Empire State Building to Host Lexi Thompson in Drive, Chip and Putt Lighting Ceremony


WHO: Lexi Thompson, a seven-time champion on the LPGA Tour

WHAT: LPGA Tour Pro Lexi Thompson will participate in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building to celebrate the upcoming Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals and start of registration for this summer’s local qualifying, open now to boys and girls ages 7-15. The 2016 National Finals will be held at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters Tournament.

WHERE: Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets
Following ceremony, photo op to take place on 86th Floor Observatory

WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2016
Media Check-in: 12:45 p.m.
Photo Opportunity: 1:00 p.m.

CONTACT: Chris Bartels, UEG / Chris.Bartels@uegworldwide.com 646-591-6171 (for Empire State Building)

Steve Ethun, ANGC Director of Communications / spethun@augustanational.com 706-667-6705

Janeen Driscoll, USGA Director of Public Relations / JDriscoll@USGA.org 908-326-1978

Jamie Carbone, PGA of America Director of Public Relations / jcarbone@pgahq.com 561-624-8446

* Please RSVP to confirm your space!

About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.

About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2015, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 720,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.

About the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, subregional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel. For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, please visit: www.DriveChipandPutt.com.