Skip to main content

Symetra Tour Prepares For Its Most Anticipated Event of the Year!

The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, begins a five week stretch this week with the most anticipated event on its schedule, the 3rd annual Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic.

This event offers the largest purse ($250,000) and winner's payout (37,500), in the 36 year history of the tour.

This will be tournament #5 of 22 tournaments on the Symetra Tour schedule this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Links at Stoney Point
Location:  Greenwood, South Carolina
Defending Champion:  Alejandra Llaneza
Winning Score: 70-68-69-71 = 278 (-10)

Final Field:  144 Players
Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage: Not available
Purse:  $250,000

Defending Champion Alejandra Llaneza will be teeing it up on the LPGA tour this weekend.

There will be players from 25 different countries teeing it up and competing for a potentially life-changing winner's check. Based on the current Volvic Race for the card money list, the winner of this event will likely move into the top three (if not already there). The top ten on the final money list after the Symetra Tour Championship will earn membership for the 2017 season.

To add a special twist to this event, there will be two champions crowned on Sunday! A field of 24 Legends Tour players will compete for a $100,000 purse in a 18-hole tournament on Sunday. The Legends Tour tee times and Symetra Tour tee times will alternate. The Legends Tour pairings will be mixed in with the final eight Symetra Tour pairings.

Forty-eight time winner Nancy Lopez headlines the field. Lori Kane, who won the Legends Tour portion of the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial, earlier this year, is also in the field. Rosie Jones who leads the Legends Tour with 7 wins, is also scheduled to tee it up. Other notable players include: Amy Alcott, Jane Blalock, Jane Crafter, Val Skinner, and Jan Stephenson.

The field is strong this week with 7 of the top 10, and 15 of the top 20 on the Volvic Race for the Card money list scheduled to compete. There are no major championships on the Symetra Tour, but this event has always been considered one by the players because of the high purse.

Madelene Sagstrom is on pace to shatter every Symetra Tour record.

Madelene Sagstrom, the No. 1 player on the Volvic Race for the Card money list, is off to an amazing start this year. In her four starts this year she has finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st, and 5th. Sagstrom became the quickest to ever cross the $50,000 mark in earnings. With a win this week, she would move her season's earnings to $93,714, which would be less than one thousand dollars short of the all-time single season total in tour history. Sagstrom leads the tour in scoring average (70.615), and is third in driving distance (274.462). Only 2 of her rounds have been over par so far this year.

Other Tidbits:

In 2013 there were no $200,000 tournament purses on the Symetra Tour. There are five this year.

The Links at Stoney Point is a challenging test of golf. Wei-Ling Hsu won at 8 under par in 2014, while Alejandra Llaneza won last year at 10 under. Both are now LPGA members.

There are two players in the field, Nelly Korda and Madison Pressel, that have older sisters on the LPGA Tour.

Madelene Sagstrom shot a 6 under par 66, setting a new course record, in taking a 3 shot lead in round 2.

Sangstrom follows her 66 with a 67, and will take a 7 stroke lead into the weekend.

Here are the Final scores:

1 Madelene Sagstrom -10
2 Wichanee Meechai -4
T3 Pavarisa Yoktuan -3
T3 Ally McDonald -3
5 Shannon Fish +1
6 Marissa Steen +2
T7 Katelyn Sepmoree +3
T7 Peiyun Chien +3
T7 Jennifer Kirby +3
T7 Laura Gonzalez Escallon +3

For full scoreboard see link on top of page.

Follow @tonyjesselli  on Twitter (Currently 1,462 followers)


  1. Vicky Hurst set that single season money record in 2008 as an 18 year old rookie. She won five times and had five other top 10 finishes. She signed a big contract with Callaway and moved up to the LPGA in 2009. She was expected to be the next big superstar on the LPGA, but her career has never really taken off. Last year she had to return to the Symetra Tour where she regained her LPGA card for this season, but so far she is not playing very well. She has only made 2 cuts in 8 starts.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

Born: 1/7/83 (36 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002

Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:
ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:   (Updated through the 2018 season)

329 career starts238 cuts made (72.3%)37 top tens (11.2%)Has $4,898,508 in career earnings through the 2018 season (67th on the all time LPGA career money list).

Other Career Highlights: A three time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member (2005, 2…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2018

1/24/19 Bonus photos added at bottom of page.

As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2009 we have gone to almost 60 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here, and my wife (who is a schoolteacher) is my proofreader and takes many of the photos. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2018. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.


My Top Ten LPGA Blogs of All-Time

Let me start out today by saying that I am looking forward to next week when the LPGA resumes it's schedule for real this time. They will play four consecutive weeks before the next break that will take them back to the USA. 
Needless to say with all the off time, I have been running out of things to write about. 
This week is the 9th anniversary of my blogging about the LPGA!

Those of you that have been with me from the beginning will remember that the first 3 years I blogged for Mostly Harmless. I created Tony's LPGA Report in 2013.

Over that period of time I have published over 750 blogs. Most have turned out to be quite successful, some have fallen flat. But one thing that you can be sure of is that I have always tried my best to be the "go to" resource for up-to-date and accurate news about the LPGA.

I recently went back through all of my blogs and made a list of the ten most popular. The results were quite surprising. It seems like the pieces that I spend the most t…

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

Michelle Wie Gets Engaged!

Michelle Wie announced on Instagram last night that she is engaged to marry Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' director of basketball operations.

Jonnie is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.

Wie, 29, a Punahou School and Stanford graduate, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. West, 30, played basketball at West Virginia, his father’s alma mater. Wie, who has been recovering from hand surgery in October, is expected to play in the Lotte Championship, April 17-20, at Ko Olina.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who was the only LPGA player to play in 30 events in 2018?

For the answer tothis week's trivia question press here.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Preview

Congratulations go out to Anna Nordqvist for successfully defending her ShopRite Classic title. She came from behind, shooting a final round 64, which turned out to be one stroke better than runner-up Haru Nomura.

This week the LPGA travels to the state of Washington for the the playing of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship. This is the second Major Championship of the season. It is also the start of an extremely important part of the 2016 LPGA schedule that will include 3 Major Championships and the UL International Crown in the next 8 weeks.

This tournament was won last year in run-away fashion, when Inbee Park smoked the field by 5 strokes. She has won this championship 3 years in a row, and will be trying for a very rare four-peat. However, a recent injury to her thumb, will make that highly unlikely.

This will be tournament #16 of 33 on the 2016 LPGA schedule.
This will also be Major Championship #2 of 5 to be played in 2016.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Sahalee Country Club

LPGA Announces its 2019 Schedule!

The LPGA officially announced its 2019 schedule today, and it well worth the wait!

Here are the highlights:
1- The schedule features 34 events (33 official + The Solheim Cup). There were 33 last year (32 + UL International Crown).

2- The season will start one week earlier than last year, and kick off with two new tournaments.

3- There are a total of four tournaments:
     a) Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Jan 17-20)
     b) Vic Open (Feb 7-10)
     c) Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 17-20)
     d) BMW Ladies Championship (October 24-27)

     Tournaments that are no longer on the LPGA schedule:
     a) Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic (Pure Silk will be sponsoring the Virginia Event)
     b) LPGA Volvic Championship
     c) LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
     d) Blue Bay LPGA

     There will be another tournament announced at a later date, that will take place Nov 14-17.

4- Will feature a record setting $70.55 million in prize money (up from 65.35 last year).

5- There w…