MILTON, Ga. — The sixth stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Atlanta National Golf Club in the Peach State for the second annual IOA Invitational from May 9-11.
“This is the second of three events on the calendar with Insurance Office of America as the title sponsor and their incomparable support is a big contributor to the steady growth of this Tour,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “We look forward to showcasing the next wave of LPGA Tour superstars in central Georgia on a course that offers a true test of skill.”
Greeting the 144-player field in Milton, Ga. is a total purse of $150,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 54-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes.
“Our team really looks forward to this stop, especially highlighting our brand with the game of golf in Atlanta and its surrounding community,” said Insurance Office of America (IOA) Chairman and CEO Heath Ritenour. “We are proud to share in the growth of the Symetra Tour and excited to bring the IOA platform to this region, sharing our values and goals along the way.”
Defending champion Elizabeth Szokol (Winnetka, Illinois) is not among the competitors, as she was a 2018 Symetra Tour graduate. The victory just outside Georgia’s capital helped the University of Virginia alumna finish at No. 4 in the Volvik Race for the Card.
“It was such a great feeling to get my first win on the Symetra Tour at the IOA Invitational, and that win played a big role in helping earn my 2019 LPGA Tour card,” Szokol said. “It is so great to see Insurance Office of America’s continued support of women’s golf on the Symetra Tour and LPGA. Thanks to IOA’s events on the Symetra Tour, I am able to live out my dream of playing on the LPGA.”
First and second round action gets underway at 7:30 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, the final round will start at 8:30 a.m. with play beginning from No. 1 and No. 10 tees all three days.