The third stop on the 2020 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Longbow Golf Club in Mesa for the inaugural Founders Tribute.
The event, which runs from Aug. 14-16, is named in honor of the 13 women that established the LPGA in 1950 to pave the way for female golfers, according to a press release. The Founders Tribute is the second tournament of the Symetra Tour’s return to play following a four-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship at Battle Creek Country Club in Battle Creek, Michigan from July 24-26, was the official restart to the 2020 season.
“FireKeepers Casino Hotel and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi were honored to be the first stop back for the Symetra Tour and these professional women golfers,” Kathy George, the tournament director and FireKeepers Casino Hotel CEO, said in a prepared statement.
“The protocols and back to play plan the Tour had in place, in conjunction with the FireKeepers Casino Hotel protocols, were very thorough and met all local CDC guidelines and state regulations. We are looking forward to following the players throughout the rest of the 2020 season starting with their next event in Arizona.”
The same back-to-play protocol will remain in effect for the Founders Tribute and is one of the many reasons Visit Mesa officials say they wanted to host the Symetra Tour.
“Visit Mesa is extremely excited and honored to welcome back the Symetra Tour to Longbow Golf Club this August for the inaugural Founders Tribute,” Suzanne Cecil, director of sports at Visit Mesa.
“Mesa has a long history in hosting notable and highly competitive golf championships. We are confident that Symetra Tour athletes will be challenged by, yet relish their time on, a true desert course such as Longbow.”
Greeting the 144-player field in Mesa 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, a release states.
University of Arizona alumna Krystal Quihuis says she is eager to compete in her home state and is looking forward to playing the desert course where she has found success before.
“When the new tournament schedule came out, I was thrilled to see we had a tournament in my home state, especially at Longbow Golf Club,” Ms. Quihuis said in a prepared statement.
“I won the AJGA’s PING Heather Farr Classic in 2013 and it brings back great memories. I’m looking forward to playing in this prestigious event, and I am very excited to see my friends from the Tour in Arizona.”
Action gets underway at 7 a.m. all three days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees in each round. A trophy presentation on No. 18 green is set to follow final round play.