Morgan Pressel's statement regarding the
RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
"I officially committed to playing the RR Donnelley LPGA Founder's Cup today. I look forward to honoring our founders as I play for both Girls Golf and the Morgan Pressel Foundation that week."
Paula Creamer's statement regarding RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
I am very pleased to have learned of the significant changes to the inaugural RR Donnelley Founders Cup. As I have said all along, I have no issues playing for charity in 2011 in order to honor our Founders, to help the future of the game, and to create another event to showcase the talents of the LPGA to a worldwide audience. I appreciate the RR Donnelley company’s amazing support. I have a strong belief and hope that this event will transition to a full field regular event in future years, with the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf as our annual charitable component, much like what all of our other LPGA events do with their respective charities. I think it is important to grow our domestic schedule and to associate with a large prestigious company like RR Donnelley. Hopefully this is the beginning of a partnership that will last decades.
I believe Commissioner Whan has shown his leadership abilities by listening to his players, and implementing changes as a result. It would have been easy to just say “maybe next year”. I know many players shared my concern that the purse and the charitable donation did not match. But now, with the purse being fully funded like all other events, and the entire $1,000,000 purse going to charity, I am in!! With $500,000 going to Girls Golf and another $500,000 being player directed, I have already received dozens of requests from charities to represent them in the RR Donnelley Founders Cup. All are great causes and I hope this RR Donnelley Founders Cup will bring more awareness not only to Girls Golf but also to the many very worthwhile charities that my fellow players are dedicated to helping day in and day out. My playing in the RR Donnelley Founders Cup will personally give me the opportunity to support and direct some of the $1,000,000 charity donation. Being able to hopefully positively impact people’s lives through the RR Donnelley Founders Cup is a very, very good feeling. I am looking forward to playing.