4th Annual Sioux Falls GREATLIFE CHALLENGE KICKS OFF AUGUST 30th
SIOUX FALLS, SD (August 27, 2018) – GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club in conjunction with the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is proud to host the 4th Annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run as part of the LPGA Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA.
The tournament will be held August 30-September 2 at Willow Run Golf Course and marks Sioux Falls’ fourth year as host to an LPGA event of this magnitude. Once again, the city has an opportunity to showcase its world-class amenities and Midwest hospitality to 142 ambitious players and interested spectators from around the globe.
The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is one of only four 72-hole events on the tour and one of only 21 cities to host the tour. Once again, the city has an opportunity to showcase its world-class amenities and Midwest hospitality to 142 ambitious players and interested spectators from around the globe. According to the CVB, Sioux Falls will see more than $3 million in economic impact, depending on overall attendance.
About the Field
The current field will represent 31 countries, 26 different US states and 24 of the top 25 players on the money list. Golfers participating in the tournament have a shot at a purse of $210,000-with the winner taking home $31,500 – and points in the Volvik Race for the Card toward a coveted spot on the pro tour.
Sioux Falls native, high school standout and Northwestern College freshman Kate Wynja will join the tournament as an exemption. Wynja made national headlines earlier this summer in the state high school golf tournament for reporting her own scorecard error, disqualifying herself from the tournament she was poised to win.
The second exemption for the tournament is 16-year-old Swedish golfer Julia Engstrom who turned pro just this year after numerous amateur wins and accolades. For the past two years she has been the world’s highest ranked golfer born in the 21st Century. Engstrom competed in the British Open, missing the cut by just two strokes. She is also currently ranked rookie of the year on the Ladies European Tour and recently won the Ladies European Access Tour in Finland.
Last year’s winner, Celine Boutier of France, finished the tournament with an 11 under 273 total.
Tickets and GreatLIFE Cares Foundation
Tickets for this year’s event cost $5 a day / $15 for 4-days for GreatLIFE Members. Non GreatLIFE Members tickets cost $10 a day / $30 for all 4-days.
GreatLIFE Cares Foundation will be donating $10,000 to the following charities at the winner ceremony on Sunday: Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, Clipper Jim Invitational – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. In the past four years, GreatLIFE Cares has donated over $190,000 to charities.
About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 38th competitive season in 2018. With the support of its umbrella partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3M in prize money awarded over the course of 22 tournaments. With more than 600 alumni moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 427 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.
At GreatLIFE, our mission is to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. GreatLIFE has 23 golf locations, 16 fitness facilities, 3 bowling alleys and 4 additional partners in health. With unlimited access for members, the company is committed to offering the best in value, convenience and hospitality throughout the region. In addition, the GreatLIFE Cares Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families and charitable organizations.
Our GreatLIFE facilities are GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club, GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center GreatLIFE EmBe Fitness & Aquatics Downtown, GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 39th & Phillips, 26th & Marion, 41st & Sertoma, 26th & Village Square, E. 10th & Mable, 69th & Minnesota, Career Crossing, Hartford, Dell Rapids, Willow Run, Bakker Crossing, Central Valley, Rocky Run and Worthington Golf & Fitness Club, GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes. GreatLIFE affiliates include Wild Oak, Hidden Valley, Luverne Country Club, Par Mar Valley, Parkston Country Club, McCook Country Club, The Bluffs, Fox Run, River Ridge, The Bridges at Beresford, Rock River, EdgeBrook, Madison Country Club, Sunrise Ridge, River’s Bend, Adrian Country Club, Fulda Town & Country Golf Course, Slayton, Empire Bowl and Sport Bowl. GreatLIFE Partners in Health are Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute, and DAKOTACARE, Wayne and Mary’s Nutrition Center. Learn more at www.joingreatlife.com.