SYMETRA TOUR SET FOR A JULY RETURN TO PLAY IN MICHIGAN

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Symetra Tour announced today that it will resume the 2020 season with the seventh annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship at Battle Creek Country Club in Battle Creek, Mich. from July 24-26.

This event will mark the first tournament to be played by the LPGA Tour family following a three-month hiatus. It is also the first of nine tournaments on the remaining 2020 Symetra Tour schedule, making an even 10 tournaments for the 2020 campaign.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners and host venues for continued flexibility and support,” said Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “They have worked tirelessly to keep all hopes and dreams alive for the next generation of LPGA Tour stars. In addition to Symetra Tour sponsors, the ANNIKA Foundation recently showcased an unparalleled form of generosity with their Crisis Relief Fund providing $50,000 in grants to Symetra Tour players financially affected by the coronavirus.”

Two Symetra Tour events have changed dates, including the Founders Tribute in Mesa, Ariz., at Longbow Golf Club, a recent addition to the schedule. Originally set for Aug. 27-29, it will now lead the West Coast swing from Aug. 14-16, followed by the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa from Aug. 21-23. Meanwhile, the Four Winds Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind., will now be played Sept. 4-6 instead of July 31 through Aug. 2.

The Symetra Tour will conclude the season in the southeastern United States, starting Sept. 18-20 with the Guardian Championship in Prattville, Ala., at the Capitol Hill Senator Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Tour will then head to Florida for two weeks, competing at the IOA Classic brought to you by RP Funding from Sept. 25-27 in Longwood at Alaqua Country Club, followed by the Symetra Classic from Oct. 1-4 on the Jones Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. The 2020 season will then conclude with two weeks in North Carolina, with the Carolina Golf Classic from Oct. 28-31 at Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship from Nov. 3-6 in Davidson at River Run Country Club.

Purses are still being finalized, but players on the Symetra Tour will be competing for greater than $1.5 million during the season. Additionally, the Symetra Tour will once again award LPGA Tour Membership to the top players on the Volvik Race for the Card money list at the end of the year. However, five cards will be available instead of the 10 that have been distributed each year since 2008.

Below is a revised look at the 2020 Symetra Tour schedule, as of June 17:

DATE TOURNAMENT
July 24-26 FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship
Battle Creek Country Club, Battle Creek, MI
August 14-16 Founders Tribute at Longbow
Longbow Golf Club, Mesa, AZ
NEW TOURNAMENT
August 21-23 IOA Championship Presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, CA
NEW DATE
September 4-6 Four Winds Invitational
Blackthorn Golf Club, South Bend, IN
NEW DATE
September 18-20 Guardian Championship
Capitol Hill Golf Club, Prattville, AL
September 25-27 IOA Golf Classic
Alaqua Country Club, Longwood, FL
October 1-4** Symetra Classic
LPGA International, Jones Course, Daytona Beach, FL
NEW DATE
October 28-31** (Sat. Finish) Carolina Golf Classic
Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst, NC
NEW TOURNAMENT
November 3-6** (Fri. Finish) Symetra Tour Championship
River Run Country Club, Davidson, NC
NEW DATE
** 4-day Tournament

LPGA TOUR TO RETURN WITH TWO EVENTS IN NORTHWEST OHIO

2020 season to resume with new LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness Club,followed by Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana at Highland Meadows Golf Club

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 16, 2020) – The LPGA Tour announced today that it will resume its 2020 season with back-to-back events in Northwest Ohio.

The Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana, which had been scheduled to take place July 23-26 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, has accommodated the LPGA request to shift its dates and will now be held Aug. 6-9. One of the longest running events on the LPGA Tour, the Marathon LPGA Classic will allow spectators on site following recent approval from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

This schedule adjustment allows the LPGA Tour to add a new three-day event in the Toledo area and provide its Members with an additional playing opportunity during the shortened 2020 season. The Tour will now return to competition with a new event for the 2020 season, the LPGA Drive On Championship. The three-day, official tournament will be held July 31 to Aug. 2 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Televised on Golf Channel, the LPGA Drive On Championship will feature a field of 144 players competing for a $1 million purse and will take place without sponsors, pro-ams or spectators. It will provide LPGA Tour players and TV viewers with an early look at the famed Inverness Club, which has hosted U.S. Opens and USGA National Championships, PGA Championships, NCAA Championships and is the venue for the 2021 Solheim Cup.

