Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. — A total of 84 players will take on the challenge that Mission Inn Resort and Club presents starting Thursday with round one of the inaugural Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship presented by Insurance Office of America (IOA).
Three featured groups highlight the competition for the eighth event of the 2020 Symetra Tour season.
Matilda Castren, Rachel Kuehn, Natalie Srinivasan (No. 1 tee, 8:22 a.m.)
Arriving in Lake County following a tied for 23rd last week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Matilda Castren (Helsinki, Finland) looks to make a strong return to the Symetra Tour. The Florida State University alumna and member of the Finland National Team is competing in her third “Road to the LPGA” tournament this year.
Competing as an amateur, Rachel Kuehn (Asheville, North Carolina) will compete in her first ever professional golf tournament. The Wake Forest University women’s golf team member is in her second season with the Deacons. Her freshman season was cut short due to COVID-19, yet she still claimed her first collegiate win at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
Natalie Srinivasan (Spartanburg, South Carolina) was awarded earlier this year with the 2020 ANNIKA Award and claimed the the 2020 PING WGCA National Player of the Year. Furman University alumna, Srinivasan finished tied for 12th this year at the Four Winds Invitational.
Sierra Brooks, Peiyun Chien, Daniela Iacobelli (No. 1 tee, 8:44 a.m.)
Sierra Brooks (Orlando, Florida) returns to Mission Resort and Club looking back at winning the State Championship her junior year of high school. In her rookie season this year she’s made four cuts in five starts and claimed three top-15 finishes. Coming off her season-best tied for ten at the Symetra Classic, the Florida University Gator looks to continue the momentum in her home-state.
Two-time Symetra Tour champion, Peiyun Chien (Pingtung, Chinese Taipei) joins the group. Following a win earlier this year on the Taiwan LPGA, she claimed her second title “Road to the LPGA” in Daytona Beach at the Symetra Classic.
To complete the second group Florida native, Daniela Iacobelli (Melbourne, Florida) looks to compete in her fourth event this season. Iacobelli started the season with a second-place finish at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. The Florida Institute of Technology alumna is looking to claim her fourth career-win on the Symetra Tour.
Lucy Li, Roberta Liti, Casey Danielson (No. 1 tee, 9:06 a.m.)
Currently No. 6 in the Volvik Race for the Card, Lucy Li (Redwood Shores, California) looks to keep her momentum rolling. The rookie was the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014 when she was just 11 years old. This season Li has not missed a cut in six starts and has three top-5 finishes including second place at the Symetra Classic.
Coming off a career-best finish of tied for fifth at the Symetra Classic, Roberta Liti (Siena, Italy) enters the eighth event of the 2020 season. She competed at Arizona State University where she was a two-time Pac-12 First Team All-Academic. In her rookie season last year, 2019, she made 6cuts in 19 starts.
Earlier this year, Casey Danielson (Osceola, Wisconsin) is in her third year competing on the Symetra Tour. As a member of the Stanford University Golf Team, Danielson was named a member of the 2017 All-Pac 12 First Team and helped her team to the 2015 NCAA Championship team title. This year she has three top-5 finishes including tied for second at the inaugural Founders Tribute at Longbow Golf Club.