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Hunting PLC Extends Sponsorship with Paul Lawrie and Signs Rookie David Law

 Aberdeen, January 25th 2012 – Hunting Energy Services International, the global energy service provider to leading national and international oil and gas companies, have extended their sponsorship with former Open Champion Paul Lawrie, following a successful first year to the partnership.   They have also signed a new sponsorship agreement with rookie golfer David Law, who turned pro in October last year following an excellent career as an amateur.

Both Lawrie and Law are from Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland, also home to the UK operational headquarters of Hunting.  Lawrie has won arguably the most prestigious trophy in golf, the claret jug, following his triumph at the Open Championships in 1999.  He has since won five further events on the European Tour with victories in Spain, Qatar, Wales and Scotland – his most recent win came last year at the Open de Andalucía.

David Law turned to the professional ranks of the game in October of last year following a stellar amateur career.  The 20 year old has been a key member of the Scottish elite squads over the last 5 years and quickly established himself as one of Scotland’s finest young amateurs. In 2009 came one of David’s finest achievements which saw him capture the boy’s and men’s Scottish amateur championships in the same year, a feat which went down in history and remains unbeaten. He rounded off this outstanding year by winning the Scottish boy’s order of merit.
 
2011 also saw Law produce a string of impressive results where he started the year with a 2nd place finish in the South African Open followed by a win at the Northern amateur also held in the Southern hemisphere. He was victorious once again in the Scottish Men’s amateur championship, and a few weeks later won a professional event, the Aberdeen Asset Management Northern Open on the Tartan tour.

Hunting’s interest in Paul Lawrie initially followed the acquisition of Welltonic Ltd, a long term supporter of the sportsman through his blossoming Foundation, of which David Law has also been a member of.   Given the relationship between Hunting, Paul and consequently David, Hunting saw a natural fit to both extend their sponsorship with Paul, and also support David as he starts out on his professional career.  Bruce Ferguson (Managing Director, Hunting Energy Services International) commented:  “Paul is an excellent ambassador for golf and we are delighted to continue this partnership, supporting both the glory and grassroots elements of the sport, through his work in the wider community with the Paul Lawrie Foundation.  The Foundation encourages participation and fair competition in a range of sports and Hunting is pleased to support Paul’s enthusiasm in giving something back to the local community.  David is an excellent prospect and deserves the support from both business and the community towards the achievement of his goals”.

Lawrie was delighted to extend the partnership with Hunting. He stated: “I’m very grateful to Hunting for their continued support of me, both personally and through my Foundation, and now with one of the players to have come through the Foundation.  I’m glad I was able to produce a win for them in their first year sponsoring me.”

Law was equally as pleased to have the support of Hunting at such an early stage of his professional career.  He added: “To have a sponsor such as Hunting behind me as I’m just starting out is a great boost.  It’s great to have the support of a local company from Aberdeen and I hope that I can provide them with some good exposure when I compete internationally in 2012.”

The agreement will see both Law and Lawrie wearing the Hunting corporate logo on their collars in the coming year.

About Hunting Energy Services International

Hunting PLC is an international energy services provider to the world’s leading oil and gas companies in the upstream sector.  Established in 1874, it is a fully listed public company on the London Stock Exchange. 

From its global footprint, Hunting provides high specification casing and tubing with licensed and proprietary premium connections, in addition to a range of proprietary drilling tools including non-magnetic drill collars, directional drill rods, mud motors and Well Intervention pressure control equipment on a sale or rental basis.  Sales and service operations are located in the major oil centres of the world, comprising twenty company owned facilities and a network of more than sixty licensed partners.

About 4SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT AG

4SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT AG is one of Europe’s leading athlete management and sports sponsorship agencies.  4SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT AG is based in Baar, Switzerland and also has offices in Montreal, Toronto, London and Angelholm.  It offers a full management service to over 150 professional athletes from the world of ice hockey, golf and skiing. 

Paul Lawrie signed a long term exclusive representation agreement with 4SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT AG in January 2009.

 For more information on Paul Lawrie, David Law or 4SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT AG:

 4SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT UK Ltd

Jamie Evans – Commercial Director Golf Division

Tel: +44 (0)20 7243 9730

Email: jamie@4sports.ch            

Website: www.4sportsgolf.com / www.4sports.ch

 For more information on Hunting:

Hunting Energy Services International

Ian Park – International Marketing Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1224 787 000

Email: ian.park@hunting-intl.com          

Website: www.hunting-intl.com

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