DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Symetra Tour released a revised 2020 schedule today, which includes two new tournaments and a five-week extension to the season with competition running into November. A total of 16 tournaments are featured on the revamped “Road to the LPGA” slate, compared to 20 on the original calendar.
“First and foremost, we are grateful to our tournament partners and venues for supporting our athletes as we work to preserve as many playing opportunities as possible,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “We’re also excited to welcome two new events to the Symetra Tour family at first-class golf courses we know will challenge our members once it is safe to return to competition.”
Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C. are set to host the two new tournaments on Aug. 27-29 and Oct. 28-31, respectively. It will be the first time a Symetra Tour event is contested at Pinehurst Resort and marks the penultimate stop of the season. Meanwhile, Longbow Golf Club previously hosted the Gateway Classic from 2013-2015 and in 2017. The 2015 event was particularly noteworthy as Hannah O’Sullivan became the youngest winner in Symetra Tour history (16 years, 9 months, 11 days) and remains the most recent amateur to capture a Symetra Tour title.
The most updated restart to the 2020 Symetra Tour season is July 8-10 in Maineville, Ohio for the Prasco Charity Championship, postponed two weeks from its initial dates. The Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, Mich., has also been postponed from its original June 19-21 slot with the hope of rescheduling to an early fall time frame.
Finally, the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship will now be played Nov. 3-6 in Davidson, N.C., at River Run Country Club. The finale was originally scheduled for Oct. 1-4 on the Jones Course of LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., a timeslot and location now held by the Symetra Classic. In total, six tournaments have been rescheduled for the 2020 season.