World No. 1 Ko, Solaire ink rich deal

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    SOUTH Korean world No. 1 Jin Young Ko gave her title-retention drive in next week’s Volvik Founders Cup in Phonenix, Arizona a big boost as she inked an exclusive sponsorship agreement with Solaire Resort and Casino recently.

    Ko, who will turn 25 in July, pulled through from a crowded leaderboard and edged four rivals by one to rule the $1.5 million Founders Cup last year. She later won three more championships, including two majors, to claim the LPGA Player of the Year trophy, one year after winning the Rookie of the Year honors.

    With Solaire as her chief backer, Ko said linking up with the country’s premier integrated resort comes with great responsibility but the 11-time winner on the LPGA of Korea Tour vowed to dish out her best in every tournament and deliver the goods.

    “I am truly grateful for the support from Solaire and I will continue to compete in LPGA tournaments with greater responsibility as its new brand ambassador,” said Ko. “I was fortunate to have achieved some of my biggest milestones but will continue to challenge myself with new goals and repay Solaire with many victories.”

    As the new Solaire ambassador, Ko will play with the Solaire logo in her cap for the next two years on the LPGA Tour and other major championships.

    “On behalf of Solaire, we are happy to announce that Ms. Jin Young Ko is Solaire’s new Brand Ambassador. We are honored and proud to have the world No. 1 to partner with us,” said Razon, chairman of Bloomberry Resort and Hotel, a subsidiary of Sureste Properties, Inc., which runs Solaire.