LPGA golf tournament returns to Upper Montclair Country Club later this month
The best women golfers in the world will be in northern New Jersey this week as part of the LPGA Tour.
It has been 13 years since a pro golf tournament has been held at the Upper Montclair Country Club – a fact that will change this week. The LPGA Tour is back on its first of two stops in New Jersey over the next month.
Organizers say that from a business standpoint, having the tournament in northern New Jersey is vital.
“It’s tremendously important to be able to bring the LPGA here and to be able to establish this tournament and the prestige around it. And to be able to be so close to a lot of our sponsors who are already supporting the LPGA,” says tournament director Scott Wood. “Impressed to be able to tell our story, to be able to generate more excitement and be able to have more people come in and support women’s golf.”
The Upper Montclair Country Club is no stranger to professional golf tournaments. The club is 120 years old and is one of the few courses to host a PGA Tour, a seniors tour and the women’s tour. The women’s tour was last at the course in 2009. They will play the course for at least the next three years.
“The one thing about any golf course around here, it’s got narrow fairways. If you miss the fairway, you’re going to be in the rough, and the rough can get a little bit tough in this area. And it’s got greens that are very quick. We’ve made a tremendous effort in order to maintaining our greens. Our greens are probably some of the best around,” says Upper Montclair Country Club’s Charlie Dimpfl.
The LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup will take place next week. Next month, the women are back for their annual stop in Galloway Township.