Nancy Lopez - LPGA Pioneer
The LPGA’s story started in 1950, when 13 brave and bold women launched the LPGA with a dream of providing a platform for women to play professional golf. Since then, so many people have been instrumental in keeping the LPGA soaring to new heights. One such individual is the great Nancy Lopez. A women’s golf icon, Nancy is a 48-time winner and four-time Rolex Player of the Year. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1987 and captained the victorious 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. In 2007, the LPGA honored Nancy with the creation of the Nancy Lopez Achievement Award that is given to an LPGA Professional member who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership; Passion; Giving; and Approachability. Today, as a Pioneer of the LPGA, Nancy embodies the dream of the Founders and is an inspiration for women of all ages around the world. Nancy will be front and center when the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup takes place at Mountain Ridge CC in West Caldwell, NJ, from October 6-10. The Founders Cup has become one of the most well attended and celebrated events on the LPGA Tour calendar, paying homage to its rich history and the 13 women who created the LPGA Tour over 70 years ago, including surviving founders, Marlene Bauer Hagge and Shirley Spork. Since that time, so may great women come to define the greatness of LPGA, including the legendary Nancy Lopez.