Bank of Hope Founders Cup Winners and History

Founders Cup Winners

Founders Cup Winners and History

The Founders Cup was established in 2011 as a tribute to the thirteen legendary founders of the LPGA: Alice Bauer, Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, Helen Detweiler, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions, Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs and Babe Didriksen Zaharias.

The tournament started amid controversy over its unique format. In 2011, the players were not paid and the entire purse went to charity. Players did receive “virtual” earnings that qualified them on the LPGA’s official money list.

It probably wasn’t the best idea. The LPGA at the time was short on both tournaments and opportunities for the players to earn income and the notion of playing for free did not sit well with many.

In 2012, the tournament expanded from three days to four and real cash payouts were begun.

In 2013, JTBC replaced R.R. Donnelley as sponsor of the LPGA’s Founder’s Cup. In 2017, the title sponsor is Bank of Hope.

Bank of Hope, headquartered in Los Angeles, bills itself as the “only super regional Korean-American bank in the U.S.” The bank, which serves “a multi-ethnic population of customers’ has 73 full-service branches across nine states.

The tournament is played at the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arnold Palmer design is a 6,583 yard par 72.

A list of past Founders Cup winners follows:

YearChampionCountryScorePurse ($)Winner’s share
2019Ko Jin-YoungSouth Korea266 (-22)1, 500,000225,000
2018Inbee ParkSouth Korea269 (–19)1,500,000225,000
2017Anna NordqvistSweden263 (–25)1,500,000225,000
2016Kim Sei-youngSouth Korea261 (–27)1,500,000225,000
2015Kim Hyo-JooSouth Korea267 (–21)1,500,000225,000
2014Karrie WebbAustralia269 (–19)1,500,000225,000
2013Stacey LewisUnited States265 (–23)1,500,000225,000
2012Yani Tseng Taiwan270 (–18)1,500,000225,000
2011Karrie Webb Australia204 (–12)1,000,000200,000

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