Mystic Creek, home of the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, may be the most LPGA-like golf course on the Symetra Tour or maybe just the most challenging. If you look at the scores from the inaugural event in 2015, 3-under won it and only two players were under-par for the three days (Jackie Stoelting and Ally McDonald). It’s a very demanding golf course.
Of the players that finished in the top 10, there were five 2015 Symetra Tour graduates (Stoelting, Daniela Iacobelli, Casey Grice, Rachel Rohanna and Lee Lopez). Non-graduates, but current LPGA members Brittany Altomare, Samantha Richdale and Heather Bowie Young also finished in the top 10 in El Dorado last year.
The crème certainly seems to rise to the top when we hit Mystic Creek.
Remember last year, Stoelting played the full year on the LPGA and then came down to the Symetra Tour at the end of the year and won at Mystic Creek. She commented, maybe indirectly, after the win that playing on the LPGA all year helped her on a track like Mystic Creek.
“It’s a tough golf course,” Stoelting explained. “It’s all about placement. You’ve got to be able to hit good approach shots and then you have to make putts and fortunately I came out on top this week which is everything that I could ask for.”
There are several players in the preliminary field that played a full or partial season on the LPGA Tour including Brianna Do, Alejandra Llaneza, Hannah Collier, Briana Mao, Stephanie Kono and Anne-Catherine Tanguay to name a few. Maybe one of them will shine at Mystic Creek.
The course will play 6452 yards next week.
With the Volvik Race for the Card money list so tight, Mystic Creek provides the perfect test. No. 10 Clariss Guce is just $1,448 in front of No. 11 Laura Gonzalez Escallon. Take it a step further and No. 7 Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong is just $3,928 clear of No. 12 Nelly Korda.