2017 LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup – Jr Course Reporters – THURSDAY

Thursday Recap
by Mary Beth Doss:

Today, I arrived at the course early and decided to start off by watching my favorite LPGA Pro Golfer Morgan Pressel play. The moment she saw us on Hole 3 watching, she came over to say hello and give us a hug! I was able to watch her play all the way through to Hole 13; it was wonderful because she’s one of my biggest inspirations! After this, I walked back to The Girl’s Golf tent to check in with Cori and all the other girls.

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2017 LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup – Junior Course Reporters – WEDNESDAY

Wednesday Recap
by Mary Beth Doss:

Day Two for Meg and I at the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup! In the morning, I checked in for Course reporting and once that was done, I had some free time to watch my favorite player, Morgan Pressel, play in the Bank of Hope Pro-Am. The Pro-Am is typically played the day before the first round of the real tournament, and is when the people who sponsor the events get to play with two different pros (One pro plays the front 9 with the sponsors, the other plays the back 9).

After I watched Morgan, two golf members accompanied us to film a PR Promo for The Golf Channel. The clips were little teasers and it was super fun to film! One hour later, Meg and I had the opportunity to go to The Golf Channel trailer area. We had the opportunity to sit and listen to The Golf Channel recording, and this was very cool to experience since we had never seen behind-the-scenes access like this before. When the reporters were finished, they gave us a shout-out and we were able to introduce ourselves and answer some simple questions.

One of my favorite parts of the interview was when Meg and I had the chance to turn the tables around and interview Tom Abbott. We both asked a few simple questions and a few challenging questions and he answered them very well and seemed to enjoy it. During this time, there were many photos being taken and we sometimes had to pose during the interview, which brought about some very comical pictures. After the cameras stopped rolling, we talked to a few of other Golf Channel workers who also happened to be ex-tour players, which allowed us to ask even more questions that we had come up with throughout the day.

Next, we went to The Girls Golf press conference held in the Media Center, where we sat with reporters and listened to Nancy Lopez, Sandra Gal, and one of our own members, Kyla Wilde, answer questions. This press conference, which was moderated by Nancy Henderson, the LPGA Foundation President, focused on the past, the present, and the future for women in the game of golf. Each lady up there did such an amazing job answering questions, but I especially enjoyed watching one of my friends, Kyla, responding back with great answers. Nancy Lopez and Sandra Gal both talked about their careers and specifically what golf meant to them as women.

Aside from these major events on Day Two, Meg and I had a good amount of time to walk around and get to know the course, as well as the players. It was an incredible day, and I can’t wait for what the rest of the tournament will bring!


Wednesday Recap
by Meg Marty:

 Mary Beth and I kicked off Day Two of the Founder’s Cup by heading down to The Golf Channel’s “Player Room”, where the tournament players were flowing in and out for interviews. This gave us the opportunity to see what goes on behind the camera, and how both the reporters and the players prepare for interviews.

We also had the privilege of being filmed for an intro for The Founder’s Cup. We were placed in front of the camera and had to say a few lines from a script; I felt like an actress! Our lines were based off the 5 E’s and the girls who represent them. My line was, “When I grow up I want to be on the LPGA Tour!”

After this, we had a mini-photo shoot with Cori; we took pictures high-fiving the players of the tournament, as well as the girls participating in the Pro-Am!! This was so much fun.

One of my favorite parts of the day was having the honor of speaking with Marilynn Smith, who is one of the thirteen founders of the LPGA! It was incredibly exciting to be able to speak with someone who helped start it all! On our way back to the Media Center, Beth and I saw Sadena Parks and her caddie. We were able to take pictures with her and she gave us each one of her own head covers!

Finally, Beth and I made our way over to The Golf Channel’s trailer with Scott Wood, the LPGA BofH Founders Cup Tournament Director. Here, we sat in on a meeting with the crew of The Golf Channel and learned what events are happening this week. We were able to interview the people who worked there, including Tom Abbott, the co-host of Big Break Florida!

