PHOENIX, Arizona, March 21, 2011 - The inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup is in the record books with a Hall of Fame champion and the promise of more than $1 million going to a variety of charities including LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. In a week where the eyes of the world were focused on the tragedy in Japan, tournament title sponsor RR Donnelley also stepped up to donate $53,300 to the Japan relief efforts.
From day one, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup was focused on honoring the 13 LPGA Founders who made today's game possible, celebrating and showcasing the current players and providing for the future by contributing $500,000 to the LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program. The tournament also distributed an additional $500,000 to the designated charities of the top-10 finishers Sunday with the first-place charitable prize of $200,000 split between the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation and the Japan Relief Effort, both chosen by inaugural champion Karrie Webb.
In addition, RR Donnelley committed $100 per birdie and $500 per eagle on holes 15-18 on Friday and Saturday to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Japan relief efforts. Dubbed the "Japan Relief Zone," RR Donnelley opted to up the donations on Sunday, contributing $500 per birdie and $1,000 per eagle on holes 15-18. All told, 285 birdies and four eagles made possible a $53,300 donation from RR Donnelley to the U.S. Fund.
The top 10 finishers and ties each earned money for their designated charity.
|Karrie Webb||Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation / Japan Relief Charity TBD||$200,000|
|Brittany Lincicome||The First Tee of St. Petersburg||77,500|
|Paula Creamer||Japan Relief Charity TBD||77,500|
|Cristie Kerr||Birdies for Breast Cancer/Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Foundation||40,000|
|Angela Stanford||The Angela Stanford Foundation||30,000|
|Mindy Kim||Make A Wish Foundation of Central Florida||25,000|
|Morgan Pressel||The Morgan Pressel Foundation||17,500|
|Sun Young Yoo||Japan Relief Charity TBD||17,500|
|Seon Hwa Lee||American Heart Association||10,000|
|Sarah Jane Smith||Japan Relief Charity, TBD||1,667|
|Stacy Prammanasudh||Special Olympics of Tulsa, Oklahoma||1,667|
|Sandra Gal||Japan Relief Charity, TBD||1,667|
Webb, who captured her 38th LPGA career victory Sunday, elected to split the $200,000 first-place charitable check between two charities tugging at her heart. She first became involved with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation after her coach Kelvin Haller suffered an accident and became a quadriplegic. And after watching the recent tragic events in Japan, Webb chose to allocate half of her charitable earnings to the Japan relief efforts. "It's just unbelievable what's going on over there," Webb said. "And Japan, the fans, the people and many businesses over there have supported me throughout my entire career. So you know, I feel like it's just the least I could do."
Brittany Lincicome and Paula Creamer tied for second and each earned $77, 500 for their designated charities. Junior golf supporter Lincicome earned $77,500 for The First Tee of St. Petersburg where she sits on the Board of Directors as an honorary member. Lincicome was introduced to the game through LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and served as the program's National Ambassador in 2010. Creamer, who had originally designated the Paula Creamer Foundation, switched to support Japan relief efforts as did Sun Young Yoo, Sarah Jane Smith and Sandra Gal.
About the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup represents the collective responsibility shared by LPGA players and sponsors - the responsibility to honor the history of the LPGA and a commitment to the future of the women's game. LPGA players will forgo tournament earnings to support the LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program which impacted more than 6,600 young girls in 2010. With special appearances by LPGA Founders and LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame members, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will honor the past, showcase the present and provide for the future of the LPGA and women's golf.
About RR Donnelley
RR Donnelley, Official Print Provider of the LPGA, is a global supplier of integrated communications. Founded in 1864, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector. For more information, and for RR Donnelley's Corporate Social Responsibility Report, visit the company's web site at http://www.rrdonnelley.com.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
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 1,700 members representing 29 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 (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The LPGA Futures Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo