COUGHLIN HOPING TO DEFEND PHC CLASSIC CROWN
It was one of only two Symetra Tour starts for Lauren Coughlin (Charlottesville, Virginia) in 2018, but the PHC Classic was undeniably memorable as the University of Virginia alumna captured her maiden win as a professional.
Although she held LPGA Tour membership last year, Coughlin returned to compete in the event which served as the official United States qualifier for The Evian Championship. She not only qualified for the major, but fired a 54-hole tournament scoring record 16-under par in the process. Now, the two-time All-ACC selection and 2016 ACC Player of the Year for the Cavaliers is back to defend her title.
“I am extremely excited to be back playing in Milwaukee this week at Brown Deer Park,” said Coughlin, who heads off No. 10 tee tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. CT. “I’m looking forward to playing a great golf course and will enjoy every minute of being the defending champion. I really like the venue, especially the greens. This week will be a good opportunity for me to move up in the Volvik Race for the Card as well.”
THIRD LEG OF POTAWATOMI CUP TAKES CENTER STAGE
In its sixth consecutive year of competition, the Potawatomi Cup series rolls on with the fifth annual PHC Classic from August 9-11 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Glendale, Wis., the third of four Symetra Tour events sponsored by Potawatomi nation tribes.
Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) currently leads the way with 572.5 points after winning the Four Winds Invitational and going tied for eighth in the Island Resort Championship. Meanwhile, Daniela Iacobelli (Melbourne, Florida) and Jillian Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio) check in at 500 and 408.75 points to round out the top-three.
“I’m just happy to lead the Potawatomi Cup, but there is still two tournaments left,” said Delacour, who is also No. 1 in the Volvik Race for the Card. “I will continue what I have been doing all season and then hopefully the results show in the end. It is nice the Potawatomi nation tribes have this series for us and provide a fun, incentivized challenge to all.”
As well as the normal purse payout for each event, points and a total of $40,000 in bonus money is available to players based on performance including $6,000 to the winner of the Potawatomi Cup. First through fifth place in each of the four tournaments receive an added incentive on top of their share. The winner will take home an additional $3,000 and second place collects $2,500. Furthermore, third place earns $1,500, with amounts from there for the final two spots decreasing in increments of $500.
Past champions of the Potawatomi Cup include (Seoul, Republic of Korea), (Levittown, N.Y.), (La Hulpe, Belgium), (Bangkok, Thailand) and (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) from 2014-2018, respectively. Schechter and Kwak are part of the field this week, as they continue the quest of trying to become the first two-time Potawatomi Cup winner in Symetra Tour history.
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