ADDITIONAL LPGA PLAYERS CHOOSE CHARITIES;
TOURNAMENT WILL DONATE $500,000 TO CHARITIES OF TOP 10 PLAYERS CHOICE
PHOENIX, Tuesday, March 1, 2011– LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb will play for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation at the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Webb, who captured her 37th career LPGA victory last week's at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore, is currently an Ambassador for the Foundation.
Webb first met Christopher Reeve in 1999, when the duo explored ways to work together to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injury research. Webb hosted the Karrie Webb Celebrity Pro-AM Golf Tournament to benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation from 2000-2002. For Webb, the Foundation hits close to home. Her long-time coach and mentor Kelvin Haller became a quadriplegic after suffering an accident in Australia.
The top-10 finishers at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup to be played March 18-20 at Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge and Spa will share a charitable pool of $500,000. The winner will be able to designate $200,000 to the charity of her choice, while the second-place finisher will donate $100,000. The complete breakdown is as follows:
1st place: $200,000 to charity of player's choice
2nd place: $100,000 to charity of player's choice
3rd place: $55,000 to charity of player's choice
4th place: $40,000 to charity of player's choice
5th place: $30,000 to charity of player's choice
6th place: $25,000 to charity of player's choice
7th place: $20,000 to charity of player's choice
8th place: $15,000 to charity of player's choice
9th place: $10,000 to charity of player's choice
10th place: $5,000 to charity of player's choice
Like Webb, many LPGA players lend their time, talent and resources to causes close to their hearts. Prior to the first round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, each competitor will designate the charity for which she will play. No matter the charity, each LPGA Tour player has a story to attach to her cause.
Angela Stanford will play for the Angela Stanford Foundation, while Beth Bader will tee-it-up for the Susan L. Bader Foundation for Hope to honor her mother who lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.
University of Arizona graduate Leta Lindley will play for the Josiyln's Faith Foundation for Prader-Willi Syndrome after meeting a young girl suffering from the disease. The 2010 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Azahara Munoz will compete for the Sun Devils Club which supports student-athletes from her alma mater Arizona State University, while Brittany Lincicome will tee-it-up for The First Tee of St. Petersburg where she sits as an honorary member of the Board of Directors. Sarah Lee and Taylor Leon will both play for the LPGA Foundation, and Ji Young Oh will play for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.
In all, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will donate $1 million to charity, with $500,000 going to The LPGA Foundation and it LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and $500,000 going to the top-10 finishers' designated charities.
While LPGA players will forgo tournament earnings in favor of charity, results at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will impact the 2011 LPGA Official Money List. Players also will earn points towards Rolex Player of the Year, Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, Rolex Rankings and U.S. Solheim Cup team. Scores posted also will count towards the prestigious Vare Trophy.
The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Pro-Am will take place on Thursday, March 17 and the first round begins on Friday, March 18 with the tournament concluding on Sunday, March 20.
For more tournament information, please visit www.LPGAFounders.com or call 1-888-LPGATIX (574-2849). Children 17 and under will receive free tournament admission with a ticketed adult. Active military members and their immediate family can receive free tournament admission when showing a valid active military ID at the main admission gate.