May 10-14 at Upper Montclair Country Club; Partnership Supports Women’s Health Care Month Initiatives
Golf’s Best Professional Players Will Visit Northern NJ to Compete in Prestigious Spring Event that Honors LPGA’s 13 Founding Members and Drives Mission to Engage, Empower, and Support Girls and Women
Clifton, NJ, — The LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup today announced that RWJBarnabas Health, the largest most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, has been named the Official Healthcare Provider of the 2023 tournament, taking place May 10-14 at historic Upper Montclair Country Club, in Clifton, NJ. As part of the ongoing partnership, RWJBarnabas Health will manage all on-site Emergency Medical Services (EMS) throughout tournament week.
This marks the third straight year that RWJBarnabas Health will serve as the Official Healthcare Provider of the Cognizant Founders Cup, a prestigious event that showcases the world’s best professional players and helps drive the LPGA’s mission to engage, empower, and support girls and women. Delivering approximately a quarter of all hospital births in the state of New Jersey annually, RWJBarnabas Health has long been committed to women’s health, especially as needs change throughout a women’s lifetime.
In observance of May as Women’s Health Care Month, tournament attendees will be reminded that “all women should prioritize their health and well-being,” and preventive health screenings will be available near the main entrance. Additionally, LPGA Tour players will provide a series of simple tips to encourage all women to take ownership of their health and well-being through regular check-ups and preventive screenings. These important messages will be amplified across all RWJBarnabas Health digital and social channels, as well as across LPGA social media channels.
“In addition to watching world class athletes perform on the golf course, this partnership provides RWJBarnabas Health with an opportunity to educate and empower women to take care of themselves,” said Suzanne Spernal, Senior Vice President Women’s Services, RWJBarnabas Health. “Research confirms what we’ve long known —healthier women and children are crucial to a vital community. Reinforcing this message in partnership with the LPGA, especially during Women’s Health Care Month, will be impactful.”
NJ-based Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), one of the world’s leading professional services companies is the Title Sponsor for the 2023 Cognizant Founders Cup, an event that pays tribute to the 13 founding members of the LPGA. The Cognizant Founders Cup offers a $3 million purse, which is one of the largest of any LPGA Tour event outside of the majors and the CME Group Tour Championship.
“We are thrilled to have RWJBarnabas Health back as the Official Healthcare provider of the event,” said Scott Wood, Tournament Director, Cognizant Founders Cup. “As the premier Healthcare System in New Jersey, their values align with our mission, and it’s extra meaningful to engage their expertise and support in conjunction Women’s Health Care Month initiatives.”
To purchase individual and week-long ticket packages along with an assortment of hospitality options, golf fans can now visit www.thefounderslpga.com. General admission tickets, providing access to the tournament grounds any day Wednesday through Sunday are $45, with a weekly 5-day pass available for $125. Hospitality packages, which begin at $100 per day, include access to on-course hospitality and an assortment of food and beverage options.
Juniors 17 and under receive free general admission, and active and retired Military can show their ID at the gate which gives them access to a free (accompanying guests not included) grounds pass on that given day. On Wednesday, May 10th, courtesy of New Jersey Golf Foundation, all spectators receive free admission to watch the Pro-Am.
Upper Montclair Country Club is one of only a few country clubs worldwide known to have hosted tournaments for all three professional golf tours, including the LPGA in 1979 & 1980, 1983 & 1984, and 2007-2009. Long considered one of NJ’s premier golf clubs, this legendary A.W. Tillinghast golf course design underwent a major renovation in the 1950s, directed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., transforming Upper Montclair Country Club into its present 27-hole Championship layout. The acclaimed venue, which has hosted hundreds of the world’s best players over many decades, will challenge an elite field of LPGA TOUR golfers.
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 Members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Epson Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. Follow the LPGA on its U.S. television home, Golf Channel, online at www.LPGA.com and on its mobile apps. Join the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Cognizant works to advance diversity and inclusion in its business and beyond, including its partnership with the LPGA Tour, which aims to make sports more inclusive at all levels across the globe. Together, we’re improving everyday life. See how at www.cognizant.com or @cognizant.
About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, three acute care children’s hospitals, Children’s Specialized Hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.
RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians– and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health launched an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. For more information, visit www.RWJBH.org.