Application process begins for 2013 NTO exemption

November 05, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- As part of an effort to promote and increase diversity in professional golf, the application process for the Northern Trust Open Exemption is now under way. The annual exemption, created and sponsored by Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS), provides an opportunity for a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and wouldn't otherwise be eligible to compete in the 2013 Northern Trust Open, to be held February 12-17 at the historic Riviera Country Club.

Now in its fifth year, the Northern Trust Open Exemption is an extension of Northern Trust's commitment to diversity. Northern Trust has received multiple awards for corporate excellence and diversity, including being named a "Best Company for Working Mothers" by Working Mother Magazine for 21 years, a "Best Company for Diverse Graduates" by Diversity Edge Magazine, a "50 Best Companies for Latinas" by LATINA Style Magazine and one of the " 40 Best Companies for Diversity" by Black Enterprise magazine.

"Northern Trust supports diversity in our workforce because it provides value to our clients, investors and employees, and reflects the communities we serve," Northern Trust Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Waddell said. "The Northern Trust Open Exemption encourages diversity in golf, and we are proud to support the exemption."

Candidates for the 2013 Northern Trust Open Exemption will be identified through a number of sources including the PGA TOUR, PGA of America through the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, Tour, The First Tee, World Golf Foundation, USGA and the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association, with additional outreach efforts to potential recipients of Hispanic and Asian descent both in the United States and internationally. Candidates are asked to provide general biographical information, details of their golf accomplishments and an explanation of how they have represented the advancement of diversity in golf. In order to qualify for the exemption, applicants must have a USGA handicap of zero or better.

Candidates can now apply via the tournament's Web site ( Entries must be received by January 14. The winner will be announced on January 21.

Previous Northern Trust Open Exemption recipients include Vincent Johnson (2009), Joshua Wooding (2010), Joseph Bramlett (2011) and Andy Walker (2012).

The Northern Trust Open has a long history of promoting inclusion among minorities. In 1952, the tournament welcomed Joe Louis as the first African-American to compete in a PGA-sanctioned event. In 2009, the inaugural tournament exemption was named in honor of Charlie Sifford on the 40th anniversary of his victory at the 1969 Northern Trust Open.

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