stage after I graduate from college at USC, so I think playing in the Symetra Tour’s Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club will be a great opportunity for me to learn and gain a greater understanding of my golf game,” said O’Sullivan.

Jessi White, who has played on the Symetra Tour since 2010 and is an ambassador for 2nd Guy Golf’s ladies brand, 2nd Girl Golf, will play in the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club for a third consecutive year.

A Bellingham, Washington native who now resides in Chandler, White notched four career top-10 finishes on the Symetra Tour after playing college golf at Oregon State.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to be playing so close to my home town of the last six years, Chandler, Ariz.,” said White. “I always look forward to playing in the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club – it’s one of my favorite events on The Symetra Tour. This opportunity will help kick start my year and help me chase my dream of playing on the LPGA Tour. I’m excited to showcase the great 2nd Girl Golf apparel on the golf course and contend for the $15,000 winner’s check.”

2nd Guy Golf, founded by Russ Ortiz, has partnered as a founding sponsor of the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club. Ortiz, who pitched for 12 seasons in the major leagues, started the apparel company 2nd Guy Golf to combine his passion for fashion, golf and giving back to charity. His company also started 2nd Girl Golf, which caters to women golfers.

All of the proceeds from 2nd Guy Golf go towards Feed My Starving Children and Josie’s Angels.

For more information on 2nd Guy Golf, visit http://2ndguygolf.com/.

For more information about the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club, contact tournament director Ryan Ronk at 386-341-2972 or ryan.ronk@lpga.com.

About the Symetra Tour

The Symetra Tour, the official Road to the LPGA, will begin its 35th competitive season in 2015. With the support of its umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. The top-10 money winners each season earn memberships on the LPGA Tour for the following season. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA including 2014 RICOH Women’s British Open champion Mo Martin and current Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 382 LPGA titles, including 45 major championships. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA,Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

Media Contact

Bret Lasky, Coordinator, Symetra Tour Media, bret.lasky@lpga.com, 386-679-1292.

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