The Symetra Tour tees it up for the final event of the 2018 season; three featured groups highlight the 108-player field that will compete in the Symetra Tour Championship for a $225,000 purse from October 4-7 at LPGA International, Jones Course.
Cheyenne Knight, Pajaree Anannarukarn, Elin Arvidsson
8:44 a.m. – 1st Tee
Cheyenne Knight made her professional golf debut at the Four Winds Invitational and has only one missed cut in her fourteen starts, with a season-best T7 at the Guardian Championship. Knight is grouped with Pajaree Anannarukarn and Elin Arvidsson during the opening rounds of the Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International, Jones Course.
Anannarukarn has four top-10s on the season with her best result a runner-up finish at the IOA Invitational in early May. The rookie from Thailand currently sits No. 16 in the Volvik Race for the Card standings, and with another solid finish, she could find herself in the top 10 and on her way to the LPGA Tour in 2019.
This week, Arvidsson makes her second start in Daytona Beach where she looks to improve on her T40 finish just last year.
Clariss Guce, Prima Thammaraks, Eun Jeong Seong
8:55 a.m. – 10th Tee
Clariss Guce is playing alongside Prima Thammaraks and Eun Jeong Seong during the first two rounds of the Symetra Tour Championship. Guce has yet to win in 2018 but has amassed nine top 19 finishes in nineteen starts which has her sitting at No. 19 in the Volvik Race for the Cards standings. She is making her third start this week in Daytona Beach and looks to improve on her T26 finish of a year ago.
Thammaraks has had an up-and-down season on the Symetra Tour but is coming in this week with a mathematical chance at finishing inside the top 10 on the money list. The Thai native hopes to continue the upward momentum and step into the winner’s circle for the first time in her career; she is making her first start in Daytona Beach.
Don’t count Seong out this week, already a winner in 2018 and current No. 14 in the Volvik Race for the Card standings. A win this week would guarantee the rookie a spot in the top 10 and an LPGA Tour card for the 2019 season.
Sarah Schmelzel, Demi Runas, Stephanie Kono
12:53 p.m. – 1st Tee
This week Sarah Schmelzel plays with a bit more confidence after coming off back-to-back top 10 finishes of a tie for fifth at the IOA Golf Classic and a fourth-place result at the Guardian Championship Watch for Schmelzel to make the final push to earn her LPGA Tour card for the 2019 season. She is grouped with Demi Runas and Stephanie Kono in the opening rounds.
Runas has four top 17 finishes in twenty starts which has her sitting at No. 37 in the Volvik Race for the Card standings. She will be making her second start in Daytona Beach and looks to better her T2 result in 2014.
Kono looks to earn her second Symetra Tour win as she makes her fourth start in the Daytona Beach. She currently sits No. 13 in the Volvik Race for the Card standings, and with another strong finish, she could move inside the top 10 and earn a trip to the LPGA.