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February 13, 2013 by Bruce Sandig

Road to the LPGA starts in Mesa

Watch Mallory Blackwelder, Sara Brown, Blair O’Neal, Birdie Kim, Tiffany Joh and other Symetra Tour stars, the future LPGA Tour players, tee it up at Longbow Golf Club playing for their share of the $100,000 purse and an exemption into the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup.

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup exhibited its further commitment to the Symetra Tour with the announcement that the winner of the developmental tour’s 2013 VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic will receive an exemption into the LPGA event. The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will be played March 14-17 at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, just a short drive from Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, where the Symetra Tour’s 2013 season will begin at the VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic, held from Feb. 22-24.

“It is important for the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup to continue its support for both the local communities and the development of young aspiring golfers,” said RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Tournament Director Chris Garrett. “We are excited to partner with the VisitMesa.Com Gateway Classic, which is right down the road from our event, to offer the opportunity for a Symetra Tour player to get LPGA Tour experience.”

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup marks the first domestic event on the LPGA Tour’s 2013 schedule and gives the Symetra Tour winner an opportunity to compete alongside former winners of the event including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng and LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb.

“The Symetra Tour is the best avenue for players to reach their dreams of playing on the LPGA Tour,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This exemption will give the winner an opportunity to compete alongside the world’s best golfers at the RR Donnelley Founders Cup. This is just another example of how the Symetra Tour is truly the Road to the LPGA.”

The exemption into the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup falls directly in line with the Symetra Tour’s mission of preparing the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since the Symetra Tour began in 1980, this season marks the second time the Symetra Tour will award 10 fully exempt LPGA Tour cards to the top-10 on the season-ending Volvik Race for the card.

More About the Event

Practice Rounds: Feb. 19-20
Pro-Am: Feb. 21
Tournament Rounds: Feb. 22-24

Location: Longbow Golf Club, 5601 E. Longbow Parkway in Mesa

Admission is free courtesy of visitmesa.com.