LPGA's Symetra Tour coming to Garden City

4/8/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Garden City and Buffalo Dunes Golf Course will be hosting a Symetra Tour event for women’s professional golfers Sept. 11 to 13.

The Symetra Tour is the launching ground for young professional women’s golfers who are seeking to gain a spot on the LPGA Tour.

The announcement for the Garden City Classic was made Tuesday afternoon at a press conference at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

Making the announcement was Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour, whose office is located in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The inaugural 54-hole Classic will carry a purse of $100,000, with a first-place winner’s check of $15,000. It is the final regular season event of a 19-tournament 2014 schedule that will conclude the following week with the Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International’s Jones Course in Daytona Beach.

The week prior to the Garden City event, the Tour will be conducting the Prairie Band Casino and Resort Charity Classic in Mayetta, north of Topeka, thus the travel from that event to Garden City is made much simpler for the majority of the expected field of 144 golfers.

A pro-am event will be played on Sept. 10 at the Dunes, with practice rounds starting on Sept. 9.

Now in its 34th year, the Symetra Tour is the official Road to the LPGA. The top 10 money winenrs each season earn memberships on the LPGA Tour for the following season. More than 500 alumnae have moved to the LPGA through the years and former Tour players have won 379 LPGA titles, including 43 major championships.

Since 1989, the Tour has contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the country, and the Garden City Classic will be selecting local charities in the near future for donations to be made.

Currently, Yueer Cindy Feng is the leading money winner through the IOA Golf Classic, the fourth event this season, with earnings of $25,984. Second on the money list is Kendall Dye, the recent winner of the IOA Classic, with $19,952. There are 137 players currently listed on the Symetra Tour money list. In all, the Symetra Tour conducts tournaments in 11 states.

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