Brittany Lincicome learned two days before Christmas she was expecting her first child with her husband Dewald Gouws on Sept. 1. As she plans out how her pregnancy will impact her season, Lincicome announced that two of her long-standing sponsors, CME Group and Diamond Resorts, committed to honor their contracts throughout her pregnancy.
“I never thought in a million years that they would do that,” said the mom-to-be, who announced on March 11 that she is expecting a daughter. “I feel so honored and blessed to be represented by two great companies that are going to do this. It's just fantastic.”
Both sponsors hope this announcement sets a precedent for future LPGA expectant mothers.
“We congratulate Brittany on her growing family, and we are happy to honor her full contract for the season,” said Terry Duffy, CME Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to support the talented, diverse athletes of the LPGA, and proud to do our part to support working parents.”
Mike Flaskey, CEO of Diamond Resorts said, “Brittany is part of our Diamond Resorts family. We are committed to extending to Brittany time to connect with and care for her family and feel strongly as an organization that women should not have to choose between a family and a career.”
Lincicome said the past few months have been crazy with the baby and sponsor news. The 33-year-old, who did not travel overseas, is focused on doing all the right things to make sure she has a healthy baby by the end of her pregnancy. This week’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup will be her second event of the season; she finished T22 at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January.