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Bank of Hope Founders Cup
Bank of Hope Founders Cup logo.png
Tournament information
Location Phoenix, Arizona
Established 2011
Course(s)Wildfire Golf Club
(Palmer / Faldo)
Par72
Length6,568 yd (6,006 m) [1]
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
(54 holes in 2011)
Prize fund $1.5 million
Month playedMarch
Tournament record score
Aggregate261 Kim Sei-young (2016)
To par−27 as above
Current champion
South Korea Inbee Park
Phoenix is located in the US
Phoenix
Phoenix
Location in the United States
Wildfire Golf Club is located in Arizona
Wildfire Golf Club
Wildfire
Golf Club
Location in Arizona

The Bank of Hope Founders Cup is a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour in Phoenix, Arizona. It debuted in 2011 at the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The tournament is designed as a tribute to the founders of the LPGA.

The current title sponsor of the tournament is JTBC, a South Korean nationwide general cable TV network and broadcasting company. [2]

In 2011, using a unique format conducted for the first time in LPGA history, the players did not receive a cash payout. Instead, the tournament donated half of the $1 million tournament purse to charity and the other half to individual charities chosen by the top-10 finishers. All players who made the cut received a portion of the purse in the form of virtual earnings that were attributed to them for purposes of the LPGA official money list. [3]

In 2012, the tournament expanded from three days to four days, and an actual cash purse was instituted.

The previous LPGA Tour event in the Phoenix area was the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International, which ran for thirty years ( 19802009) under various names.

Tournament names

2012–13 course layout

Course Palmer (back nine) Faldo (back nine)
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total [1]
Yards 385 550 385 175 510 185 355 400 405 3,350 390 547 438 310 168 485 307 153 420 3,218 6,568
Par 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 36 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 72

Winners

Year Dates Champion Country Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Purse ( $)1 Winner's
share ($)
Results
2018 Mar 15–18 Inbee Park   South Korea 68-71-63-67=269 −19 5 strokes 1,500,000 225,000
2017 Mar 16–19 Anna Nordqvist   Sweden 67-67-61-68=263 −25 2 strokes 1,500,000 225,000
2016 Mar 17–20 Kim Sei-young   South Korea 63-66-70-62=261 −27 5 strokes 1,500,000 225,000
2015 Mar 19–22 Kim Hyo-joo   South Korea 65-69-66-67=267 −21 3 strokes 1,500,000 225,000 [1]
2014 Mar 20–23 Karrie Webb (2)   Australia 66-71-69-63=269 −19 1 stroke 1,500,000 225,000 [2]
2013 Mar 14–17 Stacy Lewis   United States 68-65-68-64=265 −23 3 strokes 1,500,000 225,000 [3]
2012 Mar 15–18 Yani Tseng   Taiwan 65-70-67-68=270 −18 1 stroke 1,500,000 225,000 [4]
2011 Mar 18–20 Karrie Webb   Australia 71-67-66=204 −12 1 stroke 1,000,000 200,000 [5]

1 In 2011, $500,000 of the purse went LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and $500,000 went to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities.
All winnings were attributed to the players for purposes of the 2011 LPGA Official money list.

Tournament records

Year Player Score Round
2017 Anna Nordqvist 61 (−11) 3rd

References

  1. ^ a b "RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup – Course info". LPGA. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "JTBC Named Title Sponsor of LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix". LPGA. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "Player Charity Donations Increased for RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup". LPGA. February 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Google Maps image". Google maps.com. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "36-hole course map" (PDF). Wildfire Golf Club. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Scorecards" (PDF). Wildfire Golf Club. Retrieved March 12, 2013.

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BANK OF HOPE FOUNDERS CUP Latitude and Longitude:

33°41′06″N 111°57′50″W / 33.685°N 111.964°W / 33.685; -111.964