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NGA Pro Golf Tour and All-American Gateway Tour Announce Joint Venture

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

Today the NGA Pro Golf Tour and the All-American Gateway Tour announced they are combining forces to form a joint venture that will create the nation’s largest developmental pro golf tour.

The union brings together the two largest and longest operating East and West coast developmental tours in the U.S. to form the country’s first true nationwide tour. The combining of the tours will help provide players at the developmental level with even more opportunities including adding value to current memberships, increased event exemptions and bonus payouts, a more player friendly schedule for those looking to compete in PGA and Web.com Tour qualifiers and pre-qualifiers, and a new player pool for those members competing year round.

The joint venture has been in the works since the beginning of 2014 with all new partners and potential sponsors excited about the future and the unlimited opportunities it creates. The new tour structure will have a much larger footprint, running from the West coast to the East coast, which has already allowed the tours to enter into preliminary negotiations with a potential umbrella naming rights partner. In addition, the tours are working closely with a group of investors and industry leaders to help bring significant funding and additional revenue streams for the consolidated tour model. Additional plans also include building partnerships and pursuing further consolidation with tours in the U.S., Mexico and the UK, similar to the recent partnership with Canada’s oldest and largest developmental series, The Great Lakes Tour.

For 25 years the NGA Pro Golf Tour has prided itself in developing professional golfers to compete at golf’s highest levels. Hundreds of NGA Tour alumni have moved up to golf’s premier tours where they have claimed countless victories including 16 Major Championships. The success of NGA Tour alumni is a testament to the model followed by the NGA Tour which consists of week-long 72-hole walking only events just like those found on golf’s premier tours. One only need look at recent results on golf’s major tours to see the affect the NGA Tour has had on the golfing world; 2013 NGA Tour Rookie of the Year Blayne Barber claimed the South Georgia Classic while fellow NGA Tour alums Jim Furyk, Martin Flores, and Jason Bohn finished second, third, and fourth respectively at the Wells Fargo. Professionals such as Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson, and Bubba Watson all won on the NGA Tour before reaching golf’s pinnacle, becoming known as Major Champions.

What other tour in the U.S. could come close to making such claims of success by their alumni? Ask anyone who knows golf, especially those in the West, and one name immediately comes to mind – the All-American Gateway Tour (AAGT). Since 2001, AAGT has served over 3,500 players, paid out over $43 million in purses and currently boasts an impressive number of alumni (168) currently playing on the PGA andWeb.com Tours.

“The current climate of developmental golf is very disconcerting. Players at our level are fragmented and playing for far less purse money than ever before. Last year there was over $10 million in purses paid and this year’s total will barely exceed $6 million. The current status will surely make it even more difficult for players to develop,” stated NGA President Robin L. Waters. “We believe strongly in and stand firmly committed to the concept of player and staff development and not the current pay for play gambling mentality that seems to be sweeping the industry. We believe consolidation with other tours across the country is the future at our level, along with the added player benefit of being able to conduct events closer to the PGA and Web.com Tour events and qualifiers. We feel fortunate to have found a partner and a potential sponsor who share our same goals. With this new tour structure, we will be able to combine resources and work toward getting the developmental level back on solid ground.”

“Since day one, the All-American Gateway Tour has been committed to providing standards in line with the PGA Tour to ensure our members are truly developed in an environment that mirrors what they can expect if they reach their ultimate goal,” said AAGT President Dusty Dean. “We have been focused on finding a partner that has that same mindset and is willing to help us deliver the standards our members deserve. I believe the team at the NGA has the understanding and passion for the game, as well as the shared vision of what AAGT has always wanted to create in the developmental tour industry.”

The alumni roster for the newly combined nationwide tour now includes: 2012 & 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk; 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson; two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA Champion John Daly; and recent PGA Tour winners like Michael Thompson, Ted Potter Jr, Gary Woodland, Russell Henley, Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy, and many more.

For more information about the exciting joint venture of the NGA Pro Golf Tour and the All-American Gateway Tour, please visitwww.ngatour.com or www.aagtgolf.com.

