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SYMETRA TOUR


       OPENS 2019 SEASON

       @CHARLOTTE HARBOR NATIONAL


       The Symetra Tour – The Road to the    SKYiGOLF announced the three-year deal for the tournament during the
       LPGA –  will begin its 2019 season    company’s late-October launch at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St.
       in North  Port  with the inaugural    Augustine, Fla. Charlotte Harbor National  Golf Club at Bobcat  Trail and
       SKYiGOLF Championship hosted          the Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor are the first two clubs to join SKYiGOLF,
       by Charlotte Harbor National Golf     a services  and solutions  organization aimed at giving PGA Professionals
                                             and course operators the tools to run their business more efficiently, while
       Club at Bobcat Trail. The SKYiGOLF    enhancing the game for all who play.
       Championship, a 72-hole event
       scheduled for March 7-10, features    “We at SKYiGOLF are proud to work with the LPGA Tour in hosting the Symetra
       a full field of competitors battling for   Tour’s SKYiGOLF Championship  at Charlotte  Harbor  National,”  said Rich
       a purse of $250,000, matching the     Smith, PGA, Founder/CEO of SKYiGOLF. “We want this event to have the feel
       richest purse in Symetra Tour history.   of a major for those women playing in it, and want to get the season started in
       The SKYiGOLF Championship is          style with a 72-hole event that will offer the largest purse of the season.”
       currently  the highest prize money
       event for  2019 on the official       The top 10 finishers in the season-long Volvik Race for the Card earn full
       qualifying tour of the LPGA.          LPGA Tour membership for 2020. From 1999-2002, the official qualifying
                                             tour of the LPGA handed out cards to three graduates; from 2003-2007,
       “We are excited  to welcome           that number increased to five; and 10 cards were distributed starting in 2008.
                                             Since the inaugural year, a total of 147 players have graduated to the big
       SKYiGOLF to the Symetra Tour family   stage.
       and are grateful that they sought out
       the Symetra Tour as one of their first   Symetra Tour graduates over the years have included Mo Martin, Gerina Piller,
       significant industry partnerships,” said   Christina Kim and 2018 first-time LPGA Tour winner Nelly Korda, as well as
       Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer   World Golf Hall of Fame members Lorena Ochoa and Inbee Park. Other
       for the Symetra Tour. “I know our     players that have spent time on the Symetra Tour include Brooke Henderson,
       members will be grateful to compete   Cheyenne Woods, Jaye Marie Green, Madelene Sagstrom and 2018 first-
       for the highest purse in Tour history in   time LPGA Tour winner Annie Park.
       the first tournament of the year. This
       will definitely give some lucky players   “To start out the 2019 season with a bang as big as the SKYiGOLF Championship
                                             is really awesome,” said August Kim, who finished the 2018 season at No.
       a major jump start in the Volvik Race   30 in the Volvik Race for the Card and earned exemption into the inaugural
       for the Card, not to mention the      Q-Series. “The large purse and sponsor support show the Tour continues to
       financial  comfort that comes with    grow. I’m looking forward to the strong tone it will set right from the start of the
       such a significant payout.”           season, especially since it’s a couple hours from home for me.”



       Proceeds from the SKYiGOLF Championship will be donated to the Folds of Honor, a 501(c)(3) that provides educational scholarships to the
       spouses and children of wounded and fallen military members. For more information about the SKYiGOLF Championship, or to help out as a
       volunteer, please contact Ben Herring of SKYiGOLF at ben.herring@skyigolf.com.

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