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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 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. LPGA player achievements include:
|* More than 500 Symetra Tour alumnae have earned LPGA membership.|
|* Through 2012, Symetra Tour alums own a total of 365 LPGA victories and 39 major championships.|
|* Tour alums won 10 LPGA tournaments in 2012, including one major.|
|* 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 RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup.|
|* 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.|
The Symetra Tour is the most established women’s developmental tour in the world, entering 33 years of structured competition in 2013.
* In November 2011, the Tour signed a multi-year agreement with national title sponsor Symetra, and will operate as the Symetra Tour.
* Tour’s 2013 schedule includes 15 tournaments in nine states.
* Tournament purse for 2013 is nearly $1.8 million.
* The 2012 average winning score on the Symetra Tour was 69.396, compared to the Tour's 2011 average of 68.70 and the 2012 LPGA Tour average of 68.313. More>>
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 >>