Florida's Natural Charity Classic Finishes March 17
Women Golfers Hoping to Make LPGA Cut
Last updated 3/16/2019 at 1:40pm
The 11th Florida's Natural Charity Classic has brought to the area 132 women golfers participating March 12-17 in the Symetra Tour, a qualifying event for the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Earlier in the week, the ladies played with teams of three amateurs, who paid $1,800 to join them for an 18-hole round of golf to raise money for charity. The Florida's Natural Growers Foundation uses the pro-am tournament to raise funds for charity. They have awarded more than $1.4 million to schools and nonprofit organizations.
In the women's tournament, first rounds were played Friday, March 15 and second rounds on Saturday. The final round begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17. Trophies will be presented at conclusion of play. The tournament takes place at Country Club of Winter Haven, 4200 Country Club Road S. Spectators can pay $10 per day to watch.
Demi Runas was leading the pack with a 68 after Round one. The Carson, CA native has been playing in the tour since 2014 and has $83,234 earnings to date. Last year's winner was Lauren Kim, who shot a 71 in the opening round Friday. She joined the tour in 2017 after graduating from Stanford University and has career earnings of $58,224.
The Symetra Tour is known as "the Road to the LPGA" and since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA's official developmental tour. The LPGA acquired the Symetra Tour in July 2007. A total of 147 women have graduated from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA since 1999.
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and entered its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its umbrella 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 $1.7M in prize money to $3.150M in prize money awarded over the course of 22 tournaments. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 428 LPGA titles.