French Lick Resort is excited to be one of the new stops on the Symetra Tour 2017 schedule. The Donald Ross Centennial Classic will be a three-day, 54-hole championship played July 7-9, 2017 on the century-old course bearing the same name.
The Symetra Tour is known as “the Road to the LPGA” and since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA’s developmental tour. The mission of the Symetra Tour 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 $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events since 1988. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles.
The Symetra Tour has become the most competitive qualifying tour in the world. In 2016, three players broke the previous earnings record and Madelene Sagstrom set a new standard with $167,064 earned. In addition, for the first time, a player that won multiple tournaments fell short of earning a Tour card. For perspective on the growth of the Tour, a total of 14 players earned over $60,000 in 2016 compared to zero in 2013.