RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Brings the LPGA Back to Phoenix

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RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Brings the LPGA Back to Phoenix, An Area Rich in LPGA History

The LPGA has Hosted Tournaments in the Phoenix Area for 36 Years;
Seen 28 Different Winners including One LPGA Founder, 12 LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame members

PHOENIX, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 - The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will bring the LPGA back to the Phoenix area after a one-year hiatus from the golf-rich city. Karrie Webb was the last player to win in the Phoenix area after she won the 2009 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Presented by Mirassou Winery at Papago Golf Course. The LPGA's history in Phoenix dates back to 1962 when 88-time LPGA Tour winner Kathy Whitworth captured the Phoenix Thunderbird Open at Paradise Valley Country Club.

"The LPGA has a very rich history in the Phoenix area," said Kelly Hyne, Vice President, LPGA Properties. "We always enjoy coming back here and we're especially excited to be able to honor our Founders in a city that has supported the LPGA so well through the years."

Three-time LPGA winner Brittany Lincicome, who joined the LPGA in 2005, says, "I'm extremely happy the Tour is returning to Phoenix where we've always had strong supporters and great fans. It's important for us to honor our Founders while focusing on the future of the game. Phoenix is a perfect market for us to do this because we have such a rich history in the area and hopefully we'll be in the Phoenix market for many years to come."

The LPGA has hosted tournaments in the Phoenix area for 36 years and has seen 28 different winners. Laura Davies, who won the Standard Register PING four consecutive times from 1994-1997, holds the record for most wins in the area. Additional multiple-year winners are: Judy Rankin (1973, 1976); Pat Bradley (1987, 1990); Danielle Ammaccapane (1991, 1992); Webb (1999, 2009); Annika Sorenstam (2001, 2004) and Lorena Ochoa (2007, 2008).

The Phoenix area has seen one LPGA Founder hoist a trophy. Marlene Bauer Hagge, one of the 13 pioneering women to establish the LPGA, won the 1965 Phoenix Thunderbirds Open at the Biltmore Country Club, which was one of her 26 career LPGA Tour victories.

Twelve LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame members have won in the Phoenix area. The 12 players include Whitworth, Sandra Haynie, Hagge, Rankin, Beth Daniel, Betsy King, Bradley, Patty Sheehan, Webb, Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Juli Inkster.

LPGA Tournaments in the Phoenix Area

Year Tournament Name, Course, Winner
1962 Phoenix Thunderbird Open, Paradise Valley Country Club, KATHY WHITWORTH, 213 (-3)
1963 Phoenix Thunderbirds Open, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, SANDRA HAYNIE, 286 (-2)
1964 Phoenix Thunderbirds Open, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, RUTH JESSEN, 289 (+1)
1965 Phoenix Thunderbirds Open, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, MARLENE HAGGE, 290 (-4)
1975 Karsten-PING Open, Camelback Country Club, JANE BLALOCK, 209 (-4)
1976 Karsten-PING Open, McCormick Ranch Golf & Country Club, Scottsdale, JUDY RANKIN, 205 (-11)
1980 Sun City Classic, Hillcrest Golf Club, Sun City West, JAN STEPHENSON, 275 (-13)
1981 Sun City Classic, Hillcrest Golf Club, Sun City West, PATTY HAYES, 277 (-15)
1982 American Express Sun City Classic, Hillcrest Golf Club, Sun City West, BETH DANIEL, 278 (-10)
1983 Samaritan Turquoise Classic, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, ANNE-MARIE PALLI, 205 (-14)
1984 Samaritan Turquoise Classic, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, CHRIS JOHNSON, 276 (-12)
1985 Samaritan Turquoise Classic, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, BETSY KING, 280 (-8)
1986 Standard Register/Samarian Turquoise Classic, Arizona Biltmore, MARY BETH ZIMMERMAN, 278 (-10)
1987 Standard Register Turquoise Classic, Moon Valley Country Club, PAT BRADLEY, 286 (-2)
1988 Standard Register Turquoise Classic, Moon Valley Country Club, OH-KEE KU, 281 (-7)
1989 Standard Register Turquoise Classic, Moon Valley Country Club, ALLISON FINNEY, 282 (-6)
1990 Standard Register Turquoise Classic, Moon Valley Country Club, PAT BRADLEY, 280 (-12)
1991 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, DANIELLE AMMACCAPANE, 283 (-9)
1992 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, DANIELLE AMMACCAPANE, 279 (-13)
1993 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, PATTY SHEEHAN, 275 (-17)
1994 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, LAURA DAVIES, 277 (-15)
1995 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, LAURA DAVIES, 280 (-12)
1996 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, LAURA DAVIES, 284 (-8)
1997 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, LAURA DAVIES, 277 (-15)
1998 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, LISELOTTE NEUMANN, 279 (-13)
1999 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, KARRIE WEBB, 274 (-14)
2000 Standard Register PING, The Legacy Golf Resort, CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM, 276 (-12)
2001 Standard Register PING, Moon Valley Country Club, ANNIKA SORENSTAM, 261 (-27)
2002 PING Banner Health, Moon Valley Country Club, RACHEL TESKE, 281 (-7)
2003 Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait, Moon Valley Country Club, SE RI PAK, 265 (-23)
2004 Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, ANNIKA SORENSTAM, 270 (-18)
2005 Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, ANNIKA SORENSTAM, 277 (-11)
2006 Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, JULI INKSTER, 273 (-15)
2007 Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, LORENA OCHOA, 270 (-18)
2008 Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, Superstition Mountain, Golf and Country Club, LORENA OCHOA, 266 (-22)
2009 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Presented by Mirassou Winery, Papago Golf Course, KARRIE WEBB, 274 (-14)

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 forego 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.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.LPGAFounders.com or by calling1-888-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.

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founder 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.

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.

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Arizona's largest luxury resort, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa features 950 guestrooms, 10 dining experiences, the renowned Revive Spa, eight tennis courts and four acres of shimmering pools and waterways including the celebrated Lazy River with a serpentine slide, and two championship golf courses. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located where Phoenix meets Scottsdale, just 20 minutes north of Sky Harbor International Airport, with easy access to the Loop 101 freeway. For more information about JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa located at 5350 E. Marriott Drive in Phoenix, call 480-293-5000, toll free at 800-835-6206 or visit www.jwdesertridgeresort.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 serves as the official developmental tour of the LPGA, consistently producing 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.

Topics: Press Release, LPGA Founders Cup

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