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April 11, 2012

Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, and Lorie Kane Scheduled to Compete in the Inaugural 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Waterloo - Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, and Lorie Kane have joined the field for the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo Golf Course, June 20-24.

In her eighth year on the LPGA Tour, Paula Creamer has earned nine victories including one major championship at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2010. Creamer has been ranked as high as number two in the Women’s Golf Rankings and currently sits at number ten. Creamer is the fastest player in LPGA history to cross the $3, $4, and $5 million marks in career earnings.

Michelle Wie made an early impact in the professional golf world, setting and still holding the record as the youngest player to make the cut in an LPGA event (13 years, 5 months, 17 days). By 2006, Wie had climbed to the third ranked female golfer in the world. Wie joined the LPGA Tour in 2009 and has since won two titles and been a two-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team.

Charlottetown, PEI native Lorie Kane began her career on the LPGA tour in 1996, and was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year. During her time as a professional, Kane has claimed 4 LPGA titles and ranks 18th in all-time career earnings. She was presented with the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest honor, in 2006.

While Creamer, Wie, and Kane are scheduled to play in the tournament; the final field is not yet set. “It’s too early in the year to know exactly who is coming to the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic,” says Tournament Director Richard Kuypers. “But what I can tell you is that we’re expecting the vast majority of the best players in the world to be in Waterloo in June; and today’s announcement is a great start.”

“Manulife is a leading international financial services company with principle operations in Asia, Canada and the United States,” shares Brian Gooding, Senior Vice President of Distribution at Manulife Financial. “It has always been Manulife’s intention to shine a global spotlight on Waterloo Region and we are thrilled that three of the world’s top female golfers have already signed on to compete in our tournament.”

Tickets to the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic are priced as low as $30 and can be used any day of the tournament. Children age 15 and under will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Order your tickets online now at www.manulifeclassic.ca or call the tournament office at (519) 884-5742. Group ticket packages are also available.

About the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is a new addition to the LPGA Tour and will feature a standard eligibility field of 144 players, 72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $1.3 million. The 2012 inaugural tournament will take place June 20-24, at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, home of Manulife Financial’s Canadian Division. www.manulifeclassic.ca

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$500 billion (US$491 billion) as at December 31, 2011. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

About Sports Properties International
Sports Properties International was created to provide an environment where communities and spectacular sporting events can come together, connected by a common interest. Sports Properties International can be found on the Internet at www.sportspropertiesinternational.com.

About Bruno Event Team
Bruno Event Team (BET) is a Birmingham, Alabama-based sports marketing and event management company formed in 1996 by Ronald Bruno and Gene Hallman. Bruno Event Team is experienced in all facets of event management, employing a year-round staff of 70+ employees in nine offices around the United States and one office in Canada.  Bruno Event Team services each client with expertise in strategic planning, marketing, advertising, public and media relations, ticket and merchandise sales, sponsor relations, hospitality consulting, event operations, event financial planning/accounting and volunteer coordination. Visit www.brunoeventteam.com for additional information. 


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