The inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup took place place in Phoenix, Arizona in March 2011. The tournament was created by the LPGA to honor the 13 women who founded the LPGA, recognize those currently supporting the sport, and celebrate the future stars of the LPGA. That tournament was not without controversy, as there was no purse, meaning that the players did not play for prize money, only to raise money for charities and create more positive exposure for the sport.
The event was a success, proving that the Phoenix area can successfully support a professional women's golf tournament (we had one for many years -- the Safeway International). In 2012 the LPGA announced it was returning to Phoenix, with some major enhancements. The Founders Cup now pays tribute to the people who had a major role in creating the LPGA. The current players will compete for a purse of $1.5 million, and $500,000 will be set aside for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program.
Karrie Webb won the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup tournament in 2011, and Yani Tseng took the title in 2012.
When is the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup?March 13 - 17, 2013. It is a four-day, 72-hole format. Tuesday is for practice rounds. Wednesday is the Pro-Am, and the actual competition begins on Thursday. Gates open at 7 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Where will it take place?Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, 5350 East Marriott Drive. That is in North Phoenix, very close to North Scottsdale. Here is a map so you can see where Wildfire Golf Club is located. During the tournament, however, you will NOT be parking there. Free parking will be provided at Horse Lovers Park, 19224 N. Tatum Blvd., with free shuttle service.
How much are tickets and how do I get them?Tickets are $25 for each day's grounds pass. You can purchase tickets in advance, no extra charge, online or at the gate. Tickets are good any day, so you don't have to decide in advance which day you'll attend.
Are there any discounts?Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Active military members and their immediate family are admitted free when showing a valid, active military ID at the main gate.
Who or what is RR Donnelley?RR Donnelley is the title sponsor of this event. It provides premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing services to clients worldwide. RR Donnelley is headquartered in Chicago, and company stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "RRD". You can learn more about RR Donnelley online.
Who are the 13 women that founded the LPGA that this tournament was created to honor?Alice Bauer, Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettweiler, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions, Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias
What else should I know?There are two 18-hole championship courses at Wildfire Golf Club. During the tournament the ladies will play a combination of the two courses, 9 holes of each.
What if I have more questions about the golf tournament?Visit the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup online.
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