About NGA Pro Golf Tour (NGA)
The National Golf Association (NGA) Pro Golf Tour, formerly the NGA Hooters/TC Jordan Tour, was founded by Rick “TC” Jordon in 1988 as a place where aspiring professionals could compete and develop their games in an atmosphere that most closely mimics that of the PGA TOUR, while at the same time providing a financially rewarding experience. In 1994, Hooters of America CEO R.H. “Bob” Brooks joined forces with the then Jordan Tour as title sponsor thus making the newly branded NGA Hooters Tour the top developmental tour in the United States. Shortly after the passing of Brooks in 2006, and with the Brooks estate settlement, the tour became known as the NGA Pro Golf Tour. The NGA Pro Golf Tour oversees four separate series and conducts over 50 professional tournaments each year. Hundreds of NGA Tour alumni have gone on to compete at golf’s highest levels including on the PGA, Web.com, Champions, European, and even LPGA Tours. The NGA Tour continues to this day to have more players, past and present, move up to golf’s premier tours each year than any other developmental tour in the country. At the 2013 Fall Q School Final Stage, the NGA Tour had 62 players competing who had played on the NGA Tour at some point during the 2013 season, thirty-nine of which were current members including Medalist Zack Fischer. Altogether 101 of the 152 players who competed at Final Stage had competed on the NGA Tour at some point in their careers. NGA Tour alumni have gone onto countless victories on golf’s premier tours including an astounding 16 Major Championships!!! For more information on the National Golf Association and/or the NGA Pro Golf Tour please visit www.NGATOUR.com or call the tour offices at 800-992-8748. You can also follow the NGA Tour on twitter atwww.twitter.com/TheNGATOUR and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NGATOUR

About All-American Gateway Tour (AAGT)
Established in 2001, the All-American Gateway Tour (AAGT) was created to help aspiring PGA TOUR professionals fine-tune their skills in competitive golf tournaments. In its 12-year history, the tour has maintained a leading position as the premier developmental professional golf tour on the west coast and has paid out more than $43 million to players over that period. AAGT has served more than 3,400 players, with 168 AAGT alums currently playing on the Web.com and PGA Tours. These players represent 32 PGA Tour wins and 78 Web.com Tour wins. Today, AAGT continues to provide the ideal competitive environment as well as significant financial opportunities for aspiring PGA TOUR andWeb.com Tour professionals. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or information for the 2013-2014 season, please visitwww.AAGTgolf.com. You can also follow the tour on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AAGTGOLF or like them on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AAGTProGolf.

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Gallup Names Self Regional A ‘Great Workplace’ for 7th Year

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

Self Regional Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving the 250,000 residents of the Lakelands region, is now a seven-time Gallup Great Workplace Award recipient.

Team members Crystal Lambert (Self Regional’s 2014 Team Member of the Year) and Kendra Keeney (Finalist for the Gallup Organization’s 2014 Manager of the Year) represented the health system at the recent award presentation in Omaha, Nebraska.

ImageThe Gallup Organization published its annual listing of Great Workplaces; this year, 36 organizations in the world were named recipients. http://thegallupblog.gallup.com/2014/03/35-companies-that-set-standard-for.html

 With its 2014 recognition, Self Regional has joined an even more elite group of recipients; the South Carolina health system is one of only six organizations worldwide to achieve the honor of seven or more Gallup Great Workplace awards.

Other Gallup Great Workplace Award winners include global brands such as Hyatt Hotels, Mars, Inc., and Charles Schwab. Only one other hospital in the United States has received the award as many times as Self Regional. 

“Having team members who are engaged and who deeply care about their jobs means we commit ourselves to take better care of our patients, and we look for ways to improve the way we deliver care and services,” said Jim Pfeiffer, President and CEO of Self Regional. “Achieving a seventh consecutive Gallup Great Workplace award is a tremendous honor.”

Despite challenging economic times and sweeping changes impacting the healthcare industry, Self Regional was recognized for its highly engaged workforce, and ranked in the 97th percentile when compared to other healthcare clients around the world. In addition to surveying team members from the organization, the Gallup Organization also utilizes financial data, patient encounter data, safety data and employee retention.

“Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to Gallup’s new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. The organizations we honor are ones that have worked hard to reverse what is typical and they average nine engaged employees for every actively disengaged employee,” notes Jim Harter, Ph.D., Gallup’s Chief Scientist of workplace management and wellbeing and coauthor of Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements.

