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MOBILE, AL (WSFA) -

Officials with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail are announcing a new title sponsor for the annual LPGA Classic to be held in the city of Mobile.

Airbus, which is building its first U.S.-based aircraft assembly plant in Alabama, signed on to be the primary sponsor of what will be called the "Airbus Mobile Bay LPGA Classic".

The event will be held May 22 to 25, 2014 at RTJ Magnolia Grove in Mobile.

"Mobile has a strong legacy of hosting the best women's golfers in the world," said John Cannon, president of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. "With Airbus as the new title sponsor, this tournament will be an even larger international event. Not only will we get to see some of the world's best athletes compete, but the international exposure and economic impact are tremendous. With the Airbus LPGA Classic on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in 2014, the eyes of the international golf community will be on America's original golf trail."

"Without a doubt, the past few years have been very exciting for Mobile, Alabama. The announcement that Airbus would be assembling A320 Family aircraft in its first U.S.-based production line in Mobile capped a long campaign that brought the community, elected officials and business together and put Mobile on the international stage within the aviation community. Now, Airbus is proud to combine its name with another event which puts Mobile on the international stage in another arena: ladies professional golf," said Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas and effective March 1 Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc.

"The event in Mobile has become a fixture on the LPGA Tour schedule and we look forward to working with Airbus to continue a first-class event," said LPGA Tour Commissioner, Mike Whan. "The southern hospitality of Mobile sponsors, volunteers, and fans is second to none on the Tour!"

"It is great to hear that Alabama will again host some of the most talented golfers in the world next year," said Director of Alabama Tourism Lee Sentell. "In a short time, Alabama went from not being a golf state to becoming a destination that attracts some of the best tournaments and lots of fans. The substantial economic impact is important to our tourism industry."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama which is also the primary lender to Raycom Media, the parent company of this station.

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