“Thanks in part to the generosity of our partners who could not reschedule their events in 2020, we are adding a valuable additional playing opportunity for our LPGA Tour members,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “We are so appreciative of our longtime partners, Marathon and Dana, as well as the memberships at Highland Meadows and Inverness, for adjusting their schedules and helping us create a valuable two-week stretch in the Toledo area as we work to safely return to competition. This new event will allow us to test our COVID-19 protocols before we get to welcome back our fans at the Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana.”

THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP CANCELED FOR 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 9, 2020) – Due to ongoing travel/border restrictions and government quarantine requirements as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LPGA Tour and The Evian Championship announced today that the tournament, scheduled for August 6-9, will not take place in 2020. The major championship will return to the LPGA Tour schedule in 2021 at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France.

“I have been incredibly impressed by the entire team at The Evian Championship. They worked so hard to host this global event despite the obvious challenges,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “They know that high-pursed, career-changing events like The Evian are more important than ever, especially in an LPGA year that has been drastically reduced due to COVID-19. I know this was a tough decision for everyone involved, but it’s one that we had to take given the restrictions we faced.

“It is disappointing to miss a major championship but Evian’s strong history of showcasing the best female golfers will continue once again when we return in 2021. We look forward to being back on the mountain in Evian next year and for a long time to come.”

SYMETRA TOUR STATEMENT ON UPCOMING SCHEDULE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Symetra Tour announced today that the next two events on the schedule—the Prasco Charity Championship in Maineville, Ohio, from July 8-10, and Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic in Rochester, N.Y., from July 16-19—have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both tournaments will return in 2021.

“While it was a difficult decision to cancel these events for 2020, there is a silver lining in that each will be back next year,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “We are grateful to work with such outstanding partners as Prasco and the credit unions of the greater Rochester area, and look forward to working with everyone involved for years to come.”

The Symetra Tour team is in consistent communication with tournament title sponsors and venues, and if necessary, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate.

 

MAY 20 STATEMENT ON UPCOMING LPGA TOUR SCHEDULE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 20, 2020) – The LPGA announced today that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will not be held in October 2020. The tournament will return to the Tour schedule in 2021 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich. Additionally, the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer in Galloway, N.J., previously postponed from its May date, has been rescheduled for Oct. 2-4, the dates opened by the cancellation of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

“Not playing the Meijer LPGA Classic is disappointing, but I am very excited that our partners at Meijer have extended their contract with the LPGA and that we’ll be coming back to Grand Rapids even further into the future,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “The flexibility and understanding from both Meijer and the leadership at ShopRite speak volumes to their dedication to our LPGA athletes and their charitable efforts. We look forward to visiting the Jersey Shore in October and continuing an incredible tradition of great championships and giving back to the local community.”

MAY 15 STATEMENT ON UPCOMING LPGA TOUR SCHEDULE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2020) – The LPGA announced today that the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be held in July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will return to the Tour schedule in 2021 at Midland Country Club in Midland, Mich. Additionally, Dow has extended its contract with the LPGA, ensuring that the Tour will return to the Great Lakes Bay region for years to come.

“While we are disappointed that the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be held this year, I am excited that our friends at Dow have extended our relationship and will be hosting us in Midland for many years,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “As I’ve said since this pandemic started, while we will do all we can to play safely in 2020, the most important thing is to ensure the long-term health of our Tour. We are very thankful to the team at Dow for their ongoing and extended support. The 2019 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational was an incredible addition to our schedule, and I’m excited to see what they bring to the table in 2021.”

If necessary, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate.

LPGA TARGETS DATE TO RESTART 2020 SEASON

April 29, 2020 –

Given the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and in collaboration with its partners, the LPGA Tour today is announcing updates to the remainder of its 2020 schedule in preparation for a safe and responsible return to competition.

The LPGA recently informed its athletes that it is currently targeting a restart of the 2020 LPGA Tour season in mid-July.

