RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and it's a new event where LPGA players will be giving back in a big way: they'll playing for a trophy... and no money.
All proceeds from the event which will take place from March 18 - 20 at the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, will go to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program.
The tour will provide free rooms and a stipend to pay caddies... and the tournament will be officially sanctioned, so players will earn points for player of the year, rookie of the year and Rolex World Ranking. Additionally, the money won... from the $1.3 million "mock purse"... will count on the money list.
Mike Purkey's piece in Global Golf Post, Money for Something, Chicks for Free, expresses the collective incredulity of a number of male golf scribes, "The players will get no prize money and, yes, you heard that right, believe it or not." this followed his description of the concept as "...something out of World War II vintage where competitors played for war bonds and a chicken in every pot." Later in the article Purkey again reflects the sentiments of many of his colleagues when he suggests that "... if Tim Finchem had floated such a proposal in front of the PGA Tour membership, he’d be booed out of the building"
And that where tonight's topic comes from: are women, in this case the LPGA ladies, too altruistic for their own good? That's what we'll be discussing tonight on "Only Two Things" and we'd love to have you join the conversation too... on-air... by using our call-in number, which is: 917-889-9592. Or, weigh in at the chat room or on Twitter... or just have a listen on the Sport City Chefs network at Blog Talk Radio. We'll be live from 9:30 - 10:30 ET.