To learn more about how you can join the award-winning team at Self Regional, visit selfregional.org and click on the Careers tab.

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Self Regional Announces Closing of Epting Street Entrance

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

Visitors to Self Regional Medical Center may need to access services and visit patients at the Medical Center using an alternative entrance. Direct access to the Patient Tower from the Epting Street entrance will be closed due to construction.

Here is a reference guide for visitors and patients:

Visiting a Patient in the Tower? – Use the new Wells Street Entrance, which features a long blue canopy.

Coming for an Endoscopy, Stress Test or Other Cardiovascular Testing? – Use Spring Street entrances 1 or 2.

Visiting a New Mom or Someone in ICU/CCU/CICU? – Use Spring Street entrances 1 or 2 and access designated elevators 6 and 7.

Coming to the Cafeteria? – Use the Spring Street entrance.

Valet parking is available for patients at the Edgefield Street Entrance of the hospital.

To view a map with additional locations listed, please visit: http://www.selfregional.org/BigNewsatSelf

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Wei-Ling Hsu Wins Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

GREENWOOD, S.C., May 11, 2014 – Wei-Ling Hsu fired a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to win the inaugural Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic at The Links at Stoney Point.  Hsu’s three-day total of 8-under-par 280 cleared the rest of the field by five strokes.

ImageMarta Silva, Joanna Klatten and Min Seo Kwak finished in a three-way tie for second at 3-under 285.

Hsu was steady over the first nine making one birdie on the par-4 eighth hole and eight pars.  She seized control of the event with back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes. 

Hsu entered the day with a one stroke lead over Kwak and a two shot edge on Klatten and Silva. While Hsu flourished, Silva and Klatten shot just 1-under while Kwak shot an even-par 72.

 

Hsu finished on a high note with a birdie on 16, a bogey on 17 and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole.  She was doused with water by fellow Symetra Tour players after dropping the putt that sealed victory.

“It’s very exciting to win this tournament,” said Wei-Ling Hsu.  “The big prize ($30,000) is very good.”

Hsu skyrocketed all the way from 81st to fourth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.  Her best finish prior to the win was a T27 at the Volvik Championship.

“When I made the putt and everyone started running at me, I said to myself ‘oh my god’,” said the 19-year-old Hsu.  “When I won last year in Albany, nobody threw water on me, so I’m happy they did here.”

Hsu, who is in her second year on the Symetra Tour, won the Credit Union Challenge in Albany, New York last year.

With her $30,000 paycheck, the largest in Symetra Tour history, Hsu jumps into the top-10 on Volvik Race for the Card money list with season earnings of $31,810.

“A four-day event is very tough and everybody knows how important the money list is on the Symetra Tour.  We also have to travel a lot and spend a lot of money and the money is very important for me and my family.”

This week, Hsu’s caddie was her mother, which was especially fitting on Mother’s Day.

“This morning, my brother told me to win this championship and give your mom a big Mother’s Day gift.  Two days ago, I was thinking about what I should get my mom for Mother’s Day, but today I won and I think she is very proud of me.”

Hsu is now eligible for the $1 million Park Sterling Cup challenge.  If she also wins the Friends of Mission Charity Classic next week in Asheville, N.C. and the Symetra Classic in Charlotte in two weeks, she will win $1 million. 

OPTICS LOW ROUND: Min Lee shot a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday to move from T19 to a tie for sixth.  She had the lowest round on Sunday and therefore is the Tifosi Optics Low Round winner.

 Lee wins a free pair of Tifosi Optics sunglasses, the official sunglasses of the Symetra Tour. 

With her impressive day, Lee also jumps from 26th to 16th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.

“I hit the ball better today and my putting is getting better,” said Lee.  “I just tried to focus on ever shot today.”

Min Lee is only 18 years old. 

WOODS HAS GREAT ROUND: Cheyenne Woods struggled on hole number two on Friday and Saturday, scoring an eight on the par-5 both days. 

Today, she made birdie on the second hole and fired a 5-under-par 67. 

“Today was really solid, I played a lot better than I had the last two days,” said Woods, who shot a 77 and 78 on Friday and Saturday.  “I was really happy with number two, it gave me a lot of trouble this week, and I ended up with a birdie there today to start out my day and from there it was solid.”

