Golf: Symetra Tour announces schedule

Sweetgrass site on June 21-23

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Symetra Tour has released the official 2019 “Road to the LPGA” schedule, featuring 24 tournaments — the most in a season since 1988 — and $4 million in purses, marking the first time in the 39-year history of the Tour that plateau has been surpassed.

More than 340 players from 45 different countries hold Symetra Tour membership in 2019.

A unique aspect to the Symetra Tour schedule is the Potawatomi Cup, which is back for a sixth straight year in 2019 and highlights the contributions of four member tribes from the Potawatomi Nation who host tournaments throughout the Midwest.

The events are split between June and August, with the eighth annual Four Winds Invitational opening the series from June 7-9 in South Bend, Ind. at Blackthorn Golf Club.

Then, Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris hosts the ninth annual Island Resort Championship from June 21-23. Potawatomi Cup action picks back up Aug. 9-11 with the PHC Classic in Glendale, Wis. at Brown Deer Park Golf Course.

Finally, the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship from Aug. 16-18 in Battle Creek at Battle Creek Country Club concludes competition.

Furthermore, 2019 will mark the first year the Island Resort Championship serves as the official United States qualifier for The Evian Championship.

Since the inception of this relationship in 2016 when the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship was the springboard, the qualifier annually sends the top-two finishers to the LPGA Tour’s prestigious major championship.

The Island Resort Championship takes the reins from the PHC Classic, which provided the exemptions over the last two seasons.

“There is great pride among our staff and the Harris community in making the Island Resort Championship one of the best and most welcoming stops on the Symetra Tour,” said Tony Mancilla, general manager for Island Resort & Casino. “It is great to see the dedication we have shown in making our event stand out has not gone unnoticed and this will take it to another level.”

Every year since 2008, the top 10 players on the Symetra Tour official season money list are awarded LPGA Tour membership. That will happen once again in 2019 as players will compete for a spot in the Volvik Race for the Card, hoping to join the 147 graduates before them that have made the leap to the big stage.