The LPGA is the longest-running women’s sports organization in the world. LPGA players and employees embody the spirit of the founders and encourage others to live with the same passion, pride and perseverance. With such a title comes a great responsibility. The words “Act like a Founder” greet everyone who enters the LPGA headquarters. The aged script and simple message convey the story and pride of everyone who came before and the amazing path that lies ahead. The Cognizant Founders Cup embodies everything that the LPGA motto stands for. The job of the LPGA is to expand the game of golf and get out of the game better than they found it.
The LPGA was founded in 1950 thanks to the creativity, drive and passion of 13 strong women:
Marlene Bauer Hagge
The Founders Cup was created to pay tribute to the pioneers of women’s golf. Viewers around the world tune in over four days to see the best of LPGA thanks to coverage from Golf Channel and global cable partners.
The eight former champions include: Karrie Webb (2011, 2014) | Yani Tseng 2012 | Stacy Lewis 2013 | Hyo Joo Kim 2015 | Be Young Kim 2016 | Anna Nordqvist 2017 | Inbee Park 2018 | Jin-Young Ko 2019.
The opening event played for a million dollars, but all players donated their winnings to various charities, including LPGA * USGA Girls Golf. This is now the largest non-large wallet on the LPGA tour. The Founders Cup raises funds for the LPGA Foundation, which supports the global non-profit LPGA * USGA Girls Golf program with 90,000 active members in more than 500 locations in the US and abroad.