Woods made six birdies and just one bogey on the day to finish 5-over for the tournament, good for T22.

She also closed strong with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.  She played the par-5 holes 3-under-par.

“I definitely played the par-5 holes well today.  I just felt like my game came together today.  Nothing was extraordinary; I hit the fairways and greens and hit a few putts.”

Woods was complimentary of the staff, volunteers and fans that put this event together.  

“This event has been one of the best we’ve had this year.  I feel like everyone has put in so much effort.  Everyone truly cares about the event, cares about the girls and wants to make this the best experience possible and I feel like they have.  From the volunteers to the sponsors and the fans that came out to watch, everyone has been so supportive.  It feels like a big event and it’s fun to play when you have great people around you like this.”

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL ROUND FOR RANKIN: Mother’s Day is special to most, but for Reilley Rankin it carries extra meaning because her mother has battled cancer and has dementia.  

Rankin shot a 3-under-par 69 and finished at 2-over for the weekend.  She birdied five of her first 11 holes.

Rankin finished T12 in the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic.

“It was nice to end on a good note,” said Rankin.  “I felt close all week and it is a good confidence builder for next week. 

Rankin got emotional when asked about the significance of her performance on Mother’s Day.

“I wouldn’t be here without my mom.  Obviously it has been tough with my mom recently, she has been sick, but it means a lot to play well and I know she would be proud.”

KWAK MAKES COSTLY BOGEY: Min Seo Kwak made a bogey on the 18th hole to slip into a three-way tie for second place.  If she had made par, she would have had sole possession of second place.

Solo second place would have paid out $18,784, but instead she tied for second and made $14,172.

Kwak has produced back-to-back strong weeks and is now third on the Volvik Race for the Card money list at $14,172.

VOLVIK RACE FOR LEADER STILL FENG: Cindy Feng had one of her toughest rounds of the year, closing the event with a 4-over-par 76 and moving down to a tie for 22nd place. 

Feng still holds a tight grip on the number one spot on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with earnings of $43,531.

Feng has yet to finish outside the top-40 this year and has five top-10 finishes. 

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Tiger Woods’ Niece in Greenwood Golf Event this Week; List of Pairings, Tee Times

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

GREENWOOD, S.C. - Tiger Woods’ niece, Cheyenne Woods, is among the field this week in the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Charity Classic Symetra Tour event at the Links at Stoney Point in Greenwood. She tees off at 9:20 a.m. Thursday on the No. 1 tee.

Woods was born in Phoenix, Ariz. She is a daughter of Susan Woods and Earl Dennison Woods Jr., who is golfer Tiger Woods’ half-brother, making Cheyenne Tiger’s niece. Her paternal grandfather, Earl Woods (Tiger’s father), was her first coach.

She played for the Xavier College Preparatory gImageolf team and won back-to-back Arizona 5A State Championships in 2006 and 2007. She graduated from Wake Forest University (2012) where she played golf for the Demon Deacons. She has won more than 30 amateur tournaments.

In 2009, she received a sponsor’s exemption to play in an LPGA tournament, the Wegmans LPGA. She missed the cut by four strokes. In April 2011, she won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship.[5]

In 2012, Woods turned professional after graduating from Wake Forest. She qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open by finishing as co-medalist at her qualifier and made her professional debut at the 2012 LPGA Championship. She had her first professional win on the SunCoast Ladies Series in late August 2012.

In 2013, Woods became a member of the Ladies European Tour and finished 78th on the Order of Merit. In 2014, Woods had her second professional win (and first on a major tour) at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.

 

 

 

PAIRINGS BELOW

Symetra Tour Pairings for Thursday May 8, 2014
Self Regional Healthcare Foundation
Women’s Health Charity Classic
Greenwood, S.C.

Tee/Group Time Player Hometown
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1st / #1 7:30 am
Kelsey Vines Stillwater, Okla.

Megan Vaughn Lake Village, Ark.

Jamila Jaxaliyeva (a) Almaty, Kazakhstan

10th / #2 7:30 am

Blair O’Neal Scottsdale, Ariz.
Anna Jang Aiea, Hawaii
Jessica Alexander Riverview, Fla.

