After sweeping LPGA and Ladies European Tour Q-School titles at the end of 2012, Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn have signed with IMG for management and marketing representation. It marks the beginning of a year in which Ariya, 17, and Moriya, 18, will reach uncharted waters.
Moriya earned co-medalist honors on Dec. 2 at LPGA Q-School, ending an amateur career that included a runner-up finish at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur and low-amateur honors at the U.S. Women’s Open that same summer.
“Playing golf professionally on the LPGA Tour has been a lifelong dream for me, and I can’t wait to get started,” said Moriya. “Many of my golf heroes growing up were represented by IMG, and as a company with such a strong presence in golf around the world, my family and I knew that they were the right fit for us.”
Ariya turned professional after being named Rolex Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Amateur victories in 2012 included the AJGA Thunderbird, Rolex Girls Championship, Women’s Western Amateur, Canadian Women’s Amateur, PGA Junior Championship and Polo Golf Junior Classic. She also won LET Q-School by five shots.
“It’s a very exciting time for my sister and me,” said Ariya. “We look at how many strong young players, from all parts of the world, are helping make women’s golf so popular, and we will be thrilled to be a part of it. We know that IMG will play a very important role in helping us become the best professional players we can be.”
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