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The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Returns To Waterloo With A Full Schedule Of Events

Lorie Kane to host a clinic in Waterloo Town Square;"Go Red" for St. Mary's General Hospital @ManulifeClassic #ManulifeLPGA

WATERLOO, ON, July 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - The second Manulife Financial LPGA Classic returns to Waterloo from July 10-14 with a full week of activities for the whole family to enjoy.


The tournament is set to kick off in the Waterloo Town Square with the BlackBerry Community Event on Sunday, July 7. This family-friendly event will feature children's activities, games, face painting, and giveaways. Renowned Canadian golfer, Lorie Kane, will make a special appearance at 1 p.m. to perform a clinic for fans.

Tournament Play

On-course events at Grey Silo Golf Club will begin on Monday, July 8 with the St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation Charity Pro-Am. Grey Silo Golf Club will officially open to the public on Wednesday, July 10, as 52 of the top female players in the field tee off for the official Pro-Am. A group of local junior golfers will get the chance to caddy for the pros at the Pro-Am as a part of the CN Future Links Walk with a Pro program. The first and second rounds of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic will take place on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 beginning at 7 a.m. and will be televised live on the Golf Channel from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. The final two rounds on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 will be televised live on the Golf Channel from 3 - 6 p.m.

Charity and Volunteer Initiatives

Official charity partner, St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation, will be conducting a Pedometer Challenge in partnership with BlackBerry, encouraging fans to keep active for heart health. Pedometers will be distributed to 1000 spectators each day from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14. Participants will be entered for a chance to win one BlackBerry Z10 smartphone per day.

On Friday July 12, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is going red for women's heart health. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear red in support of St. Mary's heart health initiatives, and the women you love.  Help us "red-out" the tournament on Friday, July 12!

In addition to being the tournament's title sponsor, Manulife Financial is also the official volunteer sponsor, as volunteerism is its Signature Cause. This year, Manulife is enhancing the volunteer program to show appreciation to the 1200 volunteers who ensure the success of the tournament. Volunteers will have access to an exclusive on-course viewing area on the 12 th hole to relax before or after their shift to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Fun for the Whole Family

Presenting Sponsor BlackBerry will unveil the new BlackBerry Family Zone, located near the main entrance. This area will feature kid-friendly activities including a bouncy castle, face painting and mini putt. BlackBerry furthers their presence on the course with The BlackBerry Welcome Area, which will offer demos of the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones to the public. Technical representatives will be available on-site and the area will feature charging stations and other rewards for BlackBerry smartphone customers. Again this year, BlackBerry customers will receive tournament updates through the BBM Friends Updates program that was launched at last year's tournament. This on-site messaging initiative provides users with a direct connection to sponsor messaging, on-site activities and contests, upcoming schedules, weather information, and more.

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