1st / #3 7:40 am

Alice H. Kim Walnut, Calif.
Rachael Schmidt Elk River, Minn.
Inhong Lim Melbourne, Australia

10th / #4 7:40 am

Stephanie Connelly Pasadena, Md.
Shannon Fish Spring, Texas
Carolin Pinegger Schladming, Austria

1st / #5 7:50 am

Dottie Ardina Laguna, Philippines
Mitsuki Katahira Tokyo, Japan
Brianna Do Lakewood, Calif.

10th / #6 7:50 am

Ashleigh Albrecht Murrieta, Calif.
Joanna Klatten Paris, France
Elena Robles Redondo Beach, Calif.

1st / #7 8:00 am

Jessica Wallace Langley, British Columbia
Jean Chua Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Amy Eneroth Spokane, Wash.

10th / #8 8:00 am

Alejandra Llaneza Mexico City, Mexico
Maribel Lopez Porras Bogota, Colombia
Carly Werwie Kenosha, Wis.

1st / #9 8:10 am

Margarita Ramos Mexico City, Mexico
Karlin Beck Pike Road, Ala.
Kendra Little Eugene, Ore.

10th / #10 8:10 am

Lindy Duncan Plantation, Fla.
Amy Meier Rochester Hills, Mich.
Kishi Sinha Delhi, India

1st / #11 8:20 am

Brittany Altomare Shrewsbury, Mass.
Madeleine Sheils Boise, Idaho
Michelle Shin Cape Coral, Fla.

10th / #12 8:20 am

Jackie Stoelting Vero Beach, Fla.
Joanna Coe Mays Landing, N.J.
Kendall Wright Duluth, Ga.

1st / #13 8:30 am

Kendall Dye Edmond, Okla.
Jacey Chun Seoul, South Korea
Marina Choi Los Angeles, Calif.

10th / #14 8:30 am

Kim Kaufman Clark, S.D.
Therese Koelbaek Copenhagen, Denmark
Calle Nielson Nashville, Tenn.

1st / #15 8:40 am

Casey Grice College Station, Texas
Marissa Steen West Chester, Ohio
Selanee Henderson Temecula, Calif.

10th / #16 8:40 am

Yueer Cindy Feng Chang De, China
Hannah Yun Carlsbad, Calif.
Marita Engzelius Oslo, Norway

1st / #17 8:50 am

Kelly Shon Port Washington, N.Y.
Molly Aronsson Shelburne, Vt.
Jessy Tang Daytona Beach, Fla.

10th / #18 8:50 am

Jessica Shepley Oakville, Ontario
Lacey Agnew Jonesboro, Ga.
Noriko Nakazaki Lakemoor, Ill.

1st / #19 9:00 am

Laura Wearn Charlotte, N.C.
Tracy Stanford Midland, Texas
Natalie Gleadall Stratford, Ontario, Canada

10th / #20 9:00 am

Jessie Gerry Madison, Wis.
Corie Hou Sydney, Australia
Caroline Powers Bowling Green, Ohio

1st / #21 9:10 am

Jasi Acharya Columbus, Mont.
Wei-Ling Hsu Chinese Taipei
Ashley Tait Littleton, Colo.

10th / #22 9:10 am

Rhea Nair Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Rachel Rohanna Waynesburg, Pa.
Tzu-Chi Lin Taichung, Taiwan

1st / #23 9:20 am

Cheyenne Woods Phoenix, Ariz.
Shayna Miyajima Maui, Hawaii
Katie Mundy Southampton, England

10th / #24 9:20 am

Brogan McKinnon Toronto, Canada
Taylor Collins Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Kristi Cardwell Kokomo, Ind.

1st / #25 12:10 pm

Fiona Puyo Biarritz, France
Emma de Groot Coffs Harbour, Australia
Jessi White Bellingham, Wash.

10th / #26 12:10 pm

Michele Low Ipoh, Malaysia
Sarah Kemp Sydney, Australia
Jane Rah Torrance, Calif.

1st / #27 12:20 pm

Nicole Vandermade Brantford, Ontario
Madison Pressel Boca Raton, Fla.
Emma Jandel Dayton, Ohio

10th / #28 12:20 pm

Allie White Lancaster, Ohio
Ulrika Van-Niekerk Cape Town, South Africa
Victoria Park Irvine, Calif.

