GLENDALE, Wis. — The 17th stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Brown Deer Park Golf Course in the Badger State for the fifth annual PHC Classic from August 9-11.
“This event continues to be a driving force for the Potawatomi Cup series and also a true staple to the calendar every year,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “Playing at a former PGA TOUR venue in Brown Deer Park Golf Course provides a world-class facility for our players to show they have what it takes to succeed on the LPGA Tour. As we have also solidified our relationship with Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, the community outreach has grown to greater heights. Their staff does an awesome job making the PHC Classic about more than golf.”
Greeting the 144-player field in the greater Milwaukee area is a total purse of $125,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 54-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 $18,750.
“We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome the Symetra Tour back to eastern Wisconsin,” said Alexx Zawada, the Corporate Sponsorships Manager for Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. “The PHC Classic is a way for us to give back to local charities and celebrate women’s professional golf. Everyone involved has pitched in to create an atmosphere even better than before and we can’t wait until tee off.”
Defending champion Lauren Coughlin (Charlottesville, Virginia) is among the competitors and the win was one of two Symetra Tour starts for her in 2018. The University of Virginia alumna held LPGA Tour membership, but competed since the event served as the official United States qualifier for The Evian Championship.
“Plenty of great memories at Brown Deer Park Golf Course and the PHC Classic considering it is where I captured my first professional victory and also qualified for one of the most prestigious majors on the LPGA,” Coughlin said. “I can’t wait to get back and defend the crown, as well as continue the process of working toward the Volvik Race for the Card top-10 to hopefully secure LPGA status for 2020.”
Action gets underway at 7:30 a.m. ET all three days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees in the first and second round. Meanwhile, all groups will head off No. 1 tee in twosomes for the final round with a trophy presentation to follow on No. 18 green.
ABOUT SYMETRA TOUR
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its entitlement 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 $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0 million in prize money awarded over the course of 24 events. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 437 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/Road2LPGA, 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.