DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A total of 108 players will take on the challenge presented by LPGA International starting with Wednesday’s first round of the ninth annual Symetra Classic.
Three featured groups highlight the competition at the seventh event of the 2020 Symetra Tour season.
Amanda Doherty, Janie Jackson, Sierra Sims (No. 10, tee, 8:44 a.m.)
This trio is led by rookie Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.), as she comes off her career-best finish of a tie for fifth at the IOA Golf Classic presented by HomeValue.com. The Florida State University alumna was a two-time team captain who earned All-American Honorable Mention honors from Golfweek in 2018 and 2020. Doherty competed in the 2019 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, finishing tied for 21st.
Next is Janie Jackson (Huntsville, Ala.), an All-SEC Second Team as a senior in 2016 for the University of Alabama. Earlier this year, she won her first Symetra Tour event in the Sunshine State at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic by eight strokes. Jackson is currently No. 5 in the Volvik Race for the Card with $32,540.
Finally, Sierra Sims (Tampa, Fla.) was a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Second Team All-American at Wake Forest University in 2015. She played the weekend three times in six Symetra Tour starts this year, with a season-best finish of T18 at the Four Winds Invitational.
Laura Wearn, Bailey Tardy, Nanette Hill (No. 1 tee, 1:15 p.m.)
Through six starts on the Symetra Tour this season, Laura Wearn (Charlotte, N.C.) has made four cuts. She is coming off her third career win at last week’s IOA Golf Classic presented by HomeValue.com, earning the victory in a one-hole playoff.
Bailey Tardy (Norcross, Ga.) is the only player in the top five of the Volvik Race for the Card who has not won a tournament this year. In six starts, Tardy has claimed three top-five finishes, including a second-place finish at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship. The University of Georgia alumna was named the 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year.
Joining this group is Nanette Hill (Pelham Manor, N.Y.). As an amateur, Hill was a three-time winner of the New York State Junior Championship (2000-2002) and selected as an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American in 2005. During her collegiate career at Wake Forest University, Hill recorded 13 top-10 finishes and secured an individual title at the 2007 Landfall Tradition.
Katie Yoo, Meghan MacLaren, Karolina Vlckova (No. 10 tee, 12:31 p.m.)
Katie Yoo (Orlando, Fla.) is in her second season on the Road to the LPGA. Yoo finished a career-nest T9 at last week’s IOA Golf Classic presented by Homevalue.com. Last year, Yoo made 11 cuts out of 22 starts, with a season-best finish of T11 at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic. In 2017, she won the Women’s Orlando International Amateur at Orange County National Golf Center.
Meghan MacLaren (Rushden, England) is a Florida International University alumna. She has two wins on the LET, coming at the 2018 and 2019 Women’s New South Wales Open. Earlier this year, she competed in the Rose Ladies Series presented by American Golf, taking the win at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire, England. MacLaren is a noted writer and commentator on the game, penning a poem and letter used in this summer’s LET brand refresh campaign and recently writing an article on returning to competition for LPGA.com.
Completing the final group, Karolina Vlckova (Kladno, Czech Republic) is a University of Florida graduate. A two-time All-SEC Second Team performer for the Gators, Vlckova competed at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf National Championship in each of her four years.