The LPGA awarded ShopRite with the distinguished Commissioner’s Award during the tour’s season-ending Rolex Awards banquet on Thursday night in Naples, Fla. In 2016, ShopRite celebrated its 25th year as a supporter of the LPGA and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. During that tenure, ShopRite has donated more than $30 million through its association with the LPGA, more than any other sponsor in the history of the tour.
The Commissioner’s Award was introduced in 1991 by the LPGA. It annually honors a person or organization that has contributed uniquely to the LPGA and its members, furthered the cause of women’s golf, and possesses character and standards of the highest order.
“We’re proud to recognize ShopRite for lifting the LPGA to new heights for 25 years and counting,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “They are our longest partner in tournament business and one of our greatest charitable supporters. We’re honored to be associated with a company that has worked so tirelessly as an advocate of its community and women's golf."
ShopRite became title sponsor of the Atlantic City Classic in 1992, seeking to strengthen its ties to the New Jersey community as it broadened its footprint throughout the mid-Atlantic region. ShopRite is now the LPGA’s longest-tenured sponsor, and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is the second longest running tournament on the LPGA.
"ShopRite is honored to receive the Commissioner's Award and proud to be part of a long tradition of promoting women's golf," said Jeff Reagan, senior vice president of marketing for Wakefern Food Corp., the marketing and distribution arm of ShopRite. "As title sponsor of the 2017 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, we once again get to be part of a world class golfing event that also benefits local schools, hospitals and other organizations that help those in need. We look forward to seeing some of the best female golfers in the world hit the links again this spring at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club."
ShopRite is the fifteenth recipient of the Commissioner’s Award, joining PING founders Karsten and Louise Solheim, longtime tournament host and actor Jamie Farr, and the original 13 LPGA founding members.