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Rinker to defend title at Chico's Patty Berg Memorial in April

March 21, 2016


A field that includes seven members of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame will pair with the Symetra Tour for the third annual Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial. Set for the week of April 11-17 at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla., the tournament will once again bring together the legends of women’s golf to compete alongside the game’s future stars.

The field features Hall of Famers Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy. In addition, Legends Tour member Laurie Rinker of Stuart, Fla., will return to defend her title in the unique tournament format pairing LPGA veterans and LPGA hopefuls.

“I really enjoyed getting to know the Symetra Tour players and watching them play,” said Rinker. “I saw so much talent and it was a lot of fun playing alongside them in our respective competitions.”

This year’s third annual event with mark the second year the two tours have combined simultaneous events. Players from the Legends Tour and Symetra Tour will compete for separate purses.

The Symetra Tour’s 72-hole event will begin play on Thursday, April 14 and run through Sunday, April 17, with a 36-hole cut to the low 70 scores and ties.

The Legends Tour 36-hole tournament will begin on Saturday, April 16 and conclude simultaneously with the Symetra Tour event on Sunday, April 17. One Legends Tour player will be added to each pairing on the weekend alongside two Symetra Tour members.

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 will be $200,000, with the winner earning $30,000. The Legends Tour field of 30 players age 45 and over will compete for a $150,000 purse, with the winner earning $30,000.

“Winning is winning at any level and it is always great,” added Rinker. “After retiring from the LPGA, I wasn't sure if I would get a chance to compete again, but The Legends Tour has given me that opportunity.”


Here is the Legends Tour field for the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial:

Alcott, Amy
Alfredsson, Helen
Andrews, Donna
Bradley, Pat
Carner, JoAnne
Doolan, Wendy
Geddes, Jane
Graham, Gail
Grimes, Lisa
Haynie, Sandra
Hurst, Pat
Johnson, Christa
Jones, Rosie
Kane, Lorie
Lopez, Nancy
Lovander, Marilyn
McGann, Michelle
Moxness, Barb
Mucha, Barb
Myers, Terry Jo
Neumann, Liselotte
Rinker, Laurie
Scranton, Nancy
Sheehan, Patty
Skinner, Val
Stacy, Hollis
Tschetter, Kris
Turner, Sherri
For more information, visit www.chicospattybergmemorial.com or contact Matt Hoover at mhoover@wmgllc.com


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.  

About Chico’s
The Chico’s brand offers women a combination of fabulous style, one-of-a-kind details and amazing personal service. Chico’s currently operates 617 boutiques and 122 outlets throughout the U.S., publishes a monthly catalog and offers round-the-clock shopping at www.chicos.com.

Legends Tour Media Contact: Sue Fracker, sfracker@jbcgolf.com. 

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