2017 GreatLIFE Challenge Tournament Notes and Pairings
The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, begins its home stretch this week at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge. The four-round event will begin Thursday, August 31st, and run through Sunday, September 3, at Willow Run Golf Club.
The 144 player field will be competing for a share of a $210,000 purse, the second largest on the Tour’s schedule, with a top prize of $31,500. The top-10 on the year-end Volvik Race for the Card money list will receive their LPGA Tour cards for the 2018 season.
First round play begins on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. off of the first and 10th tees. There will be a cut to the top 60 and ties following second round play on Friday, September 1. The third and final rounds will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday off split tees in threesomes. The final round is expected to conclude at approximately 2:30 p.m. with a trophy ceremony on the 18th green.
Local Competitors: Kelsie Passolt & Teresa Toscano
Kelsie Passolt: Passolt, who was hired to anchor weeknights on KDLT in 2016, played Division I college golf from 2008-2012 at Northern Illinois. This will be her first professional golf tournament. “I’m honored and so excited to have the rare opportunity to play golf alongside the amazingly talented women on the Symetra Tour,” said Passolt, who was born in the Minnesota suburb of Chaska and lived on Hazeltine Golf Course, site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. “I’ve learned more about my game getting ready for this event than I have in a long time. It’s been an amazing preparation process and I look forward to doing my best and having a blast at the tournament.”
While she never pursued professional golf, Passolt has stayed close to golf while climbing the ranks in the television industry. She currently gives golf lessons and donates all the money earned to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Pink Powerhouse Pull fundraiser locally in Sioux Falls. Her program is called “Golf Lessons for Kelsie’s Cause” and the $50 an hour she charges goes straight to fight breast cancer.
Teresa Toscano: Toscano, a sophomore at South Dakota State University, was named Second Team All-Summit League following a strong freshman campaign in 2016-17. She finished second on the team and fourth in the league in stroke average (74.77). Her scoring average was second all-time in a single-season at SDSU. She posted one individual win and six top five finishes. Prior to SDSU, she won the Andalucía International Championship U25 title and placed third at the Valencia Championship in 2016.
“I am very excited to play in the GreatLIFE Symetra Tour professional tournament,” said Toscano, who hails from Huelva, Spain. “My dream is to one day play professionally and I am very grateful I get this opportunity to test my game against the pros. I can’t wait for next week.”