Photo: Nancy Lopez enjoys a laugh during the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial press conference at Cypress Lake Country Club on Wednesday in Fort Myers. (Credit: Symetra Tour)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 10, 2016 - The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, in conjunction with the Legends Tour announced today that the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial will return to Cypress Lake Country Club the week of April 11-17. The third-year event will once again be a joint tournament with separate purses for Symetra Tour players and Legends Tour players.
The Symetra Tour event will begin play on Thursday, April 14 and run through Sunday, April 17. The Legends Tour portion will begin on Saturday, April 16 and conclude simultaneously with the Symetra Tour event.
“The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial has become a staple in Fort Myers over the last two years,” said tournament director Matt Hoover. “The first year with the past greats and the future greats was a success and I’m excited to see all the young stars and all-time greats walk down the same fairways at Cypress Lake.”
The Symetra Tour field will consist of the top 139 aspiring LPGA stars along with 12 of the top players from the Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association (TLPGA).
The tournament purse for the Symetra Tour portion has grown by $50,000 to $200,000. The winner on the Symetra Tour side will earn $30,000. The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial is now one of only four tournaments on the Symetra Tour schedule with a purse of at least $200,000.
“The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial has grown into an event our players circle on the schedule,” said Chief Business Officer Mike Nichols of the LPGA. “The addition of the Legends Tour elevated the event and we hope the relationship continues to foster mentorship for our players, a great stage for women’s golf and an opportunity to pay tribute to Patty Berg.”
The Legends Tour field of 30 players will draw from a dozen LPGA Hall of Famers and 120 former LPGA Tour stars now age 45 and over who compete on the official senior tour of the LPGA. The Legends Tour will play for a $150,000 purse and the winner will earn $30,000.
Last year, eight LPGA Hall of Famer members were in the field, including Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley and Betsy King.
“The inaugural combination of Symetra Tour and Legends Tour players last year was a tremendous success,” said Jane Blalock, 27-time LPGA Tour winner and Legends Tour President. “We are thrilled to be returning for a second year and commend Chico’s for their innovative vision in bringing the history and future of golf together in this unique event to honor the legacy of Patty Berg.”
The winners will also receive the Chico’s Winner’s Jacket, a black blazer with Chico’s signature leopard print lining. In 2015, Symetra Tour rookie Augusta James coasted to victory while two-time LPGA Tour winner Lau¬rie Rinker edged Rosie Jones and Barb Mucha on the Legends Tour side. Min Seo Kwak won the inaugural event in 2014, and currently ranks No. 24 on the LPGA official money list through two events.
Symetra Tour players and Legends Tour players will be paired in the same groups during weekend play. The top 50 plus ties from the Symetra Tour through 36-holes will make the cut and then be paired with the past LPGA greats on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit www.chicospattybergmemorial.com or contact Matt Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and enters its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to pre¬pare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events in 27 years (1988). With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 16th season, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.
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