KPMG Signs Rising Irish Golf Star Paul Dunne
Dunne to join Phil Mickelson and Stacy Lewis as Brand Ambassador for KPMG
DUBLIN, IRELAND 10 February 2016: KPMG Ireland today announced a sponsorship agreement with Irish professional golfer Paul Dunne. The 23 year old from Greystones, Ireland will join five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson and two-time LPGA Major Champion Stacy Lewis as a KPMG brand ambassador. Like his fellow ambassadors, Dunne will display the KPMG logo on the front of his cap as he competes in Ireland and around the world.
Since making the transition to the professional ranks in 2015, Dunne has already made an impression on the golf world, having led the Dunhill Links in his first event as a professional last year. In 2016, he earned a top 10 finish on the European Tour at the Jo'Burg Open and finished T13 in his PGA TOUR debut at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open. These professional achievements have been watched closely since he became a global media sensation last summer when the Irishman first captured the world's attention.
Paul became the first amateur in 88 years to lead the Open Championship after 54 holes, teeing off alongside Louis Oosthuizen in the final group. He went on to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup, helping them to a win over the USA. Dunne earned his European Tour Card and spot in the 2016 Race to Dubai in the final stages of Qualifying School last November. Before becoming one of the top emerging young players in the world, Dunne graduated with a degree in Business Finance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.
Shaun Murphy, KPMG Managing Partner in Ireland and Lead Director of the KPMG International Board said; “Paul Dunne is a tremendous young golfer. Our sponsorship with Paul reflects our passion for investing in young Irish talent. We applaud his commitment and skill and look forward to working with Paul.”
“We are excited to enter into this relationship with Paul,” said John Veihmeyer, Chairman of KPMG International. “We believe that Paul’s passion for the game and maturity make him a natural fit to represent KPMG.”
KPMG and Paul Dunne will launch their relationship at the PGA TOUR’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Speaking on the eve of this launch and shortly before his 3rd PGA TOUR start, Paul said:
”I am very honoured to be associated with a brand like KPMG as I compete internationally on the European and PGA TOURs. It is an honour to join Phil Mickelson and Stacy Lewis as a fellow KPMG ambassador, two players whom I greatly admire and I look forward to learning from them as I embark on my professional career.”
For more information, contact:
David Deighan, Head of Communications, KPMG Ireland
+353 (1) 410 2371
For more information about KPMG’s golf platform, please visit: www.kpmg.com/golf
About KPMG in Ireland
KPMG in Ireland employs 2,200 people across its audit, tax and advisory services from offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services.
About KPMG International
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 174,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
Klára Spilková was born December 15, 1994 in Pague Czech Republic. As an amateur, she won a number of significant tournaments and was crowned the Czech Republic‘s Golf Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Then, as a permanent member of the Czech National Golf Team, she won both the International Championship of Austria and the Junior Championship of Germany in 2010.
2010 marked a turning point for Spilková; when as a 16-year old she gained her player card for the Ladies European Tour, thus becoming the youngest participant in the tour’s modern history. The following year, Spilková ranked within the top five of the Rolex Rookie of the Year competition after three top 10 finishes. She has continued to play well, racking up an additional top 10 finish since 2013 and finishing the 2015 LET season ranked 21st in points.
In 2016, Spilková was granted an exemption to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship marking her third career LPGA major championship. Later that summer, she represented the Czech Republic and finished T-48 at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event was the first time golf was played at the Games since 1904.
KPMG has sponsored Spilková since the spring of 2016. Her other partners include Volvo, Bogner, Titleist and others.
KPMG SIGNS RISING ICELANDIC GOLF STAR ÓLAFÍA KRISTINSDÓTTIR
Kristinsdóttir 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
For more information, please visit: www.kpmg.com/is or www.kpmg.com/golf
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.
Learn more at www.kpmg.is.
KPMG ehf., an Icelandic private limited liability company and a member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 152 countries.
Phil Mickelson was born on June 16, 1970 in San Diego, California, to the proud parents of Phil Mickelson, Sr. and Mary Mickelson. The left-handed swinger, nicknamed “Lefty,” started playing golf at a very young age. Otherwise right-handed, Mickelson honed his swing by mirroring his father, who was right-handed. Mickelson became a four-time All-American during his career at Arizona State University, turning pro upon his graduation in 1992. He currently resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California with his wife Amy and their three children: Evan, Amanda and Sophia.
Mickelson’s collegiate accolades piled up during his time at Arizona State University including: four-time first team All-American, three-time NCAA individual Champion, and three-time Haskin Award winner as the most outstanding college golfer for three years straight (1990, 1991, 1992). He won his first PGA Tour event as a 20-year-old amateur, the 1991 Northern Telecom Open, becoming only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to accomplish that feat.
