Carlota Ciganda talks about the Founders Cup

At Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, we are privileged to have several professional golfers practice on our award-winning Jack Nicklaus design course throughout the year. Our membership roster includes several LPGA players, four of which are teeing up for this year’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament. We sat down with LPGA champion, Carlota Ciganda, to talk shop and learn how she prepares for big tournaments. 

What about the upcoming Founder’s Cup tournament are you most looking forward to?
It’s always special to play in Phoenix because I went to ASU and this feels like my home from home. I love the fans out here and usually the weather is very nice this time of year. The Founders Cup is a nice, fun tournament

Anything about the course or the tournament that you think will be challenging?
You have to make lots of birdies this week. The winning score is usually very low, so I feel it is especially important to make putts this week.

Any specific strategies in mind going into the tournament?
Not really anything different. The strategy is the same every week. Hit the fairways, hit the greens and make some putts. As one of my main strengths is my distance off the tee, I feel I have a lot of shorter clubs that can get onto the greens here, so I’m looking forward to capitalizing on that.

What have you been doing to practice/get ready for the tournament?
Just my usual. Workouts in the mornings with my trainer Zach Gulley at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. Then some practice that includes range, putting, short game and playing on the course. Both courses at Superstition are great tests and playing these have been a huge help in preparing for the LPGA Founders.

What is your connection with Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club?
I’ve been a member for 12 months. My swing coach, Jorge Parada (Liberty National, New Jersey) was good friends with one of the pros at the club.

How would you describe the club and/or its courses? And/or what do you love about it?
Superstition Mountain is a fantastic club and there is a really great feel about the place. The members have been so friendly and welcoming to me. They follow my progress at tournaments and it’s great to stop and chat with them when I am at the club. I could not be more grateful to be a part of the club.

If you can’t make it out to watch Carlota hit the greens in person, stop by Superstition Mountain’s 19th hole and join us in cheering her on.