Monday, September 15, 2014

Symetra Tour Championship - Who will earn their LPGA Cards This Week?



UPDATE:  Here are the 10 players who received full time playing status on the LPGA Tour for 2015:

11Steen , Marissa$75,348.0016
22Kwak , Min Seo$69,143.0017
37Stoelting , Jackie$60,452.0019
43Parks , Sadena$57,597.0017
54Lee , Min$57,011.0018
65Hsu , Wei-Ling$53,004.0013
76Feng , Yueer Cindy$51,992.0012
88Dye , Kendall$47,684.0020
915Runas , Demi$45,095.0020
109Blackwelder , Mallory$41,381.0020





The Symetra Tour will complete its 2014 schedule this week with the playing of the Symetra Tour Championship. The Championship starts on Thursday, September 18th and concludes on Sunday, September 21st.

Why am I writing about this today? The answer is simple. All LPGA fans should be paying close attention to this week's Symetra Tour results.

The Symetra tour, also known as "the Road to the LPGA", will be handing out 10 LPGA tour cards to the top ten money winners at the completion of play.

Those ten players will get full tour status for the 2015 LPGA season. They will be issued a category 9 playing card, meaning they will be listed immediately after the top 80 LPGA players on the 2015 LPGA Priority List. These players will be able to compete in all full field events in 2015.

There are currently 39 players that have a chance to attain that card this week. If Ashley Tait, who is currently #39 on the Symetra Tour money list, was to win this week, she would then have more money than the player currently sitting at #10. 


The following players are safe and will receive their card no matter what happens this week:
1- Marissa Steen - $75,348
2- Min Seo Kwak - $68,552  
3- Sadena Parks - $55,232
4- Min Lee - $53,487
5- Wei-Ling Hsu - $53,004
6- Cindy Feng - $51,992

The following players are not safe:
7- Jackie Stoelting - $48,500
8- Kendall Dye - $46,032
9- Mallory Blackwelder - $39,487
10- Veronica Felibert - 39,479

The following players have the best chance to sneak in this week with a good finish:

Player
Earnings
Minimum Finish
Projected Final Earnings
11. Sara-Maude Juneau
$36,538
11th($2,995)
$39,533
12. Lee Lopez
$36,115
9th ($3,531)
$39,646
13. Lindy Duncan
$36,063
9th ($3,531)
$39,594
14. Brittany Altomare
$33,864
5th ($6,435)
$40,299
15. Demi Runas
$33,223
5th ($6,435)
$39,658
16. Emily Talley
$32,747
4th ($7,963)
$40,710
17. Nicole Vandermade
$31,896
4th ($7,963)
$39,859
18. Olivia Jordan-Higgins
$30,887
3rd ($10,255)
$41,142
19. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon
$28,983
2nd ($14,088)
$43,071
20. Madison Pressel
$27,909
2nd ($14,088)
$41,997

Players 21 through 39 must win the event ($22,500) in order to have a chance to get inside the top ten. A second place finish would not be  good enough for #21 Maude Aimee Leblanc.


Past players who have earned their LPGA cards after finishing in the Symetra Tour top 10 include Inbee Park and Gerina Piller.

Here are some key details to this week's event:

Course:  LPGA Internationl - Jones Course
Location:  Daytona Beach, Florida
Defending Champion:  Megan McChrystal
Winning Score: 68-71-68-68= 275 (-13)

Final Field:  120 players
Par:  72
Yardage:  6,389
Purse: $ 150,000

Check back here tomorrow for the preview of this week's LPGA tournament in Alabama.


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2 comments:

  1. A huge thrill for the top 10... a huge disappointment for those who just miss. Last year I think about 100 dollars separated 10th place from 11th place. Mo Martin is inspiration for those who fail to earn the LPGA cards this year. It took her 6 seasons on the Symetra before she finally did it.
    The players that finish 11th to 25th on the money list are given automatic entry into the final stage of LPGA Q School in December. That will give them one more shot at earning their card for 2015.

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  2. Thank you for the info. I'm caddying for the number 14 and we going to try are best this week.

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