Prestigious Bank to Sponsor Mentor Monday, Junior Golf Day and What’s Fore Lunch Programs; Olympic Gold Medalist & World’s #1 Ranked Women’s Golfer, Nelly Korda, Headlines Elite Field Golf’s Best Professional Players who will Compete in Prestigious Fall Event that Honors LPGA’s 13 Founding Members
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West Caldwell, NJ, — The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has announced that Passaic-based Valley Bank, one of the most trusted and respected banks in the industry, has teamed-up with the 2021 LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup to serve as a supporting sponsor for the tournament, which takes place at historic Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J., from October 6-10. The sponsorship features a series of programs and on-site activations.
Olympic Gold Medalist and the world’s #1 ranked women’s golfer, Nelly Korda, will headline a 132-player field for the 2021 LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup (www.thefounderslpga.com), a week-long event in Northern NJ 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.
As a sponsor, Valley will host three marquee events affiliated with the tournament, including:
- Mentor Monday with Valley Bank: Monday, October 4, Mentors from Valley will host youth mentees from 10am to 1pm at Mountain Ridge Country Club to learn about the many jobs available in golf and sports.
- Junior Golf Day: Saturday, October 9 at the Cognizant Founders Cup offers a full line-up of interactive activities throughout the day that will introduce kids to the game of golf.
- What’s Fore Lunch presented by Valley Bank: Quarterly women’s business networking series, including golf clinic and luncheon, held at Mountain Ridge CC and featuring guest speakers and LPGA representatives who connect aspects of business with elements of golf.
“We’re thrilled to team-up with Valley as a sponsor of some of the most important programs associated with 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 our Mentor Monday, Junior Golf Day and What’s Fore Lunch programs allows us to continue engaging, empowering, and supporting girls and women through this great 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.
Individual tickets and week-long ticket packages for the Cognizant Founders Cup can be purchased at www.thefounderslpga.com.
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.
As the principal subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp, Valley National Bank is a regional bank with approximately $41 billion in assets. Valley is committed to giving people and businesses the power to succeed. Valley operates many convenient branch locations across New Jersey, New York, Florida and Alabama, 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.
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