Recap: Freyvogel victorious at WHCJC Symetra Tour Qualifier
Lauren Freyvogel claims victory at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic Junior Challenge Qualifier
Freyvogel receives sponsor exemption into 2017 Women’s Health Classic, the premier event on the LPGA Symetra Tour, which will be played May 11-14 at the Links at Stoney Point.
GREENWOOD, SC. (April 2, 2017) — A nine and half hour drive home awaits champion Lauren Freyvogel, but she is not worried, she will be floating. Following two stellar days of golf on the challenging Links at Stoney Point setup, the Pittsburgh native claimed the coveted sponsor exemption for the upcoming Self Regional Women’s Health Classic, the premier event on the LPGA Symetra Tour.
Freyvogel entered the final round leading by 4 shots after a scorching 2-under par 70 on the over 6,100 yard layout. A couple early birdies expanded her lead to as many as 9 shots over the field and a spot in her first ever professional event was in site.
The event then tightened as Vanderbilt signee Louise Yu (Duluth, GA) and East Carolina University signee Kathryn Carson (Mooresville, NC) both made a couple of birdies and Freyvogel was beset by a string of bogeys. After 12 holes, Freyvogel was over par for the first time in the tournament and holding a three shot lead.
From this point, Freyvogel played like the eventual champion, playing the final six holes at one over par, the only blemish a bogey at the difficult 15th hole. Carson & Yu both surrendered shots on the toughest par three on the course, hole 17 and Freyvogel finished with back to back pars to claim a four shot victory.
In partnership with the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation, the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Women’s Health Classic and the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour (PKBGT) conducted the 36-hole Women’s Health Classic Junior Challenge Qualifier this weekend. The qualified featured 30 of the top junior girls ages 11-18 from across the East Coast. The Junior Challenge participants earned their spot in the field through a series of six pre-qualification tournaments contested over the last two months which featured 152 players from 14 states.
About PKB Girls’ Golf Tour
Founded in 2007 by the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as a local girls’ golf tour in the Triad region of North Carolina, the tour began as a simple concept from Tour Founder Robert Linville, PGA: create more effective competitive playing opportunities for girls in the Carolina’s. Developed as a partnership with Tour Director Mike Parker and two LPGA teaching professionals, the tour set out to change the landscape of junior girls’ golf. By utilizing innovative yardage-based divisions instead of the traditional age-based format, the tour focused on developing tournament experience at the players pace. Learn more about the PKBGT at http://www.pkbgt.org/.
About LPGA-USGA Girls Golf
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf prepares juniors for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game and provides a solid foundation for girls who want to play for fun with friends and family, to compete at the high school, college, and/or local, state and national levels or to learn for future career purposes, both inside and outside of the golf industry. The only national initiative of its kind, Girls Golf is administered through a partnership between The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA), both non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. With more than 300 Girls Golf programs in communities across the country, Girls Golf members receive golf instruction overseen by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals who are equipped to take participants from beginner to advanced players. Girls Golf programs also focus on inspiring girls to feel confident, build positive self-esteem and live active and healthy lifestyles by incorporating the “Five E’s of Girls Golf” into their curriculum. Learn more about the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program at http://www.girlsgolf.org/.
About Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic
The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic will be held May 11-14, 2017 at the LINKS at Stoney Point in Greenwood, South Carolina. The premier event on the LPGA Symetra Tour, the event will host the top aspiring LPGA professionals with the largest prize pool on the tour. Situated on beautiful Lake Greenwood in South Carolina, this Championship-style links course delivers an unparalleled lifestyle that’s truly one of a kind. The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation as well as other area agencies, will receive funds from the event to support community outreach services for Lakelands area women and their families, primarily through the Self Regional Health Express, a mobile health unit equipped to provide exams, education and preventive services. Learn more about the Women’s Health Classic at http://www.stoneypointclassic.com/.