Monday, April 13, 2015

Symetra Tour & Legends Tour to Play Together This Week

The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, is back in action after a two-week hiatus for the fourth event of the year, the second annual Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial at Cypress Lake Country Club, April 16-19. This is one of the marquee events of the 2015 season as the Symetra Tour and Legends Tour will both play this week in Fort Myers, Florida.

The 72-hole Symetra Tour event will begin on Thursday, April 16 and conclude on Sunday, April 19. The 36-hole Legends Tour event will begin on Saturday, April 18 and conclude side-by-side with the Symetra Tour event on Sunday. Players from the Symetra Tour and Legends Tour will be paired together in threesomes on Saturday and Sunday (two Symetra Tour players and one Legends Tour playerPlayers from both Tours are competing for separate $150,000 tournament purses. The winners of the events will both receive a first-place check of $22,500 and the Chico’s Leopard Jacket. 

Both the Symetra and Legends Tours will be teeing it up here

The Symetra Tour field will be sliced to the top 50 players and ties after second round play on Friday. The top 70 and ties will still be compensated as if they made the cut, but they will not play on the weekend.

BOTH FIELDS VERY STRONG: The Symetra Tour field will feature eight of the top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list and 17 of the top 20. The only players not in the field are No. 1 Sue Kim, No. 7 Giulia Molinaro and No. 20 Jimin Kang. Kim and Molinaro are both in the field for the LPGA Tour event this week, the LOTTE Championship. 

There are 17 current LPGA Tour members that will tee off in the Symetra Tour field. In alphabetical order, the list includes Julia Boland, Ashli Bunch, Lindy Duncan, Casey Grice, Candy Hannemann, Celine Herbin, Daniela Iacobelli, Haley Italia, Nicole Jeray, Birdie Kim, Mindy Kim, Cindy LaCrosse, Liz Nagel, Jean Reynolds, Natalie Sheary, Victoria Tanco and Caroline Westrup. 

The Legends Tour field is loaded with eight LPGA Tour Hall-of-Famers and the 30 players in the field have combined for 410 career LPGA wins. The eight Hall-of-Famers that will tee it up this week are Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel, Sandra Haynie, Betsy King, Nancy Lopez and Hollis Stacy. The eight hall-of-famers captured a total of 31 LPGA Tour major championships. Bradley and King won six majors apiece. 

Cypress Lake Country Club is a Dick Wilson designed course that opened in 1961. There are three World Golf Hall of Fame members that were members of the club at one time: Patty Berg, Gene Sarazen and Herb Graffis. 

This is the fourth of 23 events on the 2015 Symetra Tour schedule. The schedule features the most events in 27 years. Since 2013, the Tour schedule has grown from 15 events to 23 events. 

The Symetra Tour total purse of $2.73 million is the largest in Tour history. The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial is one of 11 events with a total purse that exceeds $100,000. 

WHO’S HOT: On the Symetra Tour side, nobody has been more consistent than Brianna Do, who is the only player on Tour with top 10 finishes in each of the first three events. Do currently ranks sixth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. Do has finished in a tie for fourth twice and finished in a tie for ninth at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.

Here are the leaders after round 3:

T1T1canLEBLANC, Maude-Aimee10-612:38 AM717069210
T1T1usaKUENY, Laura-612:27 PM687369210
T1T1usaLOPEZ, Lee4-612:27 PM697170210
T1T1usaDO, Brianna6-612:38 AM726672210
55canJAMES, Augusta-512:16 PM697072211
T6T6usaNAGEL, Elizabeth-411:54 AM727268212
T6T6usaLACROSSE, Cindy-412:05 PM717269212
T6T6norWESTRUP, Caroline-412:16 PM736871212
T6T6usaTUBERT, Emily-412:05 PM736871212
1010canRICHDALE, Samantha-311:54 AM707370213
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  1. Morning Drive will be doing some live coverage from the event, Thursday to Sunday. I think that will be the very first time they have ever covered a Symetra event... at least to my recollection,

  2. I wondered what happened to Jimin Kang and now I know....