JANESVILLE, Wis. — Today the Symetra Tour announced the first tournament addition on the road to the LPGA Tour in 2019 with the Janesville Golf Classic, to be contested from Aug. 2-4 in Janesville, Wis., at the historic Janesville Country Club.
“The Janesville Country Club is honored to welcome the talented LPGA Symetra and Legends Tour players to our phenomenal club and community,” said Janesville Country Club General Manager Derek Intinarelli. “The membership is excited about the inaugural event in 2019, and beyond. The relationship with the LPGA, Symetra and Legends Tour is extraordinary and we look forward to that continuing. Janesville Country Club is dedicated to hosting a tournament that is engaging, interactive, community oriented and makes a lasting impression.”
Janesville Country Club has the distinction of being the sixth country club established in the United States, the second in the Midwest and the first in the Badger State. Its unique and storied history dates back to 1901, when the venue served as the host site for the first Wisconsin State Championship.
Next year’s inaugural Janesville Golf Classic will be the first professional golf event played at Janesville Country Club. It will feature a 144-player field competing in a 54-hole stroke play format for a purse of $150,000. After 36 holes, a cut will be made to the top 60 players and ties.
In addition, 30 LPGA Legends Tour members will join the field following the cut to compete for their own $150,000 purse over 18 holes.
“We are excited to add the Janesville Golf Classic to the 2019 Symetra Tour schedule and are thrilled to be able to allow our members to play alongside LPGA Legends Tour greats,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer for the Symetra Tour. “Janesville Country Club has such a rich golf history, it is a tremendous addition to our already robust Midwest tournament schedule.”
The event will mark the first time that Symetra Tour and LPGA Legends Tour players compete with each other since the 2016 Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial.
“The LPGA Legends Tour is thrilled to once again partner with the Symetra Tour, playing alongside the future stars of the LPGA,” said Gail Graham, President of the Legends Tour. “With the inaugural playing of the Senior LPGA Championship last year and the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Chicago last weekend, the spotlight on the Legends Tour and great players has never been brighter.”
Furthermore, corporate partners and individuals will have the opportunity to play with Symetra Tour professionals in a Pro-Am event on Thursday, Aug. 1, as well as Legends Tour members immediately after the tournament on Monday, Aug. 5. Anyone interested in corporate sponsorship opportunities or volunteering for the event is encouraged to contact Derek Intinarelli (email@example.com or 608.755.7777).
“Bringing this internationally renowned sports event to our community is a great opportunity to showcase not only Janesville Country Club, but all that Janesville has to offer,” said Christine Rebout, the Executive Director for the Janesville Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “Known as Wisconsin’s Great Outside, we have plenty of recreation, attractions, shopping and dining to explore. We are looking forward to providing an exceptional experience for the players, their families and the spectators during the week-long tournament festivities.”
ABOUT SYMETRA TOUR
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 38th competitive season in 2018. 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 $3M in prize money awarded over the course of 22 tournaments. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 427 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions and independent agents and advisors.
Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Symetra Classic. It secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Tour, which runs through 2021, Symetra sponsors two events on the tournament schedule—the Symetra Classic and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship. For more information about Symetra, visit www.symetra.com.
ABOUT THE LEGENDS TOUR
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, the Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states, and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on the Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.
ABOUT JANESVILLE COUNTRY CLUB
The Janesville Country Club has the distinction of being the sixth country club established in the United States, the second in the Midwest and the first in Wisconsin. The club was founded in 1894 by Alexander Galbraith. He brought fifteen golf sticks, several dozen balls and a sketchy knowledge of their use with him from Scotland. The mission of Janesville Country Club is to enhance the life of its members. With over 120 years of tradition and experience, Janesville Country Club offers championship golf, a full-service outdoor pool, and outstanding dining and banquet facilities.
ABOUT JANESVILLE AREA CONVENTION & VISITOR’S BUREAU
The Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (JACVB) is a private non-profit Destination Marketing Organization who mission is to lead, support and promote tourism in the area by promoting Janesville as a prime destination for meetings and conventions, motorcoach, sports events and leisure travelers, thereby creating a positive impact on the community and enhancing the quality of life. The JACVB is funded by local hotel room tax and receives 60 percent of the room tax collected by the City of Janesville with the remainder going into the city’s general fund. To learn more visit janesvillecvb.com.
Zach Sepanik, Symetra Tour Media and Public Relations Official
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