“One thing that has become clear is that there will be no ‘opening bell’ regarding a return to safe play in this new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “To be honest, being ‘first’ has never been the goal when it comes to returning to play in this new normal. We have built a schedule that we think is as safe as possible given what we know about travel bans, testing availability, and delivering events that our sponsors and our athletes will be excited to attend.

“While July seems like a long way away, we are certainly aware that restarting our season in Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey will require a continued improvement in the situation in each of those states.”

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in Rogers, Ark., originally scheduled for June 19-21, will now take place Aug. 28-30. The Marathon Classic presented by Dana in Sylvania, Ohio, originally scheduled for July 9-12, will now be held July 23-26.

The PGA of America also announced Wednesday that the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., originally scheduled for June 25-28, will move to Oct. 8-11. For more information, please visit pga.com.

Additional changes have also been made to deliver a full LPGA Tour season for 2020.

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in Grand Rapids, Mich., previously postponed from its June date, has been rescheduled for Oct. 1-4. The Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging in Belleair, Fla., which had been rescheduled to November, will shift one week later to Nov. 19-22, and the Volunteers of America Classic in The Colony, Texas will move to Dec. 3-6.

Finally, the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., originally scheduled for Nov. 19-22, will move to Dec. 17-20 and will be the final event of the 2020 LPGA Tour season.

Due to the limited dates available for official full-field events on the LPGA calendar, the UL International Crown will not take place in 2020. Additionally, the Volvik Founders Cup, the LOTTE Championship, the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open and the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, which had previously been postponed, will return to the schedule for the 2021 season.

The LPGA also announced increases to the purses of numerous 2020 tournaments, bringing the total available purse remaining for the year to more than $56 million, with players competing for an average of nearly $2.7 million per event.

“Many of our remaining events will feature higher purses in 2020 thanks in part to some of our sponsors, who could not reschedule their events, offering some of their prize funds to increase other purses,” said Whan. “In what has been a very challenging year for everyone, we are so thankful to our partners for their creativity, collaboration and dedication to helping our athletes get the most out of the playing opportunities they will have in this unprecedented season.”

Summary of LPGA Tour events affected in the latest schedule update:

  • Marathon Classic presented by Dana will move to July 23-26
  • Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will move to Aug. 28-30
  • UL International Crown, originally slated for the week of Aug. 24, will not be played in 2020 so a full-field, official event can be held that week
  • Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will move to Oct. 1-4
  • KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will move to Oct. 8-11
  • Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging will move to Nov. 19-22
  • Volunteers of America Classic will move to Dec. 3-6
  • CME Group Tour Championship will move to Dec. 17-20 and will be the final event of the 2020 LPGA Tour season

If necessary, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate.

Below is a revised look at the LPGA Tour’s 2020 schedule, as of April 29:

July 15-18 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Midland C.C., Midland, Michigan

$2.3M
July 23-26 Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana

Highland Meadows G.C., Sylvania, Ohio

$2M
July 31 – Aug. 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer

Seaview, A Dolce Hotel, Galloway, New Jersey

$2M
Aug. 6-9 The Evian Championship

Evian Resort G.C., Evian-les-Bains, France

$4.1M
Aug. 13-16 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open

The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

$1.5M
Aug. 20-23 AIG Women’s British Open

Royal Troon G.C., Troon, Scotland

$4.5M
Aug. 28-30 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G

Pinnacle C.C., Rogers, Arkansas

$2M
Sept. 3-6 CP Women’s Open

Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

$2.35M
Sept. 10-13 ANA Inspiration

Mission Hills C.C., Rancho Mirage, California

$3.1M
Sept. 17-20 Cambia Portland Classic

Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Oregon

$1.75M
Sept. 24-27 Kia Classic

Aviara G.C., Carlsbad, California

$2M
Oct. 1-4 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Blythefield C.C., Grand Rapids, Michigan

$2.3M
Oct. 8-11 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Aronimink G.C., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

$4.3M
Oct. 15-18 Buick LPGA Shanghai

Qizhong Garden G.C., Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

$2.1M
Oct. 22-25 BMW Ladies Championship

LPGA International Busan, Busan, Republic of Korea

$2M
Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA

Miramar G. and C.C., New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

$2.2M
Nov. 6-8 TOTO Japan Classic

Taiheyo Club (Minori Course), Ibaraki, Japan

$1.5M
Nov. 12-15 OFF
Nov. 19-22 Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging

