And so it begins….
The race for the card is officially underway as the members 2015 Symetra Tour prepare to enter their third event of the season March 27th though the 29th in Lake Wales, Florida for the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.
If the first two events prove to be “par for the course”, the 2015 season promises to be the most exciting yet as the Gateway Classic & Volvik Championship have both produced some pretty spectacular headlines!
February 20 – February 22
Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club
Longbow Golf Club
Hannah O’Sullivan made sure that the first event of the 2015 season would be a hard act to follow as she claimed her victory at the Gateway Classic making her the youngest player in Symetra History (16 years & 9 months) to win a tournament. Additionally, O’Sullivan becomes the first amateur to win a Symetra Event since 1999 when Kellee Booth won the Pacific Bell Futures Classic.
Finishing behind O’Sullivan in second place with 11-under 205 was Haley Italia who earned first place money as O’Sullivan was ineligible due to her amateur status. With a $100,000 prize purse, Italia earned $15,000 moving her to into the top spot on the Volvik Race for the Card Official Money List.
February 27 – March 1
Volvik Championship at Tukwet Canyon
Tukwet Canton Golf Club at Morongo
Following two playoff holes, it was New Mexico native Katie Kempter who claimed her victory at the 2015 Volvik Championship. At 2-under on the 15th hole, Kempter birdied the final three holes placing her dead even with Lee Lopez. Both players made par on the first playoff hole forcing a second playoff. Kempter pared the second playoff hole but Lopez’s shot lipped out on a short par putt costing her the victory. The Volvik Championship marks Kempter’s first professional victory during her four full years on the tour. Kempter’s first place victory earned her $15,000 and moved her to second place on the Volvik Race for the Card Official Money List with $15,291 after two events. Haley Italia currently rests in first place with $15,311 after two events.
With only $20 separating first and second place on the money list, the ‘Race for the Card” will surely heat up over the next few weeks. The next stop on the tour is the Lake Wales, Florida for the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic where the field will compete for the $125,000 purse.
For more information on the Symetra Tour, please visit www.symetratour.com
The Symetra Tour will arrive at the Sweetgrass Golf Club the week of June 22nd for the 5th Annual Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass. For more information about the Island Resort Championship, please visit www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com