The LPGA Tour is heading to Taiwan this week for the third stop on its Asian swing at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. The Sunrise Golf & Country Club will play host to the 78 player field that includes 32 current and former Symetra Tour members competing for a $2 million purse and a $300,000 first-place prize.
Headlining the list of Symetra Tour alums in this week’s field is Katie Futcher who fired rounds of 70-70-71-69 at last year’s inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship to finish sixth. This year, Futcher has posted five top-20 finishes including a T8 finishes at the RICOH Women’s British Open and ISPS Handa Australian Open.
The Penn State University graduate competed on the Symetra Tour in 2005 where she recorded two top-10 finishes, including a season-best T9 at the YWCA FUTURES Classic.
Also set to compete this week are rookies Mo Martin and Sydnee Michaels, who both made their way onto this year’s LPGA Tour by finishing in the top-5 on last year’s Volvik Race for the Card. Martin’s best finish this year is T14 at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G while Michaels best finish is seventh at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola.
Symetra Tour alum Inbee Park will also tee it up this week after breaking her streak of six-consecutive top-three finishes last week with a tie for 15th in Korea. Arguably the hottest player in the game right now, Park has two victories and eight total top-five finishes this year. She leads the LPGA Official Money List with $1,979,926 and trails Stacy Lewis – who is not playing this week – by 40 points in the race for Rolex Player of the Year. A victory is worth 30 points and Park has an opportunity to close the gap this week with a good finish.
Park also has the opportunity to improve her standing in the Vare Trophy race for lowest scoring average with leader Jiyai Shin and Lewis both sidelined.
Tournament coverage in the United States will air from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday through Sunday.