April 4, 2017
Symetra Tour Makes Northern California Return This Weekend
The Symetra Tour makes its official return to Northern California this weekend.
A three-week West Coast Swing culminates with the inaugural POC Med Golf Classic, to be held this Friday through Sunday at Windsor Golf Club. The 54-hole tournament features 144 of the top rising stars in the game of women’s golf from the United States and 28 countries around the globe.
Among those excited to see the tour return, which is a stepping stone to the LPGA, is 2010 NCGA Women’s Amateur champion Emily Childs.
“This event means a lot to me,” said Childs, who went onto play college golf at Cal. “Since I only live about an hour and a half away, a bunch of my family and friends are coming up to watch me play. “
Also getting a chance to play near home will be Alameda native Grace Na.
“I’ve never played the course, but I’m really excited that the Symetra Tour has an event in Northern California,” said Na, who was named the 2010 East Bay Golfer of the Year by the Oakland Tribune. “I’m happy to have my family out there with me and my brother will be able to be on my bag and so I’m just excited to feel comfortable and have fun.”
Joining Childs and Na in the field are 22 other players from California and another five hailing from Northern California: Sara Banke (Danville), Lisa Ferrero (Lodi), Lauren Kim (Los Altos), Jenni Jenq (Saratoga) and Kim Welch (Sacramento). There are also several in the field that played college golf in Northern California including two that helped win Stanford the 2015 National Championship— Mariah Stackhouse and Kim. Megan Osland (Kelwona, BC, Canada) played college golf at San Jose State.
The field is competing for a tournament purse of $100,000 and a winner’s payout of $15,000 to move up the Volvik Race for the Card money list. At the conclusion of the season (October 8), the top 10 on the final money list will earn LPGA Tour membership for the 2018 season.
Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. all three days of the tournament and a split tee format will be used. There will be a cut to the low 60 and ties following second round play on Saturday.
The last time the Symetra Tour was in Northern California was in 2001, when Beth Bauer won the California FUTURES Classic in Patterson at Diablo Grande.
Windsor GC, a former stop on the PGA’s Web.com Tour from 1990-1995, is a par-72 and will play at 6,385 yards.
Tickets to the POC Med Golf Classic are free all three days of the tournament and on-site parking is available.