Cognizant Founders Cup Finds New Home At The Familiar Upper Montclair Country Club In NJ
Although The Cognizant Founders Cup relocated from Arizona to New Jersey in 2021, the LPGA Tour event still didn't have its next official location. That all changed on Monday, however, with the women's golf tour announcing that the event will now be hosted by the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey.
If the Upper Montclair Country Club sounds familiar, it's because the LPGA Tour has had events there previously. The course has hosted events in 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984 and 2007-2009, and was also the home to a handful of golf scenes from the award-winning HBO series, The Sopranos.
The Cognizant Founders Cup offers one of the largest prize purses on tour at $3 million. The purse is only bested by the LPGA Tour's four major championships, along with the CME Group Tour Championship — which was recently won by Jin Young Ko this past November.
Additionally, The Cognizant Founders Cup is one of the most decorated tournaments on the LPGA Tour, with the event — which has been played since 2011 — paying homage to the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour. Cognizant did not become the title sponsor until 2021, however.
Following the announcement that the Upper Montclair Country Club will now be the host of the event, Cognizant's CMO, Gaurav Chand, voiced enthusiasm about the LPGA Tour returning to such a familiar site.
Per an LPGA press release: “We’re committed to creating equal opportunity and diversity, both in and out of the workplace.
"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.”
This year's Cognizant Founders Cup will be played from May 12-15.