MAINEVILLE, Ohio — Both played at TPC River’s Bend, the inaugural Prasco Charity Championship from June 29-July 1 on the Symetra Tour calendar and Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships from April 20-22 have a lot more to share than the host course.
The 2018 Big Ten women’s golf individual champion will receive an exemption into the first-ever Prasco Charity Championship.
“We currently have greater than 102 institutions represented by Symetra Tour membership, including players from nine of the 14 Big Ten schools, so this seemed like a natural partnership,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer for the Symetra Tour. “We look forward to welcoming the 2018 Big Ten women’s golf individual champion back to TPC River’s Bend to compete in the very first Prasco Charity Championship.”
This will be the second consecutive year that TPC River’s Bend hosts the Big Ten Conference Championships for women’s golf.
“We are delighted to enhance our commitment to helping our students become successful in college and beyond by our partnership with TPC River’s Bend and the Symetra Tour,” said Wendy Fallen, the Associate Commissioner of Sports Administration for the Big Ten Conference. “These students are great representatives of our schools and we are thrilled to provide an additional opportunity to showcase their skills on a new stage.”
The Prasco Charity Championship will be the first LPGA Tour family event at any level to be contested on a PGA TOUR owned and operated course.
However, TPC River’s Bend is no stranger to welcoming professional golf to its grounds. It has been the site of several professional tournaments, including the PGA TOUR Champions Kroger Classic between 2002 and 2004, and the Chiquita Classic on the Web.com Tour from 2010 to 2012.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, TPC River’s Bend opened in 2001 as a Golf Digest “Top 10 Best New Private Courses in the U.S.” and has since been consistently recognized by the publication as one of Ohio’s “Best Courses in State.” Complementing the golf course is an expansive TOUR-caliber, 12-acre practice facility featuring multiple chipping and putting areas.