LPGA Tour Beautifully Honors the 13 Founding Members at Cognizant Founders Cup

Published 10/10/2021, 4:04 PM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Toledo, Ohio, USA; Nelly Korda of Team USA tees off on the second hole during the final practice round of the 2021 Solheim Cup at Inverness Club. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Over 70 years ago, the LPGA came into existence. Today, with players like Nelly Korda, Jin Young Ko, Inbee Park, and Lexi Thompson, the Tour has come a long way. As days pass, the popularity of the LPGA Tour has also soared receiving support from golf fans and PGA Tour stars at the same time.

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This week at the Cognizant Founders Cup, women who founded the LPGA were honored.

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It goes without saying that the Founders Cup meant to honor all those women who came together and found LPGA was the perfect event for this tribute.

A completely different generation heads the LPGA Tour today. And players from all over the world are playing well and impressing those watching. New events and series have been introduced, which is only proof of how far the organization has come. However, it all began because of a group of 15 women who came together to start something special.

LPGA founders honored at the Cognizant Founders Cup

“In 1950, a group of 13 women signed a charter forming what is now the oldest continuous women’s professional sports league, the LPGA Tour,” tweeted the organization’s account. “This week at the Cognizant Founders Cup, we’ve been able to honor the past, present and future of the LPGA Tour”. 

The video they share shows various moments from history, a voice narrating the LPGA’s story. This tribute is for those 13 women who went above and beyond to have a league of their own in 1950. “They helped put female sports on the map. Today, see what the LPGA has become since founders brought it to life 70 years ago”. 

Sep 5, 2021; Toledo, Ohio, USA; Jessica Korda (right) of Team USA talks with teammate Megan Khang (left) on the ninth green during competition rounds of the Solheim Cup golf tournament at Inverness Club. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

At the Founders Cup, the Founders were given a ‘front row seat’, as players gathered to thank them for all they have done.

All 13 founders who started the LPGA in 1950

  • Alice Bauer
  • Patty Berg (First president)
  • Bettye Danoff
  • Helen Dettweiler
  • Marlene Hagge
  • Helen Hicks
  • Opal Hill
  • Betty Jameson
  • Sally Sessions
  • Marilynn Smith
  • Shirley Spork
  • Louise Suggs
  • Babe Zaharias

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Who won the Cognizant Founders Cup?

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South Korea’s Jin Young Ko is the current champion. She won by four strokes, her 66 in Round 4 tying the record for 14 back-to-back sub-70 rounds. Caroline Masson and Elizabeth Szokol came in second and third, respectively.

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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