SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, transitions to the state of Indiana for the third annual Four Winds Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club from June 20-22.
The 144-player field will be competing for their share of the $150,000 total purse, the second largest purse on the Tour this year.
First-round play begins on Friday, June 20 and runs through Sunday, June 22.
The winner will receive $22,500 and take a significant step towards a top-10 finish on the Volvik Race for the Card money list, which guarantees full-time LPGA status in 2015.
Last year, Cydney Clanton outdueled Marissa Steen in an epic seven-hole playoff to hoist the trophy. Clanton went onto finish fifth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list and is now playing full-time on the LPGA Tour. Steen, who ranks second on the Volvik Race for the Card money list this year, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open and will therefore not be in the field this week.
Julia Boland won the inaugural Four Winds Invitational in 2012.
The Four Winds Invitational is the 12th event of 20 total events on the schedule, the most in 13 years. The Symetra Tour has grown from a 15-event Tour to a 20-event Tour in one year.
The total purse on Tour this year of $2.25 million is the largest in Tour history.
The Tour is in the midst of a four-week Midwest swing that started in Battle Creek, Michigan two weeks ago. Following the Four Winds Invitational, the swing wraps up at the Island Resort Championship in Harris, Michigan.