Pelican G.C., Belleair, Florida

$2M
Nov. 26-29 OFF (Thanksgiving)
Dec. 3-6 Volunteers of America Classic

Old American G.C., The Colony, Texas

$1.75M
Dec. 10-13 U.S. Women’s Open

Champions G.C., Houston, Texas

$5.5M
Dec. 17-20 CME Group Tour Championship

Tiburon G.C., Naples, Florida

$5M

APRIL 17 STATEMENT ON 2020 SENIOR LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP

April 17, 2020 – Tournament officials announced today that the 2020 Senior LPGA Championship, which was scheduled to take place July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, will be cancelled. The fourth playing of the senior major championship will be moved to 2021, with the dates to be announced at a later time.

“Cancelling ANY golf event is a difficult and painful decision. We are extremely thankful for the support and flexibility from French Lick Resort and the Legends Tour during this trying time!” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Importantly, all of us are committed to this important senior women’s tradition, and we cannot wait to watch the women legends of the game tee it up once again in 2021.”

“These legendary players deserve nothing less than a first-class Championship, and with the current circumstances, our first and foremost concern is for the safety and well-being of the players, the sponsors, the spectators and our staff,” said Dave Harner, Director of Golf Operations at French Lick Resort. “It has become more and more evident that we would not be able to conduct the event to its usual and deserved standard, therefore, we feel cancelling is the best decision. We look forward to 2021 with an even bigger and better fourth Senior LPGA Championship!”

“During these unprecedented times for all, we understand the challenges associated with planning and hosting the Senior LPGA Championship this Summer,” said Legends Tour CEO Jane Geddes. “That said, we look forward to returning to French Lick in 2021 and appreciate the ongoing support we have received from Steve Ferguson, Dave Harner and all at French Lick Resort.”

LPGA TOUR PLAYERS ONLINE COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS

April 16, 2020 – Player giveaways. Poker tournaments. Putting competitions.

Platelet donations.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, LPGA Tour players are helping their communities and countries by giving back in a variety of ways. Yesterday, three-time Tour winner Christina Kim donated platelets while going Live on the LPGA Tour’s Instagram.

Today, PGA and LPGA Tour players team up to go “chipping all-in” for charity.

Beginning at 3 p.m. EDT, fans will get the opportunity to watch players like Michelle Wie West, Danielle Kang, Natalie Gulbis, Lydia Ko, Brittany Lincicome, Gaby Lopez, Cristie Kerr, Cheyenne Woods, Kristy McPherson, Jenny Shin and Alison Lee compete amongst PGA Tour pros to raise money for the MGM Resorts Foundation’s Employee Emergency Grant Fund. The Fund is designed to assist MGM Resorts’ employees during the unexpected hardships of the coronavirus.

“I’ve always loved poker, but I don’t get to play as much as I would like. When [MGM Resorts] contacted me about playing and explained what they were raising money for, it was a no brainer,” said Lincicome.

Ko, who said she’s never played poker, decided to join the event after learning about what it benefited as well. “I have never done anything like this before. I’m excited for it!” said Ko. “It’s amazing that both the women and men players are coming together for a great cause. It just shows how much people want to help other even during these tough times. Not only are they talented athletes, but really amazing people.

“I don’t think I will get far at all in the event. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and have fun.”

The participants will be divided among multiple tables, with the two finishers from each advancing to the final table. Live player audio during the rounds will give viewers an enhanced experience, as the golfers will give personal shout-outs to viewers who donate to the Fund while watching, and engage with fans during a live Q&A hosted by CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis.

“I’m not very good at tournament style poker,” admitted Lincicome. “As long as I’m not first to get kicked out, I will view that as a win!”

“This is what golf creates – relationships and experiences for everyone,” said Lopez. “Having the chance to impact someone else’s life is what we play for. I feel very fortunate to be able to do so outside of the golf course.”

The tournament will be streamed on Twitch and YouTube, with more info available here.