Directly after this we went to the Girls Golf press conference in the Media Center! We listened to Sandra Gal and Nancy Lopez answer questions about the past, present, and future of women in golf. It was a very great learning experience!

Once we checked off these events off our to-do list for the day, we walked around the course and got to see the players finishing their practice rounds. We can’t wait for the tournament to start!

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2017 Bank of Hope Founders Cup – Girls Golf – Junior Course Reporters

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Media Check In, Player Meeting & Pairings Party
Tuesday Recap by MaryBeth Doss:

Today, the other Junior Reporter, Meg, and I checked in for our first day at the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup! First stop, we got to see the official Media Center to grab credentials and meet the official PR team! We also met some of the people who worked there and told us about what they do and their roles. Some people were interns but most were writers or involved with media.

That evening, we had a special invite to go to the Players Meeting for all the LPGA professionals. It was a long chat and lots of info was shared. The meeting pretty much explained the fundamentals and whatnot of all the week’s expectations. LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan, lead the meeting where they talked about the player constitution, rules for the week and more. They also took time to chat with the players about security and how to be safe in person with people and on social media. It was long and all business. It was good to see that side of being a player.

The last stop of the night was Bank of Hope Pro-Am Pairings Party. The Pairings Party is when the players (not the pros) who are playing in the Pro-Am get to see what professional is playing with them for the next day’s round of golf. Throughout the night, we saw many pros all dressed up and even got the chance with talk and visit with a few of them. To close out the night, we had nice chat with Natalie Gulbis – she has a sponsor exemption spot to play!

Day 1 complete! Today was really fun…The first day of being a course reporter in the books…


Tuesday Recap
by Meg Marty:

Today was Day One of the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup!!!

Upon arrival, we got our first look at the tournament Media Center! We meet Al, who works for LPGA, he is a liaison with the media at many tour events. After that, we had the opportunity to attend the LPGA Players Meeting, which is where the LPGA players check in and learn about rules and expectations for the week. The gathering was kind of like a board meeting where they go over the LPGA Constitution and approve rules. It was a side of the players jobs I had never seen.

After the Players Meeting, we went to the Pro-Am Pairings Party! At this special party, we meet the Tour Players and we learned the parings for the Pro-Am taking place on Wednesday! We socialized at the party, mingled at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge to meet as many supporters as possible and had some super yummy food!!!

My favorite part of the Pairings party was the photo booth and chatting with the LPGA players about their experiences. Tonight, we were welcomed with the sponsors and LPGA players as equals, tonight we were not just fans asking for autographs — we were included, welcomed and feel really grateful for a special evening.

Signing out for Day 1 at the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup. What a blast!

2017 LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Course Reporters

Bbeth-doss-2017-jr-course-reporter-girls-golf-of-phoenixeth Doss is a 13 years old, 8th grader at L. Thomas Heck Middle School in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Her favorite sport is golf and she has truly found her passion as an active and engaged player. She is an active member of the LPGA Girls Golf of Phoenix, The First Tee of Phoenix, JGAA and US kids. Her favorite part of golf is sharing it with close friends. Beth loves hanging with her friends from golf and school. Beth favorite LPGA player is Morgan Pressel and through the LPGA Founder Cup she has had many experiences with her. Beth has been a “Fan” of The Founders Cup and has been able to attend since she was 7. She also has athletic roots in cross country running, basketball and softball. Before golf became her passion, she also found success as a competitive figure skater. Beth is a straight A student and school has offered her many achievements and success.


meg-marty-2017-jr-course-reporter-girls-golf-of-phoenixMeg Marty is 14 years old and attends Desert Mountain High School and involved in the IB Program. Meg loves to volunteer, meet new people, bake, hike, tell corny jokes, go on adventures and PLAY GOLF (especially Girls Golf)! What she loves most about golf is what is learned on course that can apply off course… She knows the importance of the game on and off and has learned integrity, honesty and sportsmanship. As a freshman just starting golf, Meg earned the privilege to play on top 5 on her High School varsity golf team and some of her successes include qualifying for the state championship, chipping-in during competitive rounds, and winning MVP for her team (as a freshman)! When Meg is not playing golf, she can be found volunteering in the community, worshiping at her church, playing with her 13 chickens or having fun with family and friends.

