Golf season is in full swing in the Valley of the Sun and the action heats up in March as the LPGA Founders Cup tees it up once again at Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, March 17 – 22, 2015. This family-friendly event is in its fifth year in Phoenix and offers the chance to watch world-class golf in a fabulous setting while enjoying the opportunity to interact with the best women golfers in the world.
Strong Foundation, Bright Future is the mantra of the LPGA Founders Cup, and that is evident in the champions it has crowned in its four-year history. That star-studded list starts with LPGA Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, who came back from a six-shot deficit in the final round to win last year’s Founders Cup, while also winning the inaugural tournament in 2011. Yani Tseng, the World No. 1 golfer at the time won the 2012 event, while American-born Stacy Lewis won in 2013 to become the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
While the list of champions is impressive, what really sets the LPGA Founders Cup apart is its family-friendly and kid-friendly atmosphere, and its devotion to the history of the past while helping to grow the future of the game of golf among children.
The LPGA Founders Cup was established to honor the 13 original Founders of the LPGA Tour, but it also helps to provide a future for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program, which has received more than $2 million from tournament proceeds in the last four years.
“The Founders Cup is a celebration that has been the highlight of our year at the LPGA Foundation,” said Kiernan Schindler, Director of the LPGA Foundation. “The current, past and future of the LPGA interact in ways that impact and directly affect not only the Girls Golf program on a national level but leave an indelible impression on the Girls Golf of Phoenix members who are involved in every aspect of the event. We look forward to returning to the area where Girls Golf began back in 1989 and celebrating just how far we have come!”
The greats of the game today understand the history of the LPGA Tour and how important it is to pay it forward, so it is not uncommon to see them interacting with the crowd and graciously signing autographs with fans young and old throughout the entire tournament. Whether it’s Stacy Lewis hosting a youth golf clinic on the driving range, or players like Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson taking selfies with young girls in the crowd, the LPGA Founders Cup offers a unique opportunity for fans to get close to the action and interact with their favorite LPGA Tour players.
“The players are awesome when it comes to promoting the LPGA Tour and the Founders Cup, and we are thankful they are so supportive of our tournament and our fans,” said Tournament Director Drew Blass.
The playing field will start to solidify in mid-February, but tournament officials expect another star-studded turnout in 2015 that should include top American golfers like Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie, along with international standouts including ASU alumnae Anna Nordqvist and Azahara Muñoz and defending champ Webb.
Whether you are a diehard golfer, a casual sports fan, or a parent looking for a fun way to entertain the entire family, there really is something for everyone at the LPGA Founders Cup. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.LPGAFoundersCup.com or by phone at 1-(888)-LPGATIX.