LPGA Giving Winners Money Away
By mustang6560 on 3/16/11
The LPGA is finally back on American soil this week at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Arizona. What's different about this inaugural tournament is the ladies aren't playing for money.
The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup is a one-of-a-kind event that will honor the past, celebrate and showcase the present and provide for the future of the game. Come Sunday, $500,000 will be donated to the LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, and another $500,000 to player-designated charities.

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While LPGA players will forgo tournament earnings in favor of charity, results at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will impact the 2011 LPGA Official Money List. Players also will earn points towards Rolex Player of the Year, Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, Rolex Rankings and U.S. Solheim Cup team. Scores posted also will count towards the prestigious Vare Trophy.
Not to sound selfish, but I would be irritated if I was one of the ladies competing this weekend in Phoenix. How would you feel if your boss said, "OK, guys, next week your salary is going to be donated to charity" and there is nothing you can do about it? I for one, would not be a happy camper.

While the idea behind this is good, donating to charity should be a personal decision, not a forced obligation. The ladies competing on the LPGA Tour are trying to make a living and it's much, much harder to do than on the PGA Tour. Tournaments are sparse compared to the men AND the size of the purse is dramatically smaller. I just don't see how the LPGA can justify giving away these ladies' hard earned money.

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Munners says:
agreed. charity is optional. these professionals need to pay their staff and feed their families too.
Kickntrue says:
While I think giving away the money is a bit of a raw deal for the players... consider the alternative is probably not having a tournament at all. The reason this event got the go-ahead was because of the charity idea. Not having the event may save some embarrassment and hassle- but it's also one less event on the US Schedule for the LPGA- an schedule looking mighty thin as it is. This way the Tour saves face by having another event- and they give money to charity (as do the women). It's not idea- but it isn't exactly something that was dreamed up out of perfect circumstances.
legitimatebeef says:
LPGA, LGPA, LGBA what's the difference!!! Nobody cares about women's golf anyways!

Sorry to be a nag, but you oughta mind your spelling.
mustang6560 says:
@legit- glad you're in my life.
homermania says:
Now that is a legitimate beef, not a nag. Hold your horses(mustang), and do some proofreading.
Bryan K says:
I dunno...a $500,000 purse that is donated to charity is still a six figure tax deduction.
Clint24 says:
Could they not had done a winning % went to the charities instead of all of it?
cjgiant says:
You would think it might be a deterrent from some top golfers showing up and/or playing their best. However, if it is a case of this acting similar to a loss-leader, than maybe you have to suck it up. Hopefully the top LPGA members aren't selfish and realize they have a certain obligation to something like this.
RyanLigon says:
Are they getting paid an "appearance fee" to cover their expenses for showing up at least?
bkuehn1952 says:
In one respect, the "no pay" feature has accomplished one goal, more attention for the LPGA. Here we are discussing this event when, under normal circumstances, an LPGA event with prize money would barely register with a lot of us.
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