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Maria Verchenova becomes "face" of PGA National Russia
March 30, 2011

Golf Club ZAVIDOVO, PGA National (Russia) have signed a five (5) year sponsorship agreement with Russia's leading lady professional golfer Maria Verchenova, who becomes one of the "faces" of the Zavidovo project.

The agreement reflects the general policy of the club to popularise the game of golf in Russia and to support talented Russian golfers into achieving their potential. With golf now back in the Olympics from 2016 it is Russia's ambition to be well represented in golf at the games and it is hoped that Maria will be flying the flag for the Russian ladies.

Maria, 25, started playing golf at the age of 12 and has won multiple Russian amateur championships as well as the amateur championships of Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovenia and Austria. She has played on the ladies European Tour since 2007 and although has not achieved a maiden victory she has had 2 top 10 finishes to date.

ZAVIDOVO, PGA National President Alexander Yarunin said "We are delighted to support Maria to help her reach her potential. It is our dream to see Russian Golfers at the forefront of European golf and we feel Maria will inspire the youth of Russia."

"The club aims to develop an active family vacation resort and will welcome juniors to the facility. We see this as vitally important in the growth of the game in Russia and ensuring PGA National Russia and Zavidovo are a success" continued Yarunin.

"I would like to thank the officials at ZAVIDOVO, PGA National for their support and I am excited about the opportunity to help grow the popularity of the game of golf in Russia" said Maria. "I am looking forward to the new PGA National golf course opening in Zavidovo next year and getting involved in the programs that the club are developing to grow the game" she added.

Keith Haslam the Managing Director of Braemar Golf, who are responsible for the pre opening and management of the new ZAVIDOVO, PGA National Golf Club commented "This is fantastic news for ZAVIDOVO, PGA National. From the onset we identified and discussed the possibility of sponsoring Maria with Alexander and I am delighted it has become a reality. To have Russia's leading professional golfer working as our golfing ambassador will really aid us in promoting the club and the game of golf in general. We are excited about the many opportunities this will lead to."

Foot notes -

Maria Verchenova was born in 1986. She started playing golf at the age of 12 and quickly established herself as one of the leading players in Eastern Europe winning many amateur titles. She turned professional in 2006 and has played on the Ladies European Tour ever since, recording 2 top 10 finished. She cuts an elegant figure across the fairways at 176 cm tall with long dark hair.

Golf Club ZAVIDOVO, PGA National (Russia) is the centre piece of a 1,300 ha master-planned community in Tver Region of Russia, on the shores of the Ivankovskoye reservoir adjoining the Volga River, 90 km away from Moscow. It is set to become one of the landmarks of Russian urban development, a modern place for a work, living, and leisure. The golf course has been designed by European Golf Design. The club will fully open in the Summer of 2012.

Braemar Golf is an international golf services company head quartered at the home of golf in St Andrews, Scotland. They construct, support and manage high quality golf developments in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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