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LPGA Founders Cup to return with new title sponsor

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The LPGA Founders Cup will return to Phoenix next year but with a new title sponsor.

RR Donnelley, the title sponsor for the staging of the first three Founders Cups, is stepping aside. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a news release Monday that a new title sponsor has been secured and will be revealed later this year. The tournament is scheduled for March 20-23 with a return to Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort.

The LPGA Founders Cup has quickly emerged as a special event on the tour schedule. The tournament celebrates the tour’s past, honoring its founders and pioneers, while also “paying forward” with fundraising support for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.

Kathy Whitworth, 74, and Renee Powell, 67, have been named as the pioneer honorees in the event. Whitworth, a Hall of Famer, holds the record for most LPGA titles (88). Powell was the second African-American to play the tour.

“For the LPGA, the Founders Cup is more than just a tournament,” Whan said in a statement. “It’s a chance to say ‘thank you’ to those who blazed the trail before us, and to make a real difference in the future of the game. Our dream of bringing 50,000 new girls per year to the game of golf is quickly becoming a reality.” 

The event already has an impressive list of past champs. Karrie Webb (2010), Yani Tseng (2011) and Stacy Lewis (2012) have won the Founders Cup.