SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 5th stop on the 2020 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Blackthorn Golf Club in the Hoosier State for the ninth annual Four Winds Invitational from September 4-6.
“We are excited to host the Road to the LPGA for another year at Blackthorn Golf Club,” said Tim Firestone, the Owner and General Manager of Blackthorn Golf Club. “We know the players have been working hard in their extended off season and we cannot wait to see what they have in store for the Four Winds Invitational. They are exceptional players and never fail to impress.”
Greeting the 132-player field in South Bend, Ind. is a total purse of $150,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 54-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 $22,500.
In addition to the normal payout, this also marks the second of two events in this year’s Potawatomi Cup series. Adding to the normal purse for each event, players receive “Potawatomi Points” with $20,000 in bonus money to be distributed following the final round. The top five players in the standings receive a sum from the prize pool including $10,000 to the Potawatomi Cup winner and $5,000 to the runner-up.
“We are excited to Four Winds Casinos for hosting us for the ninth year,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “In addition to the outstanding hospitality from the staff and volunteers in South Bend, I am also anticipating the annual awarding of the Potowatomi Cup. In a year like this, this extra prize money is so important to our athletes, and we are grateful the Nottawaseppi Huron and Pokagon Bands of Potawatomi Indians for coming together to continue to provide this opportunity.”
Defending champion Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) is not among the competitors. Last season’s win at the Four Winds Invitational was the first of her Symetra Tour career. Following her victory Delacour continued to excel and also won the Prasco Charity Championship, which propelled her to finish at No. 1 in the final Volvik Race for the Card standings for 2019.
First and second round action gets underway at 7:45 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, the final round will start at 9:00 a.m. with play beginning from No. 1 and No. 10 tees all three days.