Thursday, February 23, 2017

LPGA Founders Cup Tournament Returns to the Valley

2017 LPGA Founders Cup Newly Renamed

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Bank of Hope Founders Cup, the only LPGA tournament in Arizona, will be held March 14-19, 2017 at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The tour features a full field of LPGA players who will compete for a $1.5 million purse and broadcast in 151 nations across the globe. This is also the first year Korean-American bank Bank of Hope is the title sponsor. Notable golfers attending may include 2016 winner Sei Young Kim, Cheyenne Woods and Stacy Lewis.

The LPGA Founders Cup was created in 2011in Scottsdale to honor the 13 women who started the LPGA in 1950.

“The Founders Cup was developed to remember and reinforce the philosophy of making the game better for the next generation of female golfers," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup

March 14, Professional Practice Rounds 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
March 15, Official Pro-Am 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 16–19, Tournament Play 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054

This year, Sei Young Kim earned her 4th title on the LPGA Tour and finished 27-under par winning the 2016 Founders Cup Championship title. Kim finished at 27-under par, matching the LPGA’s lowest 72-hole scoring record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2001. Cydney Clanton hit the only hole-in-one at the tournament earning herself a 2016 Kia K900.

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