DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 6, 2008 – The Duramed FUTURES Tour announces today a new title sponsor for its inaugural tournament in Daytona Beach. Virginia-based AMERICAN SYSTEMS, a professional, technical and IT services company, will serve as the title sponsor for the $100,000 AMERICAN SYSTEMS Invitational, set for April 4-6, at LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach.
“This is the first time AMERICAN SYSTEMS has ever teamed up with an association,” said Tony Baldwin, vice president of business intelligence for the company. “We became a sponsor at the LPGA’s ADT Championship and have had a two-year partnership with them, doing their system development engineering. Now, we’re working with the Duramed FUTURES Tour and we see so much consistency in the connection. This tour is where the great women pros get their start.”
The April tournament will bring a women’s professional golf tournament back to LPGA International, where the last official tour event held was the LPGA’s 2000 Arch Wireless Championship. LPGA International hosts the LPGA’s annual Final Qualifying Tournament each fall. The April Duramed FUTURES Tour event will be contested on The Legends Course.
“Our Daytona Beach tournament will provide AMERICAN SYSTEMS with a great opportunity to let the local business community know about their many professional capabilities, while it also will give the company a wonderful new platform to entertain their top customers,” said Zayra F. Calderon, president and CEO of the Duramed FUTURES Tour.
Founded in 1975, AMERICAN SYSTEMS is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States. Based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Chantilly, Virginia, the company provides systems engineering, technical, and managed services to government and private sector customers. The company has 21 office locations and more than 125 field sites, with interests in both the government sector, specializing in such areas as intelligence, acquisition and logistics, and national security, and on the commercial side in such areas as financial services, telecommunications and energy.
About the Duramed FUTURES Tour
Called “The Road To the LPGA and Beyond,” the Duramed FUTURES Tour has become the world’s largest international women’s developmental tour. In its 28th competitive season this year, the Tour has remained committed to developing LPGA stars of tomorrow and creating viable role models for youth today. The top-five money winners each season earn automatic exemptions for the LPGA Tour. With more than 300 alumnae as current members of the LPGA, through 2007, former Duramed FUTURES Tour players have won a total of 329 LPGA titles, including 35 major championships. Duramed FUTURES Tour events have contributed more than $4 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. For more information, visit www.duramedfuturestour.com.
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