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Course Reporters: Kingsmill, Part 2

Rain or shine the LPGA goes on. Even though the weather was not perfect, the ladies played through that and had an amazing game. As we watched them we saw how concentrated you have to be. It was great to watch. When we got to interview the girls they had an answered all of my questions without hesitation they were all great, they were nice to us and did not get annoyed with me. When they came off the 18th green some came off happy and others came off knowing they could have done better but regardless they all were happy to answer questions, like Lexi Thompson as she was walking away we could tell she was upset but when we asked for an interview she gathered herself and answered all of my questions. All of the girls were so amazing that weekend and played their best. Continue reading

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Course Reporters – Kingsmill, Part 1

Virginia’s weather is always unpredictable, but it will not keep the LPGA away!  This weekend I had the privilege of being chosen as a LPGA / Acer Jr. Golf Course Reporter and a privilege it was.  Saturday started out with nothing but rain and cold weather.  The game was put off until 12:03, and, when it started, they kept playing, but because of the hectic rescheduling, our day of reporting was delayed which turned out to my advantage.  As I usually do the Girls Golf clinic, I would have missed it if I had been reporting. The Girls Golf clinic is a part of the LPGA Kingsmill you need to experience.  As the clinic and LPGA*USGA Girls Golf is one of the best programs of getting girls involved in a used-to-be predominantly men’s sport, and I will tell you why. Continue reading

Course Reporters: Kia Classic – Day 1, Part 2

Media Day at the 2016 Kia Classic

Today was an amazing day at the Kia Classic!  We started off the day by meeting many new people who were all extremely kind and as excited to meet us as we were to meet them. The first interview we conducted was with Carlotta Ciganda from Spain while she warmed up for her round on the putting green.  Then we went to the media center and were part of a press conference with Lydia Ko, and as course reporters, we were able to ask her a few questions of our own!

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Course Reporters: Kia Classic – Day 2, Part 1

Round 2 at the 2016 Kia Classic

Today was our second and final day on the course.  We met many new people and enjoyed so many incredible new experiences.  The day started off meeting the Marines who pulled the flag on the ninth hole.  They were very nice and excited to be there representing the military.  Then, our friend Bob Ross from the media center introduced us to Dave Scott from KUSI News.  Dave invited us to come to the first tee box so he could interview US about Girls Golf on live TV!!  We were super excited be asked for an interview.

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Course Reporters: Kia Classic – Day 2, Part 2

Round 2 at the 2016 Kia Classic!

I think today topped the amazing day that we had on Wednesday which was tough to beat. We got to meet so many more players today and see what it is like on an actual game day. I noticed how all the players went to putt after their round and it is a good wind down after a round. It was so fun hearing the crowd cheer when someone made a good putt or chipped in on 18. All the volunteers and players were so nice!!!

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Course Reporters: Kia Classic – Day 1, Part 1

Day 1, Wednesday 23rd
LPGA Kia Classic Media Day

Today was such a fun day!! The day began with meeting up with Allie then she took us to the media tent. Everyone was so nice there! Our first interview was with Carlota Ciganda. She is truly so kind and she is so funny! After meeting the amazing Carlota we went up to watch a press conference with Lydia Ko which was a sight to see. I think one of the most fun things we did all day was going to the photo shoot at the hotel. We met several new people and it was so much fun watching the players pose for their pictures. They had to look fierce but also look kind. It was definitely as much fun for the players to take the pictures as much as it was for us to watch.

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