DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A total of 108 players will take on the challenge that the Jones Course at LPGA International presents starting Thursday with the first round of the 12th annual Symetra Tour Championship.
Three featured groups highlight the competition for the 23rd and final event of the 2019 Symetra Tour season.
Perrine Delacour, Patty Tavatanakit, Ssu-Chia Cheng (No. 1 tee, 12:53 p.m.)
Preparing for her second appearance in Volusia County, Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) is the current No. 1 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with $121,181 total season earnings. Thanks to 10 total top-10s in 19 starts she also leads the way for Player of the Year honors, which comes down to the wire and will be decided on Sunday. A 2013 Symetra Tour graduate, Delacour played five years on the LPGA.
Patty Tavatanakit (Bangkok, Thailand) adds to the firepower of this featured group, the lone three-time winner this season with victories at Donald Ross Classic, Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic and Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge. Across the 10 starts in her Symetra Tour rookie campaign, the alumna of UCLA has earned $116,340 and climbed to No. 2 in the Volvik Race for the Card with six total top-15 showings.
The current Volvik Race for the Card No. 3 Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei) has missed one cut in 21 events played this season with seven top-10 results and the first win of her professional career at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship. She was also a member of Team Chinese Taipei in the 2016 UL International Crown. Cheng owns nine top-10s in 42 career Symetra Tour starts since rookie year 2016.
Robynn Ree, Jenny Coleman, Esther Lee (No. 1 tee, 1:15 p.m.)
Coming off a 15th top-25 result in 18 events played, Robynn Ree (Redondo Beach, California) sits at No. 7 in the Volvik Race for the Card. A two-time Symetra Tour winner in 2019 at The CDPHP Open and PHC Classic, Ree has yet to miss a cut. Last year as a LPGA Tour rookie, she competed in 21 tournaments and played the weekend 10 times with a season-best tied for ninth showing at the Cambia Portland Classic.
There’s no doubt that Jenny Coleman (Rolling Hills Estates, California) has compiled quite an impressive resume in her fourth year as a pro. The University of Colorado graduate secured a 10th top-20 by going tied for 18th in Longwood to climb into the No. 8 slot in the Volvik Race for the Card. Furthermore, she has finished 33 tournaments under par during her “Road to the LPGA” career and collected 15 top-10s.
Esther Lee (Los Alamitos, California) joins her fellow University of Colorado alumna, fresh off missing the weekend for just the third time in 20 starts. A three-time medalist for the Buffaloes, Lee was also a two-time CU Female Co-Athlete of the Year selection. Since making her Symetra Tour debut at 2018 Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, she has 22 top-25 finishes in 34 total starts including 13 top-10 performances.
Patricia Sanz Barrio, Min Seo Kwak, Kyung Kim (No. 10 tee, 8:33 a.m.)
Making her first start since going tied for 20th in the Guardian Championship, Auburn University alumna Patricia Sanz Barrio (Madrid, Spain) preps for a second showing in the Symetra Tour Championship. The 2012 All-SEC First Team performer also captured the SEC Championship individual title the same year for the Tigers. Sanz Barrio secured a season-best of tied for 16th at The CDPHP Open in Albany in late July.
Min Seo Kwak (Seoul, Republic of Korea) returns to the Atlantic coast of Florida where she tied for 33rd in 2018. Just outside the Volvik Race for the Card top-10 at No. 11, Kwak has made the cut 18 times in 21 starts and not missed the weekend since the Island Resort Championship. She owns a season-best result of solo third at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout and 25 career top-10s, including nine in 2019.
Rounding out the final trio is Kyung Kim (Chandler, Arizona), having missed one cut in 20 tournaments. The University of Southern California graduate is No. 12 in the Volvik Race for the Card and $11,299 out of the top-10 thanks to 14 top-25 showings including eight top-10s. Kim’s season-best solo third came in March at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, also a career-best in her third year on the “Road to the LPGA.”