The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, closes the first Midwest swing of the year with the fourth-annual Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club from June 27-29. This is the 13th of 20 total events on Tour, the most in the last 13 years. Symetra Tour players are competing for a total purse of $2.25 million this year, the largest in Tour history.
The three-day 54-hole stroke play event begins on Friday, June 27 and concludes on Sunday, June 29.
The 144-player field comprised of aspiring LPGA Tour players will compete for their share of the $125,000 total purse, tied for the fourth largest on Tour. The winner will receive $18,750 and take a significant step towards an LPGA Tour card for the 2015 season.
The top-10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list will earn full-time exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2015. With 12 of 20 events in the books and eight events remaining, the push to get inside the top-10 is heating up.
The defending Island Resort champion, Kim Kaufman, is now playing full-time on the LPGA Tour. Kaufman started the year on the Symetra Tour before making a splash at the North Texas LPGA Shootout by finishing in a tie for fourth to earn enough money to obtain full-time status on Tour.
She recently finished in a tie for 23rd at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
In 2012, Leah Wigger defeated Nicole Jeray and Victoria Elizabeth by three strokes to win the Island Resort Championship.
Stephanie Kim won the inaugural Island Resort Championship in 2011 by two shots over Jane Rah.