Moving On & Moving Up – The Road to the LPGA

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With the completion of the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial & the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Classic, only five events remain until the Road to the LPGA leads the members of the 2014 Symetra Tour to the Sweetgrass Golf Club. In the latest update from the road, find out which members of the tour claimed victories in Florida & South Carolina and which player made an early departure from the tour to join the ranks of the LPGA.

Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial
Ft. Meyers, Florida

From the start of the 2014, inclement weather has resulted in the suspension of play in more than half of the events this season. So when second round play of the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial was suspended on Saturday due to rain and lightning it was truly “par for the course”.  Just prior to the suspension of play, Min Seo Kwak pulled off a 30 foot putt to birdie on the 18th hole placing her in the lead at 5-under-par. Min Seo Kwak entered the third day of play one stroke in front of Jean Reynolds. After a series of birdies on the back nine, Kwak finished 3-under-par 69 to snag the victory.

Noteables

The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial Tournament marked the Symetra’s last event in Florida until the Road to the LPGA brings the tour full circle for the Symetra Tour Championship in September.

Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic
Greenwood, South Carolina

The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic proved to be a milestone not only for tour but for one golfer in particular. For Kim Kaufman (winner of the 2013 Island Resort Championship), the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic would be the last event she would play as a member of the 2014 Symetra Tour. Having finished T4 at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, Kaufman moved up to 54th on the LPGA Tour money list and currently sits as 93rd on the priority list and will therefore finish the rest of the 2014 season with the LPGA.

For the tour, it was the $30,000 top prize that proved to be the milestone as it earmarked the largest winner’s payout in tour history. In the end, it was Wei-Ling Hsu who stuck it out to finish 8-under-par 280 clearing the remainder of the field by five strokes. Her first place victory not only netted her the record-setting payout but also moved her into the #4 spot on the official money list.

Noteables…

2014 marks the inaugural year for this event. In addition, the $200,000 purse that is attached to the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic is the largest in Symetra Tour history.  

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