Three Massachusetts natives to play in Symetra Tour event August 14-16
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 5, 2015 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, is headed to Brockton, Massachusetts for the inaugural W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club from Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16. A strong field of 138 professionals and two local amateurs will compete for a $110,000 total tournament purse.
The winner of the event will earn $16,500 and take a significant step towards an LPGA Tour card for 2016 with just seven events remaining in the season.
The three local products are current Symetra Tour member Brittany Altomare (Schrewsbury), 17-year-old from Rockland High School Megan Khang and soon-to-be sophomore at Georgetown Jacquelyn Eleey.
Altomare is a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Women’s Open and was the 2013 ACC Player of the Year at the University of Virginia. Altomare is in her second full year on the Symetra Tour. She finished 18th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list in 2014 and currently ranks 32nd this year.
Khang, who plays and practices out of Thorny Lea, is the number 15 ranked amateur in the world by the WAGR. Khang qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Open in 2012 and was the low amateur (T35) in her third U.S. Women’s Open this year. Khang was recently named to the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team.
Eleey, who graduated from The Taft School in 2014, was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2015 and won the conference individual title. In her first year at Georgetown, she posted six top 20’s, five top 10’s and a win. She led the Hoyas in scoring average.
The 140 player field, which was released Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., will include the entire current top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. No. 1 Giulia Molinaro (Treviso, Italy) leads the Tour with eight top 10 finishes in 12 events while No. 2 Lee Lopez seems destined for a win with four second place results this season. No. 7 Annie Park (Levittown, N.Y.) has dominated headlines lately with wins in two of the last three events – the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic and the PHC Classic. Park, who turned professional just two months ago after her junior year at USC, has moved into the top 10 in just six starts.
First round play begins on August 14 at 7:30 a.m. from the first and tenth tees. Following second round play on Saturday, there will be a cut to the top 70 and ties. The final round will be a single tee start with an estimated finishing time of 4:45 p.m.
Official practice rounds begin on Monday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. The official W.B. Mason Championship pro-ams will take place at Cohasset Golf Club on Wednesday, August 12 to make room for the WGAM Amateur Championship & President’s Cup. The winner of the WGAM event will earn a spot in the W.B Mason Championship.
The W.B. Mason Championship is free and open to the public.