There are incredible stories to tell about the players at the SKYiGOLF Championship. We’re sharing a few of the highlights.
BRITT COACHING AT HIGH SCHOOL ALMA MATER
She led Signal Mountain to a TSSAA Class A-AA State Championship in 2009 and now Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tennessee) is returning to the school’s golf program as a volunteer assistant coach.
Head coach Rodney Mitchell recently announced that the 2014 Southern Conference Golfer of the Year for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will work with the Eagles and Lady Eagles as her schedule allows. Britt is set to begin her fifth year on the Symetra Tour when the SKYiGOLF Championship tees off tomorrow.
“There is a lot of great memories surrounding that program and I’m looking forward to helping the next generation,” said Britt. “Growing up, I had a lot of help developing my game and now I try to find opportunities to give back. I have considered coaching as a career option down the road and think it would be a nice transition out of competing because you’re still part of the action.”
LIU LOOKING FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
To end the 2018 season, Ruixin Liu (Guangdong, China) captured back-to-back wins at the IOA Golf Classic and Symetra Tour Championship to finish No. 1 in the Volvik Race for the Card and earn Symetra Tour Player of the Year honors.
She’ll spend the rest of 2019 on the LPGA Tour, but this week Liu is making a spot start to hopefully find a groove for her rookie year on the big stage. The 20-year-old is also shooting for a third victory in as many events on the official qualifying Tour of the LPGA.
“Last year on the Symetra Tour was life-changing for me because I gained a lot of experience, made many friends and improved my game to be able to compete on the LPGA Tour,” Liu said. “Playing in the SKYiGOLF Championship is to build confidence in my game and keep the momentum going for the rest of the season. It’s exciting to be back on a Tour that gave me so much, but I’m eager to make a name for myself on the LPGA.”
CHOI PLAYS ROUND WITH MICKELSON
It’s not every day someone is able to tee it up with a legend, but that is exactly what Sandy Choi (Seoul, Republic of Korea) did last Friday when Phil Mickelson invited her to join on the back nine of The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe.
Choi joined the club in 2017 as she made the transition from Duke University to the professional ranks, while Mickelson is an honorary member. They’ve shared conversations before and this time around with Choi heading to work on her short game, Mickelson reached out for her to complete their group of four.
“It was an incredible experience playing with one of the best players in the world, but I couldn’t stop my hands from shaking the whole time,” Choi said laughingly. “Phil is such a nice, down to earth guy. He was willing to give me some tips and helped me realize I definitely still have a lot to learn on the course. Nonetheless, it was a day I’ll never forget.”
ABOUT SYMETRA TOUR
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its entitlement 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 $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0 million in prize money awarded over the course of 24 events. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 437 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/Road2LPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions and independent agents and advisors. Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Symetra Classic. It secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Tour, which runs through 2021, Symetra sponsors two events on the tournament schedule—the Symetra Classic and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship. For more information about Symetra, visit www.symetra.com.
SKYiGOLF (SKYiGOLF.com) is dedicated to making golf more fun, offering $10,000 for holes-in-one on designated holes at SKYiGOLF facilities and operating a SKYiGOLF Global Golf Scramble, while at the same time helping PGA Professionals and course operators to increase their efficiency and revenues. For more information, contact Chief Communications Officer Jeff Babineau at [email protected], or Chief Championships Officer Ben Herring at [email protected].
Zach Sepanik, Symetra Tour Media and Public Relations Official
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