Girls Golf benefits big from LPGA's Founders Cup

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PHOENIX – The JTBC Founders Cup doesn’t just honor the LPGA’s past. It fuels its future.

The dual purpose of this week’s event will be on display Sunday when a $1 million check is presented to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, the beneficiary of the Founders Cup, which was also created to honor the tour’s founders and pioneers.

“We empower girls not only to follow their dreams, but to dream big,” said Nancy Henderson, president of the LPGA Foundation.

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf membership has grown from 4,500 members to 50,000 members since the Founders Cup adopted it as its beneficiary five years ago. More than 300,000 girls have gone through Girls Golf in that time.

“It’s incredible to see how far Girls Golf has come in a short time,” said five-time LPGA winner Brittany Lincicome, who was a Girls Golf member. “Hopefully, we can keep growing that. It was super beneficial to me. I don’t know if I’d be here without it.”

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf initiated its new “Dream Big” campaign this week. Banners with Girls Golf ambassadors Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Lizette Salas, Tiffany Joh and Lincicome are on display at Mission Hills Wildfire Golf Club featuring photos of the way those LPGA pros look today alongside photos from their youth. They met with Girls Golf members in a news conference this week.