Golf’s Best Professionals Visit Northern N.J. to Compete in Prestigious Fall Event Honoring 13 Founding Members of the LPGA;
Tickets Still Available as Fans & Families Can Enjoy Exciting Festivities – LPGA Lesson Zone, Par Tee In Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, Jr. Golf Day, Hall of Fame Skills Challenge with Icon Nancy Lopez, and more
West Caldwell, NJ, October 4, 2021 — Olympic Gold Medalist and the world’s #1 ranked women’s golfer, Nelly Korda, along with 27 of the Top 30 ranked players in the world, headline the 132-player field for the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup (www.thefounderslpga.com) taking place at historic Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J., from October 6th-10th.
The LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup is a week-long event where competitors will compete for a $3 million purse, the largest purse for an LPGA Tour event outside the majors and the CME Group Tour Championship. The tournament, which debuted in 2011, pays tribute to the 13 founding members of the LPGA, including surviving founders Marlene Bauer Hagge and Shirley Spork. This year marks the inaugural year with N.J.-based Cognizant (Nasdaq:CTSH), one of the world’s leading professional services companies, as title sponsor.
With tickets still available, golf fans and families attending the Cognizant Founders Cup will be treated to a week-long series of exciting festivities from October 6th-10th, including:
- Pro-Am Day on Wednesday, Oct. 6th: FREE Admission Courtesy of The New Jersey Golf Foundation – get up close and see LPGA stars and celebrities.
- Meet an Original LPGA Founder: Shirley Spork will be on-site during tournament week.
- LPGA Lesson Zone: Thursday-Sunday, from 9am – 1pm.
- Par Tee in Pink – Support Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday, Oct. 9th … wear pink!
- Junior Golf Day: Saturday, Oct. 9th offers a full line-up of interactive golf activities throughout the day presented by Valley Bank.
- Waffle Welcome for kids on Saturday, Oct. 9th from 9am – 11am – Player Appearance at 1:30pm
- Hall of Fame Skills Challenge with Nancy Lopez, presented by PURE Insurance, on Saturday, Oct. 9th from 3pm – 4:30pm.
- Healthcare Heroes from RWJBarnabas Health will be recognized during tournament week.
“To complement a world class field that includes 27 of the top 30 in the world, we have an exciting line-up of activities for everyone in the family during tournament week,” said Tracy Hupko, Sales & Marketing Manager, Cognizant Founders Cup. “You can feel the energy and excitement building around this event, and we know fans will embrace tournament week and all the festivities in a big way.”
“We are thrilled to bring the 2021 Cognizant Founders Cup to Mountain Ridge Country Club. They have a deep history of hosting some great championships,” said Scott Wood, Tournament Director. “This gives us the opportunity to bring LPGA champions to the world-class stage. Most important, this event is dedicated to engaging, empowering, and supporting girls and women through golf, and to make sports more inclusive around the world. It is a great showcase for the LPGA and the vision of women and sport.”
The Cognizant Founders Cup joins a long list of prominent events to be held at Mountain Ridge Country Club, including: the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in 2012; the Metropolitan Golf Association Open Championship in 1985, 1996, 2000 and 2020; the MGA’s Ike Stroke-Play Championship in 2007; the New Jersey PGA Section Championship in 1962, 1990, 2007, 2009 and 2017; and the French American Challenge in 1997. The Ross-designed and highly regarded course opened in 1931 and has varied little in 90 years. It is known for wide fairways and deceptive greens. A recent restoration has brought many of Ross’s characteristic run-off areas back to their original closely mowed state.
The 72-hole event will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel October 7th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm; October 8th from12:00pm – 3:00pm; October 9th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm; and October 10th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
Tournament parking for the Cognizant Founders Cup, from October 6th – October 10th, is located at 4 Becker Farm Rd, Roseland, NJ. Daily parking is $15 and can be purchased in advance or on-site. For more information, or to purchase individual tickets and week-long ticket packages, please visit www.thefounderslpga.com. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest on the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women, with a goal to change the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive. Created in 1950 by 13 Founders, the Association celebrates a diverse and storied history. The LPGA Tour competes across the globe, reaching television audiences in more than 220 countries. The Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s official qualifying tour, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA also holds a joint-venture collaboration with the Ladies European Tour (LET), increasing playing opportunities for female golfers in Europe. Across the three Tours, the LPGA represents players in more than 60 countries.
Additionally, the LPGA Foundation has empowered and supported girls and women since 1991, most notably through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the only national program of its kind, which annually engages with nearly 100,000 girls. The LPGA Amateur Golf Association and LPGA Women’s Network provide virtual and in-person connections to female golfers around the world, while LPGA Professionals are educators, business leaders, and game-changers dedicated to growing the game of golf for everyone. Follow the LPGA on its U.S. television home, Golf Channel, online at www.LPGA.com and on its mobile apps. Join the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, transforming clients’ business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 185 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Cognizant works to advance diversity and inclusion in its business and beyond, including its partnership with the LPGA Tour, which aims to make sports more inclusive at all levels across the globe. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at www.cognizant.com or follow us @Cognizant.
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