ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The 15th stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Brook-Lea Country Club in the Empire State for the fifth annual Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic from July 18-21.
“Women’s professional golf has been a staple in the Rochester community for 43 straight years now and we are extremely proud that the Symetra Tour can keep the tradition running in this region,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “The tournament staff is devoted to growing this event and making it one for all to enjoy, providing a true LPGA Tour family atmosphere.”
Greeting the 144-player field in Rochester, N.Y. is a total purse of $175,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 72-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner’s share for the event is $26,250.
“We always look forward to welcoming the players and staff from the Symetra Tour, as they shine a bright light on the community and Brook-Lea Country Club,” said tournament chairman Mike Vadala. “It is hard to believe five years has passed since we lost our friend Danielle Downey. She would be so proud of all the good that we are doing for players on Tour, young female golfers from the area, all women in Rochester, and patients receiving treatment from the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation.”
Defending champion Eun Jeong Seong (Yongin, Republic of Korea) is among the competitors and the win was one of six top-25 finishes in her rookie campaign. So far this year, she owns a season-best tied for sixth performance at the Symetra Classic.
“It was a great feeling to earn my first professional victory at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic,” Seong said. “I will always remember the experience and am excited to return and try to defend the title. It will not be easy, but with the great support of the Rochester fans, I will give it my all to make a run.”
Action gets underway at 7:30 a.m. ET all four days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees in the first and second round. Meanwhile, all groups will head off No. 1 tee in twosomes for both the third and final rounds with a trophy presentation to follow on No. 18 green.