SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A total of 132 players will take on the challenge that Blackthorn Golf Club presents starting Friday with the first round of the Four Winds Invitational.
Three featured groups highlight the competition for the 5th event of the 2020 Symetra Tour season.
Fatima Fernandez Cano, Ruixin Liu, Paula Reto (No. 1 tee, 1:20 p.m.)
Fatima Fernandez Cano (Santiago, Spain) has three top-10 finishes in 2020, including her first win on the Tour at the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. She captured a T6 finish earlier this year at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic and solo fourth at the inaugural Founders Tribute. The Troy University graduate is in her third year on the Symetra Tour and has collected $29,532 in earnings this year.
In claiming her fourth victory on the “Road to the LPGA” at FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship last month, Ruixin Liu (Guangdong, People’s Republic of China) collected 500 points towards the Potawatomi Cup. Following made cuts at the LPGA Drive On Championship, the Marathon Classic presented by Dana and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, she returns to the Symetra Tour. Liu now ventures to Indiana as No. 1 on the money list with $31,261.
Purdue University alumna, Paula Reto (Bloemfontein, South Africa) returns to the Midwest for her first appearance at the Four Winds Invitational. Reto made a total of 112 starts on the LPGA Tour from her rookie year in 2014 through 2018, earning four top-10s and a career-best of solo third at the 2014 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Earlier this year she finished tied for sixth at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship taking home a check for $5,663.
Bailey Tardy, Janet Mao, Anna Redding (No. 10 tee, 12:58 p.m.)
Earlier this year, Bailey Tardy (Norcross, Georgia) collected her career-best finish of runner-up at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship. Additionally, she tied for ninth at the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. The University of Georgia graduate has climbed all the way to No. 4 in the Volvik Race for the Card with earnings of $19,839. In 2019, Tardy secured two top-10 finishes as a Symetra Tour rookie at the Forsyth Classic and Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez.
Janet Mao (Johns Creek, Georgia) competes this weekend only two hours away from her alma mater, Northwestern University, where she studied neuroscience. This year Mao has played the weekend in three of four weekends of her rookie year, with a season-best showing of tied for twenty-first at the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa.
Finally, Anna Redding (Concord, North Carolina) claimed results of tied for 34th, tied for 42nd, tied for 22nd and runner-up to begin her pro career. The University of Virginia alumna carded a career-best during the first round in Beaumont, Calif., with an 8-under par 64 contributing to a solo-second finish. Redding now joins the top-10 in the money list at No. 6 in the Volvik Race for the Card.
Gabby Lemiuex, Anna Appert Lund, Reece Feducia (No. 1 tee, 1:42 p.m.)
Earlier this year, Gabby Lemieux (Caldwell, Idaho) shared her #DriveOn story highlighting her Native American background and work with mentor Notah Begay III. The 2016 Big 12 Player of the Year for Texas Tech University guided the Red Raiders to two NCAA Championship appearances in her collegiate career. Lemieux also finished tied for 14th at the 2019 FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship.
Anna Appert Lund (Bromma, Sweden) was named Second Team All-Big Ten in 2018 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors both her junior and senior year with Purdue University. In 2015, Lund finished as the low-amateur at the LETAccess event, Norrporten Ladies Open. The Boilermarker’s career-best finish was in 2017 finishing tied for 49th at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout and is competing in the Four Winds Invitational for the first time.
The Indiana State University alumna, Reece Feducia (San Clemente, California) was named All-Missouri Valley Conference in 2001. While competing in her senior year for the Sycamores, Feducia tied the school record with a season and career low 68 in second round of Butler Fall Invitational. After carding 69-69-73 in Mesa, Ariz., she carded her career-best finish at tied for twenty-two.