PHOENIX, Ariz. – With the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup getting into full swing this week, tournament officials want to make sure that all spectators coming out to Wildfire Golf Club experience all the fun and excitement the tournament has to offer.
With that in mind, tournament officials have created a list of helpful tips, guidelines and schedule of events to make sure the 2013 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will be safe and enjoyable for everyone.
TICKETS – Tickets are available at the gate or online at www.LPGAFoundersCup.com and start as low as $25 for a General Admission ticket or $75 for a Weekly Badge. There are also upgraded ticket packages in the Pioneer Pavilion and Founders Club that offer fans comfortable viewing areas around the ninth and 18th greens and food and beverage options to enhance the overall fan experience. As always, kids 17 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult. Gates open at 7 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.
PARKING – FREE parking is available at Horse Lovers Park on Tatum just south of the 101, with shuttles running to and from the course all day. Shuttle times run from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or end of play each day, however check www.LPGAFoundersCup.com for exact times each day. Also new this year, fans can purchase a valet parking pass onsite for the week for just $50.
FUN FOR THE KIDS – The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup prides itself on its family friendly atmosphere and offers plenty of activities for the little ones. Check out the new Girls Golf Kids Zone at the main tournament entrance that features a rock climbing wall, bounce house, face painting and other kid-friendly activities; or the LPGA Junior Golf Clinic presented by RR Donnelley from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the driving range. There are plenty of other activities planned throughout the week as well, go to www.LPGAFoundersCup.com for more information or just come on out and see what’s in store.
LEGENDS EXHIBITION – Watch the true “Legends” of the game play a 9-hole exhibition on the back nine of the tournament course at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, featuring Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, Jan Stephenson and Joanne Carner. Stick around after play for autographs from these LPGA Pioneers.
FREE GOLF LESSONS – Get a FREE 10-minute golf lesson from a teaching pro at the driving range on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the tournament driving range.
HONORING OUR MILITARY – As always, active members of the military are admitted free, just show military ID badge at the main ticket gate at the tournament entrance.
ENHANCED FAN EXPERIENCE – Along with the upgraded ticket packages that are offered for 2013, tournament officials have made additional enhancements that are bound to make this year’s tournament the best yet. Tip-up stadium seats have replaced the traditional bench-style seating, luxurious motor coaches have replaced school buses for shuttle service, and a new fan gathering spot called the Michelob 19th Hole has been added for fans to eat and drink with their fellow golf fans during the tournament.
BOBBLEHEADS – Signature LPGA Tour player Bobbleheads will be given away during the week courtesy of Scottsdale Healthcare. Brittany Lincicome bobbleheads will be given away on Friday, Stacy Lewis on Saturday and defending champ Yani Tseng on Sunday.
GOING GREEN – In honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday of tournament week, GREEN BEER will be served and special green-logoed RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup hats will be available for just a $5 donation, with all proceeds going to Girls Golf.
GOLF ETIQUETTE 101 - Stay quiet and stand still when the players are about to hit the ball. Booing is inappropriate at any time. For your own safety, follow the directions of tournament marshals. Spectators will be removed immediately without warning for:
- Refusal to obey quiet signs or signals
- Distracting or embarrassing a player
- Making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures toward a player
- Cheering or booing at inappropriate times
CHECK THE WEATHER - Check the weather forecast before you visit the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and dress appropriately. The weather in March is fantastic, with mild mornings and warm, sunny afternoons, but it is always a good idea to check the weather and come prepared.
MUST-HAVE ITEMS - Sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes and binoculars.
HAVE A PLAN - There are basically two ways to watch a golf tournament. “Parade Style”, where you pick a spot and watch the field pass by, or “Cross-Country Style”, where you follow a particular player or group around the course. Arrive early to reserve a spot, especially if you plan on watching the tournament Parade Style.
DAILY PAIRING SHEET AND MAP - Pick up a daily pairing sheet to find out when the players tee off and the order of the groups. Pairing sheets include a course map, and are available in the expo area near the main entrance and at various locations on the course. Check the scoreboards to find out who the leaders are and where they are on course.
Entering its third consecutive year, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will be played March 12-17, 2013, at Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.
This full-field, four-day event will be televised live on The Golf Channel all four days and features a $1.5 million purse, with $225,000 going to the champion. Karrie Webb won the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup tournament in 2011, while two-time Rolex Player of the Year winner Yani Tseng captured the title in 2012.
The tournament was established to honor the 13 original Founders of the LPGA Tour, as well as to help provide a future for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program, which has received more than $1 million from tournament proceeds in the last two years.
For more information on the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup or to purchase tickets, go to www.LPGAFoundersCup.com or call 1-888-LPGATIX.