Defending Champion & World’s #1 Ranked Women’s Golfer, Jin Young Ko, Headlines Elite Field in 2022 LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup at NJ’s Upper Montclair Country Club from May 11-15
Golf’s Best Professional Players Will Visit Northern N.J. to Compete in Prestigious Spring Event that Honors 13 Founding Members of the LPGA; Anna Davis, 16-year-old winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Receives Sponsor Exemption
Clifton, NJ, May 5, 2022 -- The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) today announced that Defending Champion & World’s #1 Ranked Women’s Golfer, Jin Young Ko, will headline the field in the 2022 LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup (www.thefounderslpga.com) at historic Upper Montclair Country Club, in Clifton, NJ, from May 11-15.
NJ-based Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), one of the world's leading professional services companies, will continue to serve as Title Sponsor for the 2022 Cognizant Founders Cup, an event that pays tribute to the 13 founding members of the LPGA. The Cognizant Founders Cup offers a $3 million purse, which is the largest of any LPGA Tour event outside of the majors and the CME Group Tour Championship. The 144-player field is expected to be filled with the Tour’s most talented and accomplished players of today along with 2 special exemptions, including Anna Davis, the 16-year-old winner of the Augusta Women’s National Amateur, as well as a player to be named in conjunction with The John Shippen Shootout, presented by Cognizant, on May 9.
“The LPGA is thrilled to be at Upper Montclair Country Club and make this historic venue the home of the Cognizant Founders Cup,” said Scott Wood, Sr. Director, Cognizant Founders Cup. “After an amazing first year in Northern NJ, where women’s golf was passionately embraced by fans and sponsors alike, we are excited to begin a new tradition and create memorable moments at UMCC.”
“We’re committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, both in and out of the workplace,” said Gaurav Chand, Chief Marketing Officer, Cognizant. “We invested in the Cognizant Founders Cup as part of that commitment, with the goal of helping to build a better future for the next generation of female golfers. We’re pleased to continue that effort and look forward supporting the talented athletes of the LPGA in 2022 and beyond through our sponsorship.”
The Cognizant Founders Cup joins a long list of prestigious events to be held at Upper Montclair Country Club, which is one of only a few country clubs worldwide known to have hosted tournaments for all three professional golf tours, including the LPGA in 1979 & 1980, 1983 & 1984, and 2007-2009. Long considered one of NJ’s premier golf clubs, this legendary A.W. Tillinghast golf course design underwent a major renovation in the 1950s, directed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., transforming Upper Montclair Country Club into its present 27-hole Championship layout. The acclaimed venue, which has hosted hundreds of the world’s best players over many decades, will challenge an elite field of LPGA TOUR golfers.
“The membership of Upper Montclair Country Club is truly excited to welcome the LPGA back, serving as host of the Cognizant Founders Cup,” said Charlie Dimpfl, CCM, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, Upper Montclair Country Club. “There is no greater supporter of women’s golf and the professional game than UMCC, and we expect today’s world-class women professionals will find our golf course as challenging, yet as fair as their predecessors.”
Tickets for the tournament are available at www.thefounderslpga.com, including general admission tickets, providing access to the tournament grounds any day Wednesday through Sunday are $40, and weekly 5-day pass available for $125. Veterans, first responders, active military and Juniors 17 and under receive free general admission. Hospitality packages begin at $150 per day, which includes access to the Drive On Pavilion on the 9th Green, a parking pass, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, water, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. Additional hospitality packages are available for individuals and corporations seeking a more intimate experience.