Tag Archives: LPGA Founders Cup

Mar
21
2011

Karrie Webb hugs founder Marilynn Smith after finishing the final round of the Founders Cup

With the NCAA men’s basketball tourney happening concurrently, golf didn’t receive much notice last week, which is a shame because the LPGA pros had their first domestic tournament of the year, staging a very special event, not to mention altruistic. Karrie Webb, who took home the trophy three weeks ago in Singapore, came from behind and fired a six-under 66 to win the inaugural LPGA Founders Cup, beating Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome by a shot.

In somewhat of a juxtaposition to the Most Overhyped Interclub Match in the World, the ladies played for free. Well, not entirely — the Founders Cup honored the tour’s pioneers and donated $1 million to charity, with half going to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the other half to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities. (Yes, I realize the MOIMITW gives six-times that to charity, but the guys are also paid six-digits just to play in it.)

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Feb
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Paula Creamer is happy with the tweaks to the Founders Cup

When the details of the inaugural LPGA Founders Cup were first released, several of the top players raised their concerns with the format. Reigning US Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer didn’t like that the faux purse amounted to more than the sum going to charity. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan addressed this particular issue last Friday, doubling the money donated to charity to $1 million and decreasing the prize money to the same number.

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Feb
12
2011

Morgan Pressel signs the hat of a volunteer at the 4th annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament last month

The LPGA announced Friday more improvements to the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. First, the total amount donated to charity will be boosted to $1 million, with $500,000 going to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and $500,000 going to the designated charities of the top-ten finishers. The monopoly-money purse will be decreased from the original $1.3 million to $1 million, matching the charity donation.

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Jan
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

Bubba Watson reacts to draining a birdie putt on the 18th at Torrey Pines

Happy Monday from the Phoenix Open media center (aka the Cart Barn!). Check out the SI Golf Group’s lively discussion posted at Golf.com. Topics this week: Bubba’s win, Phil’s close call, Tiger’s woes, Daly’s whining and the LPGA’s official charity tournament. Here are some excerpts to get the discussion started in the comments below — first, the thrilling finish at Torrey Pines:

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