DECATUR, ILLINOIS – The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, begins the second half of the season with the 30th Anniversary Decatur-Forsyth Classic presented by Tate & Lyle and Decatur Park District, the longest running event in Symetra Tour history.
The three-day 54-hole stroke play event will begin on Friday, June 13 and run through Sunday, June 15 at Hickory Point Golf Course.
The Decatur-Forsyth Classic dates back to 1985. Winners of the event have gone onto win 34 LPGA Tour events and have finished in the top-10 in 259 LPGA Tour events. Tammie Green, who won the first two in1985 and 1986, won seven LPGA events including a win at the du Maurier Classic in 1989, an LPGA major at the time.
Lorena Ochoa, who won in Decatur in 2002, went onto win 27 LPGA Tour events including the 2007 Women’s British Open and the 2008 Kraft Nabico Championship.
The 144-player field will be competing for their share of the $100,000 purse with the winner taking home $15,000.
The winner will also have a chance to get inside the top-10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with ten events left. The top-10 on the money list at the end of the season will receive their LPGA Tour cards for the 2015 season.
This is the 11th event of 20 total events on the Symetra Tour, the most in 13 years. The Tour has increased the total purse to $2.25 million, the largest in Tour history.
The defending Decatur-Forsyth Classic champion, Sue Kim, is now playing full-time on the LPGA Tour after finishing sixth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list in 2013.