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MISSION

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. The Tour has experienced tremendous growth over the last three years. The 2016 season marks the first time that a player will earn over $100,000 (Madelene Sagstrom). It’s also the first time that at least 12 players have earned over $60,000.

LPGA ALIGNMENT

The Symetra Tour is known as "the Road to the LPGA" and since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA’s official developmental tour. The LPGA acquired the Symetra Tour in July 2007. A total of 117 women have graduated from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA since 1999.
  • More than 600 Symetra Tour alumnae have earned LPGA membership. 
  • Through 2015, Symetra Tour alums own a total of 418 LPGA victories and 39 major championships. 
  • Tour alums won 10 LPGA tournaments in 2012, including one major. 
  • In 2016, 9 of the top 25 and 55 of the top 100 on the LPGA money list have ties to the Symetra Tour.
  • In 2016, 9 of the top 25 and 55 of the top 100 on the LPGA money list have ties to the Symetra Tour.
  • Tour graduate Inbee Park (2006) won the 2016 Olympic gold medal in the return of golf to the Olympics in Rio.
  • Tour graduate Gerina Piller (2010) was the 2015 Solheim Cup hero for the United States and has 30 career top 10 finishes.
  • Tour graduate Mo Martin (2011) won the 2014 RICOH Women’s British Open and has eight career top 10 finishes on the LPGA.
  • Rising Canadian star Brooke Henderson won the 2015 Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour.
  • Tour alum Karrie Webb is a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame and was a two-time LPGA Tour winner in 2011, at the HSBC Women’s Champions and the inaugural LPGA Founders Cup. 
  • In 2016, at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, 96 of the 156 women in the field had ties to the Symetra Tour
  • Stacy Lewis, a Symetra Tour alum, followed up her first career major win at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and U.S. Solheim Cup Team selection with 4 wins and 16 top-10 finishes in 2012 en route to earning Player of the Year. 
  • Six of the 12 members of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team were alumnae of the Symetra Tour (Ryann O’Toole, Vicky Hurst, Christie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Angela Stanford, Christina Kim) as well as team captain, Rosie Jones. Former Symetra Tour member Laura Davies was selected to Europe’s squad which was captained by fellow alum Alison Nichols. 
  • A total of 19 Symetra Tour players from the 2012 season earned LPGA Tour membership for the first time in their professional careers. 

TOUR FACTS

The Symetra Tour is the most established women’s developmental tour in the world, entering 36th years of structured competition in 2016.

  • In November 2011, the Tour signed a multi-year agreement with national title sponsor Symetra, and will operate as the Symetra Tour.
  • In October of 2015, the Symetra Tour announced that Symetra has extended its title sponsorship of the Tour through the 2012 season and announced a purse subsidy program.
  • Tour’s 2016 schedule includes 23 tournaments in 14 states.
  • Tournament purse for 2016 is nearly $3.5 million, up from 1.6 million in 2013. There are five $200,000+ tournament purses in 2016 compared to zero in 2013.
  • The 2015 average winning score on the Symetra Tour was 68.538. 

MEET THE COMMISSIONER

Michael Whan is the eighth commissioner of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), one of the longest-running and most successful women's sports organizations in the world. Whan assumed the leadership role at the LPGA on Jan. 4, 2010 with an eye toward enhancing business relationships, increasing exposure for the players and maximizing the LPGA experience for fans.

Whan, 46 (DOB: Feb. 10, 1965), started his business career at the Procter & Gamble Company in 1987, rising within the ranks as a Brand Assistant, Brand Manager and eventually Director of Marketing, Oral Care, before pursuing his passion for sports. In 1994-95, he served as a Vice President and General Manager at the Wilson Sporting Goods Company responsible for all aspects of the golf ball and glove business. He also managed the marketing department, two manufacturing facilities and the Research & Development division. More >>

MEET THE CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

Mike Nichols was named Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour - Road to the LPGA, effective July 2. Nichols oversees the development of the Symetra Tour's strategic plan, budget, sales, marketing, owned events, corporate sponsorships and tournament partner relationships, while also identifying new tournament opportunities. More >>

 

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