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Symetra Tour Championship Comes to LPGA International

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 23rd and final stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to the Jones Course at LPGA International in the Sunshine State for the 12th annual Symetra Tour Championship from Oct. 3-6.

It is also the last tournament in the Million Dollar March, the stretch of five events to end the season with a cumulative purse of $1 million.

Greeting the 108-player field in Daytona Beach is a total purse of $250,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 72-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner’s share for the event is $37,500.

Defending champion Ruixin Liu is not among the competitors, as she finished No. 1 in the 2018 Volvik Race for the Card to earn Symetra Tour Player of the Year.

The victory on the Atlantic coast of Florida was Liu’s third in her sophomore season on the “Road to the LPGA” and one of 12 top-25s.

A total of five Florida institutions for higher education are featured among competition teeing it up in the Symetra Tour Championship with several names to keep an eye on once the event starts.

Florida Institute of Technology and Florida International University each have one lone representative in Daniela Iacobelli (Melbourne, Florida) and Paula Hurtado-Restrepo (Medellin, Colombia), respectively.

Meanwhile, Florida State University, the University of Florida and University Miami (FL) lead the way with two apiece in Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland), Matilda Castren (Helsinki, Finland), Samantha Wagner (Windermere, Florida), Karolina Vlckova (Kladno, Czech Republic), Delfina Acosta (Comandante Nicanor Otamendi, Argentina) and Dewi Weber (Groningen, Netherlands), respectively.

“Wearing the Blue and Orange is always a special feeling, and being able to do so as a professional in the state that means so much to me is even more awesome,” said Vlckova, a two-time All-SEC Second Team performer during her time in Gainesville. “I just hope to continue working as hard as my coaches taught me to and make them proud. UF will forever be my second home, the place that helped shape me into the person and player I am today.”

A total of 31 countries are also represented this week at the Symetra Tour Championship, led by the United States with 54 players then followed by the Republic of Korea having the next highest of six competitors.

Individuals from 19 different states are also set to tee it up on the Jones Course at LPGA International. Seven players hail from the host state, while California boasts the most with 10.

From 1999-2002, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA handed out three cards. Then from 2003-2007, that number increased to five before 10 were distributed starting in 2008. Since the inaugural year, a total of 147 players have graduated to the big stage.

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