ANESSA Agrees a Sponsorship Deal with Professional Golfer Ayaka Watanabe

July 26th, 2016

Sunscreen brand ANESSA, which has secured the Japanese top sales share for the 15th consecutive year(*1), agreed a sponsorship deal with the professional golf player, Ms. Ayaka Watanabe in July, 2016. This deal was agreed as the brand shares the challenging spirit of the promising young player who has been enjoying her remarkable growth, and Ms. Watanabe has also been using ANESSA for her regular sunscreen. From now on, Ms. Ayaka Watanabe will be wearing the uniform featuring ANESSA logo for tournaments. With ANESSA, Shiseido encourages people around the globe in living active and beautiful lives and supports sports activities that are the common language of the world, exciting and inspiring.
*1 INTAGE survey on SRI sunscreen market. Data period: Nov. 2011 - Oct. 2015, ANESSA brand (share at monetary base)

Comment by Ms. Ayaka Watanabe

“I am much honored to be supported by Shiseido, which is the company many women speak highly of, and at the same time I feel deeply humbled. The supporting brand, ANESSA, is a very reliable partner for professional golfers as we are often outside playing for a long period. From now on, I will attend the tournaments wearing the ANESSA logo on the sleeve of my uniform. I always try to do my best and be a professional golfer who can inspire and excite people, and I hope your keep supporting me in the future!”

Profile of Ms. Ayaka Watanabe

【Date of Birth】 Sep. 19, 1993 (Age: 22)
【Height】 172cm
【Blood Type】 A
【Birth Place】 Atami-city, Shizuoka
【Alma Mater】 Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama)
【Turned Professional】  July 27, 2012 (84th membership in LPGA)
【Favorite Golf Club】 Driver
【Professional Wins】 Three titles in Japanese national tournaments
【Employment】 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd.
【Club/Ball】 Bridgestone Sports
【Other contracts】 Obunsha Co., Ltd. (Mapple) and Fujiyakuhin Co., Ltd.

Career Record

Started playing golf at the age of nine influenced by her parents.
Won the Japan Junior Golf Championship.
Passed the JLPGA Playing Ability Test. Ranked 29th in the Qualifying Tournament. Entered the full season in 2013.
Ranked 46th in prize money and seeded.
Tied for second place at Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament. First victory at Axa Ladies Golf Tournament with come-from-behind win.
Won two domestic tournaments and finished 6th on the money list. Became the top Japanese player on the money list earning more than 100 million yen for the first time in her career.