1st / #29 12:30 pm

Jaclyn Jansen Effingham, Ill.
Maiya Tanaka San Diego, Calif.
Stacey Keating Cressy, Australia

10th / #30 12:30 pm

Mary Narzisi Omaha, Neb.
Elisa Serramia Barcelona, Spain
Jenni Jenq Saratoga, Calif.

1st / #31 12:40 pm

Angela Buzminski Oshawa, Ontario
Reilley Rankin Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Min Lee Taoyuan County, Taiwan

10th / #32 12:40 pm

Numa Gulyanamitta Rayong, Thailand
Jordan Ontiveros Alamo, Calif.
Hye-Min Kim Seoul, South Korea

1st / #33 12:50 pm

Min Seo Kwak Seoul, South Korea
Katie Kempter Albuquerque, N.M.
Lee Lopez Whittier, Calif.

10th / #34 12:50 pm

Laura Gonzalez Escallon La Hulpe, Belgium
Daniela Iacobelli Viera, Fla.
Martina Gavier Cordoba, Argentina

1st / #35 1:00 pm

Katelyn Sepmoree Tyler, Texas
Demi Runas Torrance, Calif.
Brittany Benvenuto Langhorne, Pa.

10th / #36 1:00 pm

Jennie Lee Henderson, Nev.
Sara-Maude Juneau Quebec, Canada
Tiffany Tavee Tempe, Ariz.

1st / #37 1:10 pm

Maude-Aimee Leblanc Sherbrooke, Canada
Olivia Jordan-Higgins Jersey, Channel Islands UK
Pinrath Loomboonruang Bangkok, Thailand

10th / #38 1:10 pm

Mallory Blackwelder Versailles, Ky.
Veronica Felibert Caracas, Venezuela
Jean Reynolds Newnan, Ga.

1st / #39 1:20 pm

Rebecca Artis Coonabarabran, Australia
Krista Puisite Riga, Latvia
Marta Silva Santiago de Compostela, Spain

10th / #40 1:20 pm

Cara Freeman Chandler, Ariz.
Sara Brown Tucson, Ariz.
Garrett Phillips St. Simons Island, Ga.

1st / #41 1:30 pm

Nannette Hill Pelham Manor, N.Y.
Stephanie Kono Honolulu, Hawaii
Caroline Westrup Ahus, Sweden

10th / #42 1:30 pm

Breanna Elliott Yarrawonga, Australia
Lauren Doughtie Suffolk, Va.
Sadena Parks Scottsdale, Ariz.

1st / #43 1:40 pm

Carlie Yadloczky Casselberry, Fla.
Natalie Sheary West Hartford, Conn.
Nicole Sakamoto Honolulu, Hawaii

10th / #44 1:40 pm

Samantha Richdale Kelowna, British Columbia
Lili Alvarez Durango, Mexico
Louise Friberg Helsingborg, Sweden

1st / #45 1:50 pm

Moah Chang Los Angeles, Calif.
Joy Trotter Chino Hills, Calif.
Dawn Shockley Estes Park, Colo.

10th / #46 1:50 pm

Ginger Howard Bradenton, Fla.
Britney Hamilton Lake Orion, Mich.
Stefanie Kenoyer Lighthouse Point, Fla.

1st / #47 2:00 pm

Anya Alvarez Tulsa, Okla.
Laura Kueny Whitehall, Mich.
Susy Benavides Cochabamba, Bolivia

10th / #48 2:00 pm

Alexandra Casi East Palestine, Ohio
Eileen Vargas Ibague, Colombia
Catherine O’Donnell Ponte Vedra, Fla.

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WORTH WATCHING: Strong Women’s Pro Golf Field in Greenwood this Week

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, will tee off at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic at The Links at Stoney Point on Thursday, May 8.

ImageThe144-player field is competing for the largest purse in Symetra Tour history, $200,000. The winner will receive $30,000, the largest winner’s payout in Tour history. 

On Thursday and Friday, groups will tee off from both the first tee and the tenth tee.  The first tee time for the morning wave is 7:30 a.m. while the first tee time for the afternoon wave is 12:10 p.m.

