Arena Group is sponsoring two up-and-coming professionals, building on its strong ties with the game, spanning a rich history supplying international golfing tournaments, from The Open, to the US Masters, to Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
Over recent decades Arena’s specialist event infrastructure has been a regular contributor to the high-quality production of many blue ribband golf events. No two courses are the same, and similarly, every championship requires a bespoke solution. Arena’s project teams draw on vast experience to deliver design-led venues, fan villages, hospitality suites and grandstand seating, which positions golf fans and VIP guests up-close to the action on prestigious courses around the world.
Arena Group CEO Paul Berger states:
“We are delighted to sponsor these promising young players. We have grown our business at Arena thanks to providing many international golf tournaments with infrastructure for audiences, VIP’s, broadcasters and player facilities.
“Arena feels like part of the golfing family, which brings so many cultures together. We’re proud to be able to put something back into the game by helping Harang Lee and Cutis Knipes progress their exciting careers.”
Korean born Harang Lee, 27, based in Spain, was a member of the Spanish National Team and played in three European Girls’ Team Championships, winning the bronze in 2011, silver in 2012 and bronze again in 2013, before winning the silver at the 2016 European Ladies’ Team Championship. She turned professional in 2017, earning conditional status on the LPGA Tour for 2018 and played mainly on the Symetra Tour in 2018 and 2019, with a best finish of third in the 2018 Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge.
In 2020, Lee made her LET debut at the Australian Ladies Classic and went on to make the cut in all six appearances. In 2021, she finished T16 at the South African Women’s Open and T12 at the Jabra Ladies Open. Harang Lee said: “I’m very grateful for my partnership with Arena. They are a huge name in golf and I can’t thank them enough for their support and faith in me.
“They have a longstanding interest in and support of golf and It’s a great brand to be associated with. I’m very much looking forward to sharing some great memories over the years ahead.”
English-born Curtis Knipes, 22, will play a combination of the Challenge Tour and EuroPro Tour in 2022. Already a well-travelled player, Curtis qualified for The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in 2019 as an amateur and featured on the DP World Tour at the ISPS Handa UK Championship in 2020 and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2021. Having turned professional at the start of 2020 he achieved four top-five finishes in five tournaments on the MENA Tour before Covid disrupted golf’s global calendar. Curtis finished 18th on the EuroPro Tour’s Order of Merit in 2021.
Curtis Knipes said: “I’m delighted to be announcing this partnership with Arena. I’ve been aware of the company and its work in golf ever since I’ve been out on tour and this support will make a huge difference to me and my career.
“I’m proud to represent Arena and their backing will give me a great opportunity to fulfil my ambitions over the years ahead.”
Giving players valuable financial support to help them become further established among the world’s elite players on the global pro tour reflects Arena Group’s commitment to the future development of the game’s rising stars on the World stage.