LPGA Pioneers and an LPGA Founder

The Cognizant Founders Cup is a unique tournament that celebrates the past, present, and future of the LPGA Tour. As excitement for the tournament builds at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, NJ, this year’s tournament will feature three LPGA Pioneers and one of the two surviving original 13 LPGA Founders. These living legends will be watching the Cognizant Founders Cup from the Founders Perch.

Nancy Lopez


LPGA Pioneer

Birthdate: 1957, California
Rookie Year: 1977
LPGA Victories: 48
LPGA Earnings: $5,320,877

Nancy Lopez is one of the most recognizable names in women’s golf, having won nine tournaments—five of them in a row—during her first year on the LPGA Tour alone. Throughout her professional career, she has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, LPGA Rookie of the Year, LPGA Player of the Year and was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Sally Little