Bank of Hope Founders Cup
March 19 – 24, 2019
Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona

LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup Returns for Ninth Year
Ultimate Family Golf Experience Swings its Way to the Valley

The Bank of Hope Founders Cup, the only LPGA tournament in Arizona, will be held March 18 to 24, 2019, at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The tournament will feature a full field of LPGA players who will compete for a $1.5 million purse. The event, which is televised and broadcast in over 160 nations across the globe, will feature notable golfers including 2018 winner and Olympic gold medalist Inbee Park, top earnings player Cristie Kerr and ASU alum Anna Nordqvist.
“We’re excited to kick off the West Coast part of our tour for the ninth consecutive year here in the Valley,” said Scott Wood, tournament director. “After recently announcing our partnership extension with JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, the players are looking forward to returning to Wildfire Golf Club.”

WHO:
Bank of Hope Founders Cup

WHAT:
Ninth consecutive Bank of Hope Founders Cup held at Wildfire Golf Club at
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 19
Professional Practice Rounds–8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20
Official Pro–Am – 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 21–Sunday, March 24
Tournament Play – 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054

PRICE:
Good Any Day Grounds  •  $20 plus tax*
Family Four Pack  •  $65 plus tax*
Pioneer Pavilion  •  Thurs.–Sun.  •  $75 plus tax*
18th Villa n Thurs.–Sun.  •  $110 plus tax*
Founders Club  •  Thurs.–Sun.–$135 plus tax*
*Online pricing only


The Bank of Hope Founders Cup was created to honor the 13 women who founded the LPGA in 1950. Last year, a record performance by Olympic gold medalist Inbee Park clinched her 19th LPGA win at the 2018 Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
For more information on purchasing tickets and tournament updates visit lpgafounderscup.com./ticket-information. To request credentials for the upcoming tournament visit lpgamediacredentials.com.
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About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. Follow the LPGA on the Golf Channel, facebook.com/LPGA and twitter.com/LPGA.

Annual LPGA Tournament Extends Marriott Hotel Partnership

The Bank of Hope Founders Cup, the only LPGA tournament held in Arizona, is excited to announce that the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix will remain host to the event for the next three years, through 2021. This is the ninth consecutive year that the tournament has called the Valley resort home, where top-ranked players display their talents on the back nine of both Palmer and Faldo courses at the Wildfire Golf Club.

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and Wildfire Golf Club,” said Scott Wood, the tournament director. “Our players, fans and staff have enjoyed their hospitality over the past eight years and are excited Founders Cup will continue to call both home through 2021.”


Since the inception of the Founders Cup, the tournament has seen an 84 percent increase in total attendance, bringing them to their highest record of 63,000 attendees in 2018. Spectators travelled from more than 60 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada to the Marriott resort to see their favorite players tee off.


“We are honored to have been the proud host of this prestigious tournament and are thrilled that we will be extending our partnership with the LPGA through 2021,” said JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa General Manager and Area General Manager, Steve Hart.  “We value our relationship with the LPGA and remain dedicated to making a difference by inspiring young women through the game of golf.”

The tournament will feature a full field of LPGA players who will compete for a $1.5 million purse. The event is televised and will be broadcast in over 160 nations across the globe. This year’s tournament will be held on March 19-24, 2019.

The LPGA has held a tournament in Arizona for more than 40 years at several courses under different title sponsors.  The Founders Cup was created to honor the 13 women who founded the LPGA in 1950. Last year, a record performance by Olympic gold medalist Inbee Park earned her 19th LPGA win at the 2018 Bank of Hope Founders Cup.


For more information on purchasing tickets and tournament updates visit lpgafounderscup.com/ticket-information or follow the Founder’s Cup on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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