Update: Freyvogel Leading WHC Jr. Challenge Symetra Tour Qualifier
Official field set for the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic Junior Challenge Qualifier conducted by the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour
Event champion 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 1, 2017) — On April 1st, the PKBGT played the first round of the Women’s Health Classic Junior Challenge at The Links at Stoney Point. Stoney Point is home to the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Women’s Health Classic. The PKBGT is proud to be in partnership with the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation, the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Women’s Health Classic for this event.
In the Bell Division, after round one, Lauren Freyvogel (Gibsonia, PA 2019) is leading the field by four strokes at two under par with a score of 70. Not far behind Freyvogel is Emily Hawkins (Lexington, NC 2018) with a round one score of 2 over par 74 . Holly McCann (Raleigh, NC 2019) takes the third place spot with a first round score of 75. In a tie for fourth place with a score of 76 Carly Lyvers (Greenville, SC 2018) and Kathryn Carson (Mooresville, NC 2017).
The champion of this qualifier receives a sponsor exemption into the 2017 Self Regional Women’s Health Classic — the premier event on the LPGA Symetra Tour — played May 11-14 at the Links at Stoney Point. The Women’s Health Classic Junior Challenge represents the first east coast opportunity for a junior player to earn access to an LPGA professional event.
Previously called the LPGA Futures Tour, the Symetra Tour is the official developmental tour of the LPGA Tour. Known as “the Road to the LPGA,” the Symetra Tour has graduated a total of 117 women to the LPGA since 1999.
The second round begins Sunday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. from the first tee. The trophy ceremony will take place at the scoreboard immediately following play around 3:00 p.m. There is no admission for the Qualifier and spectators are welcomed to come out to watch the girls.
“The Links at Stoney Point is very excited about hosting the PKBGT Junior Challenge and promoting women’s golf,” said Jim Medford, chairman and owner of The Links at Stoney Point and the Women’s Health Classic Tournament Director. “This series of events enhances our continued efforts to support and promote women’s golf.”
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/.