March 29, 2007 09:03 ET

Julieta Granada Signs With IMG

LPGA Tour Professional Chooses IMG for Management and Marketing Representation

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2007 -- IMG, the world's premier sports, entertainment and media company, today announced that LPGA Tour Professional, Julieta Granada, has selected IMG for worldwide management and marketing representation.

Since turning professional in 2005, Granada, 20, has distinguished herself as one of the LPGA Tour's brightest young stars. Her outstanding 2006 season included seven Top 10 finishes, including a victory at the ADT Championship, where she became the first player in LPGA history to earn a $1 million paycheck.

The first Paraguayan-born player to win on the LPGA Tour, Granada finished the 2006 season ranked fourth on the LPGA Tour money list with more than $1.6 million in earnings -- a record for a rookie on the tour.

"IMG is honored to join Julieta's team and support her ambitions both on and off the golf course," said Mark Steinberg, Global Managing Director of IMG Golf. "Her track record and immediate success as a professional are truly impressive, while her work ethic, charming personality and desire to be the best will make her a fixture on the professional golf landscape for many years to come."

Granada added, "I am very excited to partner with IMG. The firm has an unrivaled legacy and footprint in sports, and it has the extensive resources, expertise and leadership to help me achieve my long-term career goals in the U.S. and around the globe."

Granada began the 2007 LPGA Tour season with a victory for Paraguay at the Women's World Cup of Golf with Celeste Troche. She also finished in second place at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in February. Granada is currently ranked No. 15 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.

Prior to turning professional, Granada enjoyed a notable amateur career. In 2004, she was named Athlete of the Year in her native Paraguay. She also won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, the World Amateur Team Championship Individual Title and the American Junior Golf Association Rolex Player of the Year Award.

Granada attended IMG Academies' David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida after moving from Paraguay at age 14.

Granada's team will be led by Jon Heaton, IMG Client Account Executive, and based in Cleveland.

About IMG

IMG is the world's premier Sports, Entertainment and Media Company. IMG is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports & Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs more than 2,600 people in 30 countries. Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

IMG Sports & Entertainment includes: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic sports, and action sports. In addition, IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training experiences to over 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

IMG Media, which includes our content production subsidiaries TWI, Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP), and Tiger Aspect Productions (TAP), is recognized as a global leader in the delivery of traditional and new media content and services, with Internet, broadband, and mobile expertise, transforming how audiences access and interact with content.

IMG Media produces and distributes over 11,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual, and children's content annually, over multiple platforms across 220 countries, including award-winning television and radio programming. It also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's biggest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

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