Since turning pro in 1992, Mickelson has accomplished several milestones in his career. Representing the United States in all Ryder and Presidents Cups since 1994, he is also a five-time Major Champion: The Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), PGA Championship (2005) and The Open Championship (2013). Tallying 42 total PGA Tour victories and seven international wins, Phil shows no signs of slowing down. In 2011, he was inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame and recently just celebrated his first victory in Europe since 1993, winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. In the process, he became the first golfer to win the Scottish Open and British Open in consecutive weeks. At the peak of Mickelson’s career, he ranked number two in the official world golf rankings. After several weeks of stellar play, culminating with an emotional victory at the Open Championship, he is once again number two in the world.
Since February 2008, Phil Mickelson and KPMG together have built a strong relationship built on professionalism and integrity. Through the years those same shared values and passion for giving back to our communities have become one. In particular, KPMG and Mickelson share a commitment to children and literacy.
Phil and his wife, Amy, started the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation, which primarily focuses on supporting a variety of youth and family initiatives. Mickelson and his wife are committed to education and firmly believe that education is a way to a better life and a foundation for success for these children. In 2005, the Foundation established Start Smart, a program that invited 1,500 children to Target in the San Diego area to receive new school supplies and clothes for the upcoming school year. KPMG has been proud to support Start Smart since 2010.
In 2007, KPMG established KPMG's Family for Literacy to support youth and education. The program provides children from low-income families with their own new books — and in many cases, their very first book.
In 2012, KPMG and Mickelson came together to support children and literacy with, The Blue for Books campaign. Learn more here.
Stacy Lewis was born on February 16, 1985 in Toledo, Ohio. Lewis is the daughter of Dale and Carol Lewis of The Woodlands, Texas and is the middle child of three. She has an older sister, Beth, and a younger sister, Janet. The 5' 5" golfer started playing at the age of 8-years-old. But at age eleven, Lewis was diagnosed with scoliosis, leading to Stacy being in a back brace for 6 ½ years before having corrective back surgery during her senior year of high school. The surgery placed a steel rod and five screws in Stacy’s back and caused her to redshirt for one season before joining the University of Arkansas women’s golf team. Graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in both Accounting and Finance, the four-time All-American turned pro.
Stacy Lewis’ career began in 2005 at the University of Arkansas, where she became the SEC Freshman Golfer of the Year, 2007 NCAA Division I Champion, 2008 SEC Golfer of the Year and a four-time All-American. In June of 2008, following the Curtis Cup victory representing the US, Lewis turned professional.
Stacy competed in seven events on the LPGA tour in 2008, with two top-10 finishes including a tie for third at the U.S. Women’s Open and a tie for sixth at the Kapalua LPGA Classic. Her first official professional victory came at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, a major, where she held off defending champion Yani Tseng to win by three strokes. Lewis also represented the United States in 2011 at the Solheim Cup. In 2012, she was the first American in 18 years to win the Rolex LPGA Player of the Year. To date, Lewis has eight career victories, seven on the LPGA Tour. After a come-from-behind win at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup this season, Stacy Lewis became the number one-ranked woman golfer in the world, overtaking Yani Tseng who held that spot for 109 weeks straight. After maintaining that position for four consecutive weeks, she is now ranked number two in the world with eleven top-10 finishes this season. Stacy claimed the second major championship of her career at the 2013 RICOH Women’s British Open, finishing birdie-birdie on 17 & 18 to win by two strokes. The victory was the first by an American in the last 10 majors.
A stepping stone for all women, Lewis announced her partnership with KPMG at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March 2012. Her warmth, geniality, and the way she leaves an ever- lasting impression, was exactly what drew KPMG to Lewis. Lewis’ phenomenal success story of obstacles that she had to overcome is a message to be shared with all women, and KPMG is proud to partner with such a true role model.
Quitting was never an option when it came to overcoming adversity for Stacy Lewis. At a young age, Lewis was faced with the challenge of being diagnosed with scoliosis. After 6 ½ years of being in a back brace and then back surgery, she was at a turning point in her career with the potential of never being able to walk again, let alone play the sport she loved. Today, Lewis appreciates what she is able to do and what she gets to do every day; she takes nothing for granted.
Lewis’ touching success story of overcoming adversity at a young age and still striving to be better than before is a true definition of a champion. All that she has ever achieved has been earned, never given, no matter what obstacles stand before her. It’s in her nature, it’s who is she and that’s to be the best!
In 2007, KPMG established KPMG's Family for Literacy to support youth and education. The program provides children from low-income families with their own new books — and in many cases, their very first book. In 2013, KPMG and Lewis came together to support children and literacy with, The Blue for Books campaign. Learn more here.