LPGA greats competing for naming rights at Founders Cup


The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup at JW Marriott’s Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix will name all 18 holes in the event after players who paved the way for the tour.

Thirteen of the holes will be named after the pioneers who founded the tour. The LPGA is holding a vote on its web site to determine who the other five holes will be named after.

A mix of current and past greats are on the ballot: Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel, Sandra Haynie, Juli Inkster, Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Carol Mann, Se Ri Pak, Judy Rankin, Betsy Rawls, Patty Sheehan, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Kathy Whitworth and Mickey Wright. 

The March 18-20 event will feature a $1.3 million “mock purse” with the event’s profits going to the LPGA Foundation to help finance the LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf Program. Though the winner will be credited with $195,000 in official earnings, no real pay will actually be awarded to any player. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan hopes to double the size of the LPGA-USGA Girls' Golf Program in one year with the proceeds.