The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. plans to expand its involvement with professional golf by adding three tour players to its sponsorship ranks.
In the upcoming season, 2004 Ryder Cup players Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry as well as the LPGA Tour’s Beth Bauer, will wear The Hartford’s “Stag” logo on their playing apparel as part of new endorsement agreements.
The Hartford has sponsored Fairfield, Conn., native and fifth year PGA TOUR pro J.J. Henry since 2002. Henry earned over $840,000 in 2004 and finished 93rd on the PGA TOUR money list in 2004, finishing the season with three top ten finishes.
In addition to adding the company’s logo to their gear, the players now joining Henry on the growing “Team Hartford” roster will also participate in company sponsored events and promotional activities.
Chad Campbell, a 2004 Ryder Cup player, finished 24th on the PGA TOUR money list earning over $2.25 million. He won the 2003 TOUR Championship and captured his second TOUR win at the Bay Hill Invitational in 2004. Campbell is 18th in the World Golf Rankings.
Kenny Perry, a Ryder Cup teammate, earned just under $2 million finishing 30th on the TOUR money list. In 2003 Perry had three TOUR wins at the Bank of America Colonial, the Memorial Tournament and the Greater Milwaukee Open. Perry is 19th in the World Golf Rankings.
Beth Bauer turned professional in 2000 and participated in the SBC Futures Tour in 2001 where she won four tournaments and was named the Player and Rookie of the year. Bauer won the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 2002. She earned close to $80,000 on the LPGA Tour in 2004.
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