First round of Symetra Tour teeing off at Four Winds Invitational

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The first round of the Symetra Tour, the official qualifying Tour for the LPGA, begins on Friday, June 9, at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend.

The sixth annual Four Winds Invitational concludes on Sunday, June 11.

The field of 144 players from the United States and 28 countries around the globe will compete for a $150,000 tournament purse and the winner will earn $22,500.

The ultimate goal for all the players in the field is to finish in the top 10 on the final Volvik Race for the Card money list to secure a coveted LPGA Tour card for the 2018 season.

The top 10 earners will receive their LPGA cards following the Symetra Tour Championship on October 8.

The Four Winds Invitational has produced an impressive list of winners since the inaugural event in 2012. Three of the five – Cydney Clanton (2013), Brooke Henderson (2015) and Jackie Stoelting (2016) – currently compete full-time on the LPGA.

Clanton has had a very strong year on the LPGA as she ranks 48th on the money list with over $110,000 earned in ten starts. Henderson has quickly become one of the risings stars on Tour. She has three wins and 18 top 10 finishes since her win in South Bend. Stoelting is having her best year on the LPGA to date. She has made the cut in four of her last five events and is inside the top 100 on the money list.

Five Fast Facts:

  • The Four Winds Invitational is the 9th tournament on the Symetra Tour schedule and offers a purse of $150,000 with a winner’s payout of $22,500.
  • There are 144 players in the field from the United States and 28 different countries around the globe.
  • There are two former Notre Dame golfers in the field – Becca Huffer (2008-2012) and Lindsey Weaver (2013).
  • Nine of the top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list are in the field including No. 1 Nanna Koerstz Madsen, who ranks No. 85 in the world according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
  • In the first five years of the Four Winds Invitational, $349,000 has been donated to Memorial Children’s Hospital.

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