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New sponsor for WPGA Championships of Europe

Principality to sponsor WPGA Championships of Europe The Evian Tour announced a new sponsor for the 2001 WPGA Championship of Europe, to be held from July 26-29 at Royal Porthcawl GC in Wales.

Principality Building Society have signed a three year deal with the Tour to become the official financial services sponsor for the WPGA Championship of Europe, the third richest tournament on the Evian Tour with a prizefund of

The event, played a week before European golf's new Major, the Weetabix Women's British Open, it is destined to attract a world-class field playing
over one of the finest links in South Wales with most of last years winning Solheim Cup team expected to be in attendance.

John Mitchell, the chief executive of Principality was delighted with the partnership,

"This is an exciting venture for the Principality Building Society. Our aim
is to support both the Evian Tour and golf in Wales. We also recognise that
this is a stepping stone towards achieving the ambition of bringing the
Ryder Cup to Wales in 2009, which we are very proud to be a part of".

And Evian Tour chief executive Tim Howland reiterated the fact that more
blue chip companies were showing interest in the growing popularity of
women's European golf.

"I am thrilled to see that more top flight companies are looking at the
Evian Tour as a vehicle to promote their businesses," said Howland.

"The Evian Tour is strengthening and with Principality's involvement over
the next three years, the future looks bright for women's European golf.

"And it is great news for the 2009 Wales Ryder Cup bid that such a big
company should give its backing to a prestigious event such as the WPGA
Championships," he added.

Founded in 1860, Principality Building Society is Wales' largest independent
financial organisation. With more branches in Wales than any other building
society and is one of the largest building societies in Great Britain.

And Principality is offering two ladies an exclusive opportunity to compete
in the at the WPGA Championships Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday 25th July.
To enter the draw, pick up an application from your nearest branch of the
Principality Building Society.

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