May 17, 2023 (Chicago, IL and New York, NY). Energy Capital Ventures (ECV), the only early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to the sustainability, resilience and digital transformation of the natural gas industry, announced today the sponsorship of professional golfer Wyatt Worthington II. Mr. Worthington’s achievements include winning on the APGA Tour at TPC Las Vegas and recently qualifying with a top 20 finish at the PGA Professional Championship. With these achievements Mr. Worthington has been entered into the PGA Championship later this week at the Oak Hill Country Club.
This is Mr. Worthington’s third PGA Championship having played last year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in 2016 at Baltusrol (NJ). Of note, Mr. Worthington was the first African American golfer in 25 years to qualify for this major tournament. Additionally, last year he won the John Shippen Invitational automatically exempting him into the Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA tour. Further, Mr. Worthington has won several exemptions for the Korn Ferry tour later this year.
"Words can't express the gratitude I have for the Energy Capital Ventures team. Without their assistance this wouldn't be possible. Thank you for your support and partnership, it means the world to me!” Worthington said. “My golf journey has taken me a long way from my hometown in Columbus, Ohio and without question ECV has contributed meaningfully to the successes I have had so far and hope to have in the future"
"Our partnership with Wyatt aligns perfectly with ECV’s objective and dedication to finding, sourcing and then nurturing emerging companies and technologies that will positively impact on the natural gas industry’s most pressing strategic challenges,” said Ray O’Connor one of ECV’s four founding general partners. “Wyatt has been a longtime friend of ours and has had to overcome many obstacles to get him to where he is today including access to training facilities and financial resources. In many ways his dedication and perseverance in the pursuit of excellence in the face of unforeseen and difficult challenges mirrors what we see and look for in the entrepreneurs and founders who we invest in and, in that light, we couldn’t be happier to support Wyatt to get him to the next level" added Mr. O’Connor.
About Energy Capital Ventures (ECV). Energy Capital Ventures is the only early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to the sustainability, resilience and digital transformation of the natural gas industry. In addition to this unique thesis which makes the firm advocates for innovation in Green Molecules™, ECV further differentiates itself with a customized engagement and deep integration with its strategic limited partners, all of whom are publicly traded utilities. This model enables ECV to provide a platform of innovation, bringing together the technology of the entrepreneurial ecosystem with the scale of the utility industry so that the natural gas industry can continue to deliver clean, safe, reliable, cost-effective energy for all communities.