There will be a cut made after 36 holes following the round on Friday.  The top 70 scores plus ties will play over the weekend. 

STRONG FIELD THIS WEEK: 17 of the top 20 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list are playing this week at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic. 

The top five are all playing and nine of the top-10 on the money list are in the field. 

The only players in the top-20 not in the field are Megan McChrystal (No. 6), Stephanie Na (No. 13) and Emily Talley (No. 15).

LEGENDS PLAY IN PRO-AM WITH SYMETRA PLAYERS: The 15 legends in attendance this week played in a Legends Pro-Am with Symetra Tour professionals and local amateurs. 

Symetra Tour player Sara Brown and LPGA Tour legend Kris Tschetter’s team took home the victory. 

Following the pro-am, Symetra Tour players, LPGA Tour legends, sponsors of the event and members of the golf course gathered for the Meet the Pros & Legends party around the clubhouse.  

ImageSymetra Tour players were led around the practice putting green with a bagpipe playing and introduced to the crowd of over 200 people. 

The party also included food, live music and more. 

MEG MALLON ON GROWTH OF SYMETRA TOUR: LPGA Tour legend and 2013 Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon is at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic as one of the 15 legends on site.

She talked about the growth of the Symetra Tour and the importance of the Tour. 

“It’s been a terrific experience to see where the Symetra Tour has come since I played on Tour,” said Mallon.  I was fortunate to play for a year and a half and it was a great training ground for me to get on the LPGA Tour.  Now it seems so much more polished than it was when I played so it’s wonderful to see where the game has come for the women and I’m happy to see they have the Symetra Tour to be able to hone their game for the LPGA.” 

She also talked about how the Symetra Tour helps players prepare for the next level.

“The Symetra Tour helps you learn how to manage your money, manage your time and manage yourself on a golf course.  It’s a terrific place to really learn how to travel and how to play on the LPGA.”

REBOUND WEEK FOR STEEN: Volvik Race for the Card money list number two Marissa Steen had a tough last event in Fort Myers, Fla. at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial.  She missed the cut for the first time this season.

However, Steen has had an outstanding year on the Symetra Tour.  She finished second at the Visit Mesa Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club and won the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay. 

Prior to missing the cut, she had not finished worse than T14 at any event this year.

Steen is a strong candidate to get her LPGA Tour card this season.  She finished just outside the top-10 last year at number 16 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.

PURSE BREAKDOWN SHOWS IMPORTANCE: If you didn’t already know how critical this event is in relation to the Volvik Race for the Card money list then consider a few things.

  • Biggest winner’s payout in Symetra Tour history at $30,000
  • Second place this week will win $18,784, more than the winner at 17 of the 19 other events
  • Four players will take home over $10,000 – last week only one did
  • The winner this week will make more than players that finished outside the top-10 at the North Texas LPGA Shootout (last LPGA Tour event)

BIRDIES WIN GOLF EVENTS: The top two players on the Volvik Race for the Card money list, Cindy Feng and Marissa Steen, also lead the Symetra Tour in total birdies with 58 and 55 respectively. 

Calle Nielson, who is 17th on the money list, also has 55 birdies this season. 

ImageONLY SOUTH CAROLINA REPRESENTATIVE: Reilley Rankin is the only player in the field this week that hails from the state of South Carolina.  She is from Hilton Head, South Carolina, which is over 200 miles southeast of Greenwood. 

In her only Symetra Tour event this year, Rankin finished fourth at the IOA Golf Classic.

The 35-year-old has enjoyed a strong LPGA Tour career that includes 14 top-10 finishes and over $1 million in earnings. 

Rankin has three career top 10-finishes in LPGA Tour majors including a 4th place result in the 2007 Women’s British Open.                                                                                                              

LAST SYMETRA EVENT FOR KIM KAUFMAN:  The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic will be Kim Kaufman’s last Symetra Tour event.  

After finishing T4 at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, she shot up to 54th on the LPGA Tour money list and is 93rd on the priority list after the reshuffle.  She will play on the LPGA Tour the rest of the 2014 season. 

“It was amazing, I’m not sure I’ve really digested it yet, but it changed my career and changed my summer,” said the 22-year-old.  “This will be my last Symetra event, which I’m still excited about, but I’m ready to move on to the next step.” 

Kaufman will tee off in the 8:30 a.m. group from the tenth tee on Thursday in her last Symetra Tour event.

“It’s a new event and it has become the biggest on the schedule and I just thought that I want to come and see what it is all about,” said Kaufman.  “I had planned to play here and there is no reason for me not to do it, the LPGA is off and I’m excited to be here.”

PAIRING TO WATCH: Keep a close eye on the 8:40 a.m. pairing off the tenth tee over the next two days.  The group is highlighted by Vovik Race for the Card money list leader Cindy Feng, who has finished in the top-5 in each of the last five events.

Feng will be joined by Hannah Yun, who finished second earlier in the year at the IOA Golf Classic, and Marita Engzelius who had her best result of the year at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial, when she placed T13. 

VAN-NIEKERK WAS STANDARD BEARER FOR LEGENDS: Riki Van-Niekerk, who is one of the sponsor exemptions in the field this week, was the standard bearer for Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel, two of the legends on site this week, at the 2005 U.S. Women’s World Cup at Fancourt Golf Course in George, South Africa. 

She got a chance to meet them both yesterday at The Links at Stoney Point. 

MEMBER OF PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL HERE: The Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is in attendance from Washington, D.C. at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic. 

Her board of directors includes legendary NFL quarterback and commentator Chris Collinsworth and former NBA player and politician Tom McMillen. 

She works closely with President Obama and the First Lady on different fitness and healthy eating initiatives. 

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Oh, Baby! Skinns Wins SLV Classic

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

By Greg K. Deal
Shorelines Magazine Editor & Publisher

McCORMICK, S.C. - David Skinns has seen his world come full circle in Savannah Lakes Village.

The NGA Pro Golf Tour player met his wife in Savannah Lakes through friends of his tournament hosts, Bob and Carol Wieboldt, in 2009. Skinns, whose wife gave birth to a baby boy 2 1/2 weeks ago, has been busy with just about everything else but golf recently. He said his expectations were low for a victory in the SLV Classic because he hadn’t practiced much.

Oh, baby, was he wrong!

Skinns took advantage on the final day Sunday – when leader Brian Richey, of Lakeland, Fla., stumbled – and posted a 5-under-par 67 to win by a stroke over Richey and capture the $15,000 top prize. Skinns finished 13 under par for the tournament.

Richey entered the final round after sizzling early rounds, but he stumbled early on Sunday with a triple bogey on No. 5, then had his ball move for an unfortunate penalty stroke on No. 16 down the stretch. He was 2 over on the day. Meanwhile, Skinns kept on plodding his way through the course, making a plethora of birdies and even an eagle on the par-5 11th on a day when few others were carding low scores on the wind-blown, firm greens at the beautiful Monticello course at Lake Thurmond.

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David Skinns waves his hat to acknowledge the cheering crowd on the 18th green Sunday after the final round of the Savannah Lakes Village Classic in McCormick, S.C. (Greg K. Deal photo)

Skinns, of Suwanee, Ga., started his day six strokes back of Richey, who entered the final round at 14 under.

“I kinda knew that, up to a point, it didn’t really matter what I did because Brian had such a big lead starting the day over me; so, I knew he had to come back to me,” Skinns said. “So, for the first 15 holes, I just tried to make as many birdies as I could and then see where it put me on the last few. The last few holes were playing pretty hard, so it was nice to see I had a lead coming down to the last couple (of holes).”

This was Skinns’ eighth tour victory. Richey was looking for his first. Skinns has been playing in the SLV Classic since 2007, but this was his first victory at the event affectionately known as “the Masters of the NGA Tour.”

“I’ve made some really good friends here,” Skinns said. “I like the golf course. It’s just got a really nice vibe to it with the people coming out to watch and all the volunteers, and the fact that the community gets behind it so much. It’s really nice to play in that environment; so, yeah, it’s somewhere that I’ve wanted to win for a long time. It’s great to finally get it done in a week when I really didn’t expect to.”

Ken Looper, of Mandeville, La., had a strong final round, posting a 66 to finish in third at 11 under for the tournament. Jonathan Hodge, of Strawberry Plains, Tenn., finished in fourth at 10 under.

For full scores, visit the NGA Website.

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