Press Release

Ellie Mae Classic Names Brandon Wu and Ian Gilligan as 2019 Tournament Exemptions


Brandon Wu named 2019 sponsor exemption, Ian Gilligan named junior exemption

HAYWARD, Calif. – July 10, 2019 – The Korn Ferry Tour and Ellie Mae Classic, sponsored by Ellie Mae® – the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry – today announced golfers Brandon Wu and Ian Gilligan have joined the 2019 Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament as the sponsor exemption and junior exemption, respectively. The tournament will take place July 29 – August 4 at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California.

Bay Area native and sponsor exemption, Brandon Wu, is currently ranked No. 6 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and finished T-35, as the second best scoring amateur in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Brandon graduated from Stanford University in June 2019 and, after missing his graduation ceremony for the final round of the U.S. Open, was awarded his diploma behind the 18th green.

Sixteen-year-old golf prodigy Ian Gilligan earned the Ellie Mae Classic unrestricted exemption after firing a 68 to win the 2019 Ellie Mae Classic Junior Qualifier, hosted in partnership with the NCGA Junior Tour at Poppy Ridge. Ian was second at the 2019 Nevada State High School Championships at Somersett in Reno, Nevada and he won the Northern Nevada Regional High School Championship for the past two years. After being diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2018, Ian took a brief hiatus from golf to fight the disease and has since recovered and is continuing to compete in junior tournaments.

“We are proud to welcome these two spectacular players to the field at the 2019 Ellie Mae Classic,” said Trish Gregovich, Ellie Mae Classic Tournament Director. “This year’s tournament will bring together some of the world’s most talented golfers as they vie for coveted PGA TOUR cards and compete on our spectacular course. From Stephan Jaeger’s record-setting 58 to Steph Curry bringing record fans, this tour stop never disappoints.”

Free tickets to watch Brandon and Ian play during the regular Ellie Mae Classic Tournament (Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4) can be found at

To catch all of the Ellie Mae Classic events this year, follow the 2019 tournament schedule:

Monday, July 29
Celebrity Shootout presented by Lucky (All ticket sales for this event support Bay Area charities)

Thursday, August 1
First Round & Executive Women’s Day

Friday, August 2
Second Round (General Admissions sponsored by Hayward)

Saturday, August 3
Third Round

Sunday, August 4
Final Round (General Admissions sponsored by Astellas)
Military Appreciation Day presented by Care By Design
Trophy Presentation

For more information on the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, including the schedule of events, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit


The Ellie Mae Classic is a PGA TOUR sanctioned golf tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour played at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California. Visit to learn more.


Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (


Ellie Mae is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. Visit or call 877.355.4362 to learn more.


Erica Harvill
Ellie Mae, Inc.
(925) 227-5913

Caitlin Coffee
(312) 635-8204

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