January 22, 2008 16:53 ET

Ya-Ni Tseng Signs With IMG

Chooses IMG for Worldwide Management and Marketing Representation Entering LPGA Rookie Season

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - IMG, the world's premier sports, entertainment and media company, today announced that Ya-Ni Tseng, on the eve of her 19th birthday, has selected IMG for global management and marketing representation.

Originally from Taoyuan, Taiwan but now residing in Beaumont, California, Ya-Ni will begin her rookie campaign on the LPGA at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in Kahuku, Hawaii on February 14th. Off to a stellar start in 2008, she has already posted a victory and a second place finish on the TLPGA.

Considered by many the top female player in Taiwan over the past four years, Ya-Ni has experienced her fair share of success throughout the rest of the world. Ya-Ni captured the 2004 USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship as well as the 2005 North & South Women's Amateur Championship. As a professional in 2007, Ya-Ni reigned supreme at the DLF Women's Indian Open and followed with an impressive victory at the Vancouver Golf Club on the CN Canadian Women's Tour.

In making the announcement, Mark Steinberg, Global Managing Director of IMG Golf, said, "IMG is thrilled to join Ya-Ni's team as she embarks upon her rookie season on the LPGA Tour. Ya-Ni is undoubtedly one of the most talented young players in the world and we are truly honored that she has chosen to partner with IMG to help her reach her goal of becoming one of the best golfers in the world."

"IMG has excellent resources on and off the golf course throughout the world. I am very happy to partner with them as I begin my journey on the LPGA," added Ya-Ni Tseng.

"Ya-Ni has a very bright future ahead of her and should have an immediate impact on women's professional golf," stated Jay Burton, Senior Vice President of IMG Golf, who will oversee Ya-Ni's team at IMG.

Matt Iofredo, who will serve as Ya-Ni's manager at IMG, added, "Ya-Ni is likely to compete for many championships and we look forward to working with her throughout her career."

About IMG

IMG is the world's premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise.

Operating in 30 countries, IMG's diverse businesses include: 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. IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

IMG's media and entertainment operations include content production subsidiaries Darlow Smithson Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. Globally, IMG produces and distributes more than 11,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and children's content annually. IMG also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

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