Amundi today announces its sponsorship of seven emerging standouts in women’s golf as they launch their careers in Asia. This marks the launch of Amundi’s third team of up-and-coming women golf players, the Asia Amundi Team.
This launch comes after the creation of the Europe Amundi Team in 2021 and that of the US Amundi Team earlier in 2022, and is testament to Amundi’s growing commitment to women’s golf since becoming the five-year title partner of the women’s golf major in Evian last year, renamed The Amundi Evian Championship. The sponsorship is part of the Amundi Women Talent Program, which provides financial assistance to talented young women golfers from around the world as they compete in high-profile international tournaments, and is borne out of Amundi’s strong commitment to gender equality and diversity. Other major initiatives in support of women’s golf include the title sponsorship of the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge and the launch earlier this year of the Amundi German Masters, bringing back a top class women’s golf tournament to Germany. Amundi is also supporting the younger generation of golfers, men and women, through the Amundi Young Talent Program.
The seven players are Ruoning Yin, Xiang Sui, Wenbo Liu, Sophie Han and Tiffany Huang from Greater China; Budsabakorn Sukapan from Thailand and Sayaka Takahashi from Japan. The seven athletes have demonstrated immense talent and commitment to the sport in their early careers to date.
- Xiang Sui, aged 23, started her golf journey at the age of six and participated in the tournaments from seven. Being the second runner-up in the 2015 Wuhan Challenge with the honor of best amateur player at the Tour event in Hubei province, she stood out at the 2021 the China Ladies Professional Golf Association by achieving four winners. Xiang Sui made several top ten finishes in her first professional year.
- Wenbo Liu, 21, the China LPGA Tour Order of Merit leader, won the third CLPGA Tour title in 2021. She was the first runner-up of the 2019 Buick LPGA tour and the Team Bronze Medalist and Individual Silver Medalist at the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games. Liu is qualified for the 2022 U.S. Women’s open.
- Ruoning Yin, aged 18, has become the first golfer to win three successive tournaments after becoming a professional player and has successfully earned her card at the 2022 Ladies Professional Golf Association. She won nine championships at the age of 17, including seven amateur championships and two junior championships. Representing the Chinese National Golf team, Ruoning secured a bronze medal for the women’s golf team at the Asian Games at the age of 16.
- Sophie Han, aged 15, started her golf journey at the age of seven. Over the past 12 months, she has delivered impressive performances at major events, including a sixth at the China Amateur Golf Tour Finals in January 2022 and tenth as the youngest player involved in the National Games in Shaanxi in September 2021. She participates in American Junior Golf Association tournaments in the United States in 2022 and will represent Hong Kong in the upcoming Asian Games.
- Budsabakorn Sukapan, 24, played in Japan LPGA step-up tours after turning into a professional player in 2015. Ranking 24th in the Thai LPGA Order of Merit, Budsabakorn also participated in several LPGA tours in Thailand and China, respectively, and the Korean Women’s Open 2022. Her professional career includes eight wins, and she has secured a place in the upcoming LPGA Tour Qualifying School.
- Tiffany Huang, 17, has won various women amateur championships. She began her golf journey at the age of 7 and has achieved remarkable results in the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships, the Annika Sorenstam Invitational and Singapore Ladies Golf Association Amateur Open Golf Championship. In 2022, she won both the 44th Junior North & South Amateur and the golf qualifiers of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
- Sayaka Takahashi, aged 22, has been playing golf since she was ten years old, and won the Japan Women's Amateur Golf Championship in 2016. She became a professional golfer in 2018 to play for the Japan LPGA Tour. She won the 40th Fujisankei Ladies Classic of the Japan LPGA Tour in 2022.
Alain Berry, Head of Communication of Amundi, said, “Amundi has vowed its long-term commitment to advancing women's golf via the Amundi Evian Championship through the years. As part of our support in promoting diversity and equality, we are excited to launch the new Asia Amundi Team and to support female athletes in a region of strategic importance to Amundi. In partnering with players like Xiang Sui, Wenbo Liu, Ruoning Yin, Sophie Han, Tiffany Huang, Budsabakorn Sukapan, and Sayaka Takahashi we look forward to helping them unveil their potential further and emerge on the international golf scene.”
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