Golf’s Best Professional Players Will Visit Northern NJ For 2nd Straight Year to Compete in Prestigious Spring Event that Honors LPGA’s 13 Founding Members
Clifton, NJ, — The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has announced that NJ-based Valley Bank, one of the most trusted and respected banks in the industry, has teamed-up with the Cognizant Founders Cup (www.thefounderslpga.com) for a three-year partnership to serve as the tournament’s Brand Ambassador Sponsor. The 2022 event marks the return of golf’s best professional players to Northern NJ where they will compete at historic Upper Montclair Country Club, in Clifton, NJ, from May 11-15.
As part of the Valley Bank Brand Ambassador Program, golf fans, local residents and supporters of women’s golf are welcome to visit the Brand Ambassador Center and register to serve as Brand Ambassadors throughout tournament week. These individuals will assist with all aspects of tournament operations, in both on-course and behind-the-scenes capacities for the week-long event.
Golf fans who purchase an LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup Brand Ambassador Package will receive an up-close-and-personal experience in conjunction with a world-class professional golf tournament operation. As an integral part of the LPGA team, Brand Ambassadors serve as the conduit between the players, spectators, event operations and media covering the tournament, delivering relevant information while providing important tournament services.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Valley Bank and secure them for three years to serve as sponsor of the Brand Ambassador Program, which is a centerpiece of the operations at the Cognizant Founders Cup,” said Tracy Hupko, Sales & Marketing Manager, Cognizant Founders Cup. “They are a strong supporter of the game, and women in business, and their commitment to this event greatly helps our mission to continue engaging, empowering, and supporting girls and women through this great sport.”
In addition to serving as the Brand Ambassador Sponsor, Valley Bank will also sponsor the Mentor Monday program, a marquee event during tournament week that invites area students to meet with business leaders at Upper Montclair CC to discuss opportunities for careers in golf and sports.
NJ-based Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), one of the world’s leading professional services companies, is the Title Sponsor for the 2022 Cognizant Founders Cup, which pays tribute to the 13 founding members of the LPGA, including surviving founders Marlene Bauer Hagge and Shirley Spork. The Cognizant Founders Cup offers a $3 million purse, which is the largest of any LPGA Tour event outside of the majors and the CME Group Tour Championship. The 144-player field is expected to be filled with the Tour’s most talented and accomplished players along with 2 special exemptions to be named at a later date.
Tickets for the tournament are now available at www.thefounderslpga.com, including general admission tickets, providing access to the tournament grounds any day Wednesday through Sunday are $40, and weekly 5-day pass available for $125. Veterans, first responders, active military and Juniors 17 and under receive free general admission. Hospitality packages begin at $150 per day, which includes access to the Drive On Pavilion on the 9thGreen, a parking pass, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, water, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. Additional hospitality packages are available for individuals and corporations seeking a more intimate experience.
Upper Montclair Country Club is one of only a few country clubs worldwide known to have hosted tournaments for all three professional golf tours, including the LPGA in 1979 & 1980, 1983 & 1984, and 2007-2009. Long considered one of NJ’s premier golf clubs, this legendary A.W. Tillinghast golf course design underwent a major renovation in the 1950s, directed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., transforming Upper Montclair Country Club into its present 27-hole Championship layout. The acclaimed venue, which has hosted hundreds of the world’s best players over many decades, will challenge an elite field of LPGA TOUR golfers.
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 Members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Epson Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. 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: CTSH) engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing 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. Together, we’re improving everyday life. See how at www.cognizant.com or @cognizant.
As the principal subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp, Valley National Bank is a regional bank with approximately $50 billion in assets. Valley is committed to giving people and businesses the power to succeed. Valley operates many convenient branch locations and commercial banking offices across New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama, California, and Illinois, and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable team dedicated to meeting customer needs. Helping communities grow and prosper is the heart of Valley’s corporate citizenship philosophy. To learn more about Valley, go to www.valley.com or call our Customer Care Center at 800-522-4100.