DePaulo excited to compete in honor of mom who lost courageous bout with Colon Cancer.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 8, 2016 - The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, in conjunction with the Legends Tour announced today the final two sponsor exemptions for the 2016 Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial. Lisa DePaulo (Austin, Texas) has been added to the Legends Tour field while Alexandria Jacobsen (Palm City, Florida) will compete in the Symetra Tour event.
First-round play begins on Thursday, April 14 for the Symetra Tour and runs through Sunday, April 17. The Legends Tour will play a 36-hole tournament starting on Saturday, April 16. The two Tours will compete for separate purses, but play and finish together over the weekend.
DePaulo, a two-time winner on the FUTURES Tour (now Symetra Tour) and current Legends Tour player, is back competing after taking 2013 and 2014 off to attend to her mother, who was battling Stage IV Colon Cancer. After a courageous battle, her mom passed away in October 2014 at the age of 75.
“My mom’s favorite place to shop was Chico’s and she would generally go after her chemotherapy to get her ‘Retail Therapy’,” explained DePaulo, who played at Texas in the late 80’s. “She would be in the changing rooms hooked to her 46-hour chemo cocktail and trying on clothes and was waited on like a Queen. I am so grateful for this exemption and I plan on making Chico’s and my mom smile and spread the word about getting your Colonoscopy on time. Don’t wait, it could mean your life!”
DePaulo made 53 career starts on the LPGA Tour.
Jacobsen, a three-time Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year while at Stetson, has played on the Symetra Tour for the last five years.
“I am so excited to be given the opportunity to play this event,” said Jacobsen, who played in 11 events in 2015. “It’s one of our biggest purses of the year and it’s awesome to have a chance to play with the Legends Tour. I grew up watching and idolizing them and now to have a chance to play side-by-side is very cool. These women brought the game of golf to where it is today and I am grateful to be part of this event.”
Jacobsen is a two-time winner of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Golf Championship. She finished T23 at the IOA Championship to start the 2016 season.
The Symetra Tour field is comprised of 156 aspiring LPGA stars while the Legends Tour field features 30 former LPGA Tour players including seven Hall-of-Famers. In addition to $30,000, the winner’s 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 2-time LPGA Tour winner, Laurie Rinker edged Rosie Jones and Barb Mucha on the Legends Tour side. In 2014, Min Seo Kwak won the inaugural event and currently ranks No. 48 on the LPGA official money.
All proceeds from the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
For more information, visit www.chicospattybergmemorial.com or contact Matt Hoover at email@example.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 prepare 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.
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.
About Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami, is currently located within HealthPark Medical Center. Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is currently engaged in a major capital campaign to raise $100 million for the construction of a new 128-bed tower to co-locate all children’s services into one comprehensive facility. The new children’s hospital will expand pediatric capabilities and address the community’s growing need for pediatric services with the ultimate goal of keeping children’s care as close to home as possible. For more info, visit ChildrensHospitalGoal.org.