But, poker isn’t the only outlet for players with a desire to give back. Last weekend, Kristen Gillman, Pernilla Lindberg, Madelene Sagstrom, Dani Holmqvist and Symetra Tour rookie Sierra Brooks played in a virtual putting tournament through the Perfect Practice Golf Instagram alongside PGA Tour pros and celebrities. The online competition benefited No Kid Hungry, an organization that provides vulnerable kids and families with nutritious food.

Participants attempted to make 20 putts through four days to see how far up the leaderboard they could go. Gillman finished in a tie for first after making 19 putts, with Brooks and Lindberg among those in a tie for second with 18.

Meanwhile, across the pond, major champions Georgia Hall and Laura Davies came up with their own giveaway. Hall recently auctioned off one of her Callaway golf bags online, with Davies looking to currently auction off her 2019 Solheim Cup Vice Captain’s bag with a set of clubs included.

Both are raising money to benefit organizations supporting NHS nurses and doctors, adding to the ever-growing list of Tour players doing what they can to do their part during these trying times.

GOLF WORLD PRESENTS REVISED CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2020

April 6, 2020 – United by what may still be possible this year for the world of professional golf, and with a goal to serve all who love and play the game, Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA have issued the following joint statement:

“This is a difficult and challenging time for everyone coping with the effects of this pandemic. We remain very mindful of the obstacles ahead, and each organization will continue to follow the guidance of the leading public health authorities, conducting competitions only if it is safe and responsible to do so.

“In recent weeks, the global golf community has come together to collectively put forward a calendar of events that will, we hope, serve to entertain and inspire golf fans around the world.  We are grateful to our respective partners, sponsors and players, who have allowed us to make decisions – some of them, very tough decisions – in order to move the game and the industry forward.

“We want to reiterate that Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA collectively value the health and well-being of everyone, within the game of golf and beyond, above all else. We encourage everyone to follow all responsible precautions and make effort to remain healthy and safe.”

Updates from each organization follow, and more information can be found by clicking on the links included:

USGA: The U.S. Open, previously scheduled for June 15-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, has been officially rescheduled for September 14-20 and is confirmed to remain at Winged Foot. For more information and comments from USGA CEO Mike Davis, click here.   

The R&A: The R&A has decided to cancel The Open in 2020 due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, and the Championship will next be played at Royal St. George’s in 2021. The Open was due to be played in Kent, England, from July 12-19, but it has been necessary to cancel the Championship based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and The R&A’s advisers. For more information and comments from The R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers, click here.

PGA of America: The PGA of America is announcing today that the PGA Championship is now scheduled to take place August 3-9 and will remain at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California.  The PGA Championship was originally slated for May 11-17 but was postponed on March 17.

Furthermore, the PGA reconfirmed the Ryder Cup remains as originally scheduled, September 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.  For more information and comments from PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, click here.

Augusta National Golf Club: Augusta National has identified November 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters Tournament, which was previously scheduled for April 6-12 and postponed on March 13. For more information, and comments from Chairman Fred Ridley, click here.

PGA TOUR: While collaborating with the PGA of America to find a viable date for the PGA Championship in August, the PGA TOUR worked with its host organizations and title sponsors to move the Regular Season finale – the Wyndham Championship – and all three FedExCup Playoffs events one week later, starting the week of August 10 and concluding with a Monday, September 7, Labor Day finish for the TOUR Championship.

The TOUR will seek to reschedule tournaments into the weeks formerly occupied by the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the Men’s Olympic golf competition in June and July.  The TOUR will make further announcements about this potential, as well as its fall schedule, in the coming weeks.  For more information and comments from PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, click here.

European Tour:  Due to the many complexities involved, the European Tour is currently working through various scenarios in relation to the rescheduling of our tournaments for the 2020 season. The European Tour will make further announcements on these in due course. 

LPGA: On April 3, the LPGA released a revised look at the LPGA Tour’s 2020 summer schedule, beginning on the week of June 15 with the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. In addition, the LPGA Tour announced that they have successfully rescheduled their first two majors of the year (the ANA Inspiration moves to the week of September 7 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California; and the U.S. Women’s Open conducted by the USGA moves to the week of December 7 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas). For more information, click here.

LPGA TOUR ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL CHANGES TO 2020 SCHEDULE

Given the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the health and travel restrictions that are currently in place around the globe, the LPGA Tour today is announcing additional changes to its 2020 schedule.

The LPGA informed players on Friday that the next five events on the LPGA Tour calendar have been postponed, with four of those five tournaments rescheduled for later this year. The Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Dex Imaging in Belleair, Fla., originally scheduled for May 14-17, will now take place Nov. 12-15. The ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer in Atlantic City, N.J., originally scheduled for May 29-31, will move to July 31 to Aug. 2. The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Simply Give in Grand Rapids, Mich., originally scheduled for June 11-14, is working on a date to reschedule.

Additionally, the USGA announced Friday that the U.S. Women’s Open, previously scheduled for the week of June 1-7, has been postponed to Dec. 7-13. The championship will be played at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, as originally planned but given the December time frame and the resulting loss in daylight, both the Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit courses will be used for the championship. For more information visit uswomensopen.com.

The Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., originally scheduled for May 21-24, will not take place in 2020 but will return in its date on the 2021 LPGA Tour schedule.

The LPGA also announced one additional event that has been rescheduled for later in 2020. The Kia Classic, previously postponed in March, will now be held Sept. 24-27 in Carlsbad, Calif.

“We are so thankful to all our partners for their flexibility and willingness to work with us during this very difficult time,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This has been a truly collective effort to reschedule tournament dates and work together to provide LPGA players with as many playing opportunities as possible once it is safe for us to resume competing again. As we watch the world come together in this battle against this virus, we are so thankful for all of the support from our valued partners and we continue to wish for the health and safety of all the extended members of our global LPGA family.”

If necessary, should this outbreak continue, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate. Alternative dates for June events are available later in the 2020 schedule.

Below is a revised look the LPGA’s 2020 summer months of June-September:

2020 LPGA Tour Summer Schedule as of April 3

DATE TOURNAMENT
June 19-21 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G
Pinnacle C.C., Rogers, Arkansas
June 25-28 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Aronimink G.C., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
July 2-5 OPEN FOR TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULE
July 9-12 Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana
Highland Meadows G.C., Sylvania, Ohio
July 15-18 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Midland C.C., Midland, Michigan
July 23-26 OPEN FOR TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULE
July 31 – Aug. 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel (Bay Course), Galloway, New Jersey
Aug. 6-9 The Evian Championship
Evian Resort G.C., Evian-les-Bains, France
Aug. 13-16 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
Aug. 20-23 AIG Women’s British Open
Royal Troon G.C., Troon, Scotland
Aug. 27-30 UL International Crown
Sept. 3-6 CP Women’s Open
Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sept. 10-13 ANA Inspiration
Mission Hills C.C., Rancho Mirage, California
Sept. 17-20 Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Oregon
Sept. 24-27 Kia Classic
Aviara G.C., Carlsbad, California

STATEMENT ON UPCOMING SYMETRA TOUR SCHEDULE AND THE LPGA QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the Symetra Tour continues to monitor and assess the global outbreak of COVID-19, the next five events on the Symetra Tour schedule are postponed: the IOA Invitational in Milton, Ga., from May 7-9; the Symetra Classic in Davidson, N.C., from May 13-15; Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez in Opelika, Ala., from May 20-23; The CDPHP Open in Albany, N.Y., from May 29-31; and Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Ind., from June 12-14.

Meanwhile, two events have been rescheduled. The IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, originally scheduled for March 27-29, will now be played from Aug. 21-23 in Beaumont, Calif., and the Four Winds Invitational will now be played from July 31 through Aug. 2 at Blackthorn Golf Club. Furthermore, the Windsor Golf Classic, originally scheduled for April 2-4 in Windsor, Calif., will remain postponed until 2021.

“The Symetra Tour is only as good as its partners,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “We are grateful for IOA, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, and the City of Beaumont, as well as the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and its Four Winds Casinos for working with us to find times that work to bring professional golf to their respective regions. They’ve kept the dream alive for players, as there’s no ‘Road to the LPGA’ if there’s no competition. We couldn’t be more thankful for their loyalty to the Symetra Tour and complete dedication to women’s professional golf.”

The Symetra Tour team is in consistent communication with tournament title sponsors and the venues to find suitable weeks in the latter part of the season to reschedule postponed events. More information will be shared as plans are finalized.

Finally, the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying Tournament timeline is being restructured. Stage I will no longer take place Aug. 20-23 at Mission Hills Country Club and Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Coachella Valley, Calif., and will instead be contested on the Bobcat and Panther Courses of Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla., from Oct. 12-15. Details are being finalized to add a third course to this location and the competition format will remain the same.

Stage II will no longer take place in its originally scheduled time frame, as Stage I now fits in the calendar on those dates. It will be rescheduled for November on two courses at a to-be-announced location, with no change to the format. Additionally, the third annual LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will not be held at Pinehurst Resort and will be rescheduled at a different venue for December. The format will be altered and span only one week, featuring 90 holes of competition on two courses and a cut after 72 holes.

At this time, criteria for all three stages essentially remains the same as in previous years. An entry open date of August 1, 2020 has also been set for both Stage I and Stage II. If there are further adjustments to the LPGA and Symetra Tour schedules, there may be additional changes to the qualifying tournament.

THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP MOVES TO EARLY AUGUST

Following the news that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed until 2021, the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and the Evian Championship announced Friday that the 2020 Evian Championship will move to Aug. 6-9.

Originally scheduled for July 23-26, the Evian Championship, held in Evian-les-Bains, France, will now take place the week before the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which is scheduled for Aug. 13-16 in North Berwick, Scotland.

“We greatly appreciate the willingness of Franck Riboud, Jacques Bungert and the team at the Evian Championship to move dates and align with our European swing. This adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events during a crowded summer and fall timeframe,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Like all our corporate partners, the team at the Evian Championship has always taken great steps to elevate the stage for our athletes. This 2020 schedule shift is yet another example of them supporting our players and our Tours during a very difficult time around the world.”

CAMBIA PORTLAND CLASSIC CONFIRMS DATE CHANGE

PORTLAND, OR (March 20, 2020) – The 49th edition of the Cambia Portland Classic announced today that it will be staged one week later than previously scheduled, moving to September 17-20 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

As a result of recent LPGA schedule changes, the Cambia Portland Classic, which was won by Australian major-winner Hannah Green last year, was last hosted in this spot in the Tour’s calendar in 2004, having previously been played in mid-September in the mid 80’s and 90’s.

The event, which is known for standout winners with former champions including ten-time major winner Annika Sorenstam, hall of famer Lorena Ochoa, Solheim Cup hero Suzann Pettersen and, more recently, Canada’s most successful golfer, Brooke Henderson is only one year shy of an incredible 50 years of staging and is looking to secure another stellar field this year.

With nine tournaments on the LPGA calendar now cancelled, Cambia has their sights set on inviting those tournament partners into the Cambia Portland Classic in their continued efforts to support the LPGA and Portland communities.

Cambia CEO, Mark Ganz, said, “We intend to reach out to specific sponsors of cancelled tournaments and invite them to participate with us in the Classic this year, in a creative way to respond to the extraordinary events of this year and do what we can to ensure the LPGA remains the strong professional organization it has become, while providing the opportunity to showcase the beauty and culture of Portland and the Pacific NW.”

For more information including tickets, please visit www.PortlandClassic.com.

The Cambia Portland Classic is owned by Tournament Golf Foundation and operated by IMG.

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2020 SCHEDULE UPDATE

Today, the LPGA Tour is announcing updates to our schedule as we continue to navigate the global Coronavirus pandemic.

After previously announcing the postponement of our events through the ANA Inspiration and following broadened directives from the various health organizations, the LPGA Tour informed its players that three additional events on our schedule are now postponed: the LOTTE Championship in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii (April 15-18), the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open in Los Angeles, Calif. (April 23-26) and the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in Daly City, Calif. (April 30-May 3).

The LPGA Tour also announced that its first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, has been rescheduled for September 10-13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Cambia Portland Classic in Portland, Ore., which had previously been scheduled for those dates, will now take place September 17-20.

The LPGA continues to work with its partners on plans to reschedule previously postponed events and will provide further updates once those plans are finalized.

STATEMENT FROM THE R&A ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

19 March 2020, St Andrews, Scotland: We are closely monitoring the constantly-moving situation in the