The 19th stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Willow Run Golf Course in the Mount Rushmore State for the fifth annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge from August 29-September 1. It is the first tournament in the Million Dollar March, the stretch of five events to end the season with a cumulative purse of $1 million.
“Concluding the year with a final run that includes one-fourth the total prize money for 2019 creates a buzz to set the stage for the next Symetra Tour graduating class,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “The opportunity for players to make drastic moves in the Volvik Race for the Card is before them and one can expect a wild sprint to the finish. It all ends with the top-10 on the money list at the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship earning LPGA membership for 2020.”
Greeting the 144-player field in Sioux Falls is a total purse of $225,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 72-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner’s share for the event is $33,750.
“Continuing to enhance the purse keeps Sioux Falls as a top destination for Symetra Tour professionals and can provide even more of a major feel,” said Tom Walsh, the CEO of GreatLIFE. “Our mission at GreatLIFE is to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. We are proud of our partnership with the Symetra Tour and having LPGA stars of tomorrow help spread this message.”
Defending champion Linnea Ström (Hovas, Sweden) is not among the competitors, as she was a 2018 Symetra Tour graduate. The victory in South Dakota’s largest city helped the alumna of Arizona State University finish at No. 5 in the Volvik Race for the Card.
“To capture my first professional win as a rookie at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge was a moment I will never forget,” Ström said. “My experience on the Symetra Tour culminated in the victory and led to being part of the graduating class. I can’t be more thankful to the Sioux Falls community and GreatLIFE for the opportunity they provided me and all my fellow competitors. It is because of their devotion and impact in women’s professional golf that I am now able to live out my dream of playing on the LPGA.”
Action gets underway at 7:30 a.m. CT all four days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees in each round.
ABOUT SYMETRA TOUR
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its entitlement 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 $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0 million in prize money awarded over the course of 24 events. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 437 LPGA titles.
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions and independent agents and advisors. Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Symetra Classic. It secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Tour, which runs through 2021, Symetra sponsors two events on the tournament schedule—the Symetra Classic and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship.
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