TEANECK, N.J., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) was named the presenting partner of THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out, a three-hole individual competition taking place at the Detroit Golf Club on June 28, marking a continuation of Cognizant's commitment to supporting equal opportunity and diversity in the game of golf and beyond. Through THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out, one champion from the women's field of THE JOHN SHIPPEN Invitational will receive a sponsor's exemption to play in the Cognizant Founders Cup, one of the premier events on the LPGA Tour fall calendar.
"We're incredibly honored to be part of THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out at its inauguration," said Shameka Young, Global Head, Diversity and Inclusion at Cognizant. "This influential event promises to raise recognition for Black female golfers and provide an additional on-ramp to qualifying for a LPGA Tour tournament. Cognizant is committed to furthering inclusivity and building on our sponsorship of the Cognizant Founders Cup. This partnership marks another milestone in our journey. We can't wait for June 28th!"
THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out is a three-hole winner-take-all event immediately following the invitational.
How the Shoot-Out Works:
- The second- and third-place teams from THE JOHN SHIPPEN Invitational women's team event will face off as individuals. The four competitors will play head-to-head for a spot in the Cognizant Founders Cup, taking place October 4–10 in West Caldwell, NJ.
- The high-stakes Shoot-Out will be held at Detroit Golf Club's South Course on the par-4 11th hole, par-3 12th hole and par-4 13th hole, with the lowest individual score among the four competitors earning the exemption.
- If there is a tie, participants will replay the par-3 12th hole until a champion is crowned.
"We are excited that a talented player from THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out will earn a berth in the 2021 Cognizant Founders Cup and compete against the best professional golfers in the world from the LPGA," said Scott Wood, Tournament Director, Cognizant Founders Cup. "This historic tournament is a celebration of LPGA's founders who paved the way for girls and women to succeed in the game of golf, while also serving as an important platform to change the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive."
"We at Intersport are thrilled that our friends at Cognizant have committed a sponsor exemption to their LPGA Tour Cognizant Founders Cup through THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out," said Jason Langwell, Executive Vice President of Intersport and Executive Director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. "This new addition represents the fourth Tour exemption we are able to offer through THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Invitational, which furthers our efforts to bolster access and opportunities for talented Black golfers."
Earlier this year, Cognizant was named a title partner of the LPGA Tour's Founders Cup. Cognizant's goal is to help showcase the female players of today and their efforts to build a stronger platform for the next generation of golfers. The Cognizant Founders Cup is the largest LPGA Tour event outside of the majors and the CME Group Tour Championship.