KPMG signs Ólafía KristinsdóttirKristinsdóttir to join Stacy Lewis and Mariah Stackhouse as LPGA Tour Brand Ambassadors
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND / ORLANDO, January 19 - KPMG Iceland today announced a global sponsorship agreement with Icelandic professional golfer Ólafía Kristinsdóttir. The 24-year old from Reykjavik will join two-time LPGA major champion Stacy Lewis, ranked 14 th in the world, and rising star Mariah Stackhouse as a KPMG brand ambassador. Like her fellow ambassadors, Kristinsdóttir will display the KPMG logo on the front of her cap as she competes on the LPGA Tour in 2017.
Kristinsdóttir earned her LPGA Tour card for the 2017 season by finishing in 2 nd place at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School in early December. In the process, she became the first Icelander to secure full-time status on the LPGA Tour. Her week was highlighted by a 2 nd round 66, and her impressive play continued through the weekend to finish one-stroke away from victory. A local star in Iceland, she had the largest galleries of the week, many of whom where Iceland natives who had made the trip to the United States to cheer on Ólafía.
“Ólafía is truly a trailblazer for Iceland and someone that young golfers, and athletes in general, look up to you,” said Jón S Helgason, Senior Partner of KPMG Iceland. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support her career and look forward to seeing great things from her in the years to come, both on and off the course as a golf ambassador for KPMG Iceland.”
Kristinsdóttir shared, “I am honoured to be sponsored by such a prestigious firm like KPMG. They have shown a great commitment to elevating women’s golf, and I cannot wait to represent them, and my country Iceland, as I embark on my professional career on the LPGA Tour.”
KPMG’s brand ambassadors in golf include Phil Mickelson, Stacy Lewis, Mariah Stackhouse, Paul Dunne, Klara Spilkova, and Ólafía Kristinsdóttir. KPMG is also the title sponsor of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Ólafía Kristinsdóttir’s Accomplishments
As an amateur, Ólafía Kristinsdóttir was an accomplished junior golfer in her home country, winning several junior tournaments and culminated by being named the “Most Talented Icelandic Women Golfer” in 2009. Kristinsdóttir was also the 2011, 2014 and 2016 Icelandic Champion and is a five-time Icelandic Golfer of the Year, most recently in 2016. This December she was 3 rd in the voting of 2016 Icelandic Athlete of the Year.
After completing her collegiate golf career at Wake Forest University in 2014, Ólafía turned professional in September of that year. A T25 finish at the 2015 Lalla Aicha Tour Qualifying Final Round earned her full playing privileges on the Ladies European Tour for the 2016 season. Her rookie season was highlighted by a T16 at the Tipsport Golf Masters and T26 at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.
For more information, contact:
Jón S. Helgason
About KPMG in Iceland
KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations.
In Iceland KPMG is the largest of the Big Four professional services firm and is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to the community, diversity and inclusion. We operate in 17 offices around Iceland and have 270 people working around the country.
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