Cognizant Founders Cup Winners and History

Founders Cup Winners

Founders Cup Winners and History

The Founders Cup now is sponsored by Cognizant, a multi-national consulting and technology firm.

Established in 2011, the Founders Cup is designed 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.

Of those, as of this writing, Spork and Hagge are the only founders still with us.

The tournament did not have a good start. IIn 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.

As you can imagine that did not go over well. The LPGA at the time was in dire straits and was short on both tournaments and opportunities for the players to earn income.

In 2012, the tournament expanded from three days to four and players were paid.

In 2013, JTBC replaced R.R. Donnelley as sponsor of the LPGA’s Founder’s Cup. From 2017 to 2019, the title sponsor was Bank of Hope.

The 2021 edition will be played at the Mountain Ridge Golf Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

A list of past Founders Cup winners follows:

YearChampionCountryScorePurse ($)Winner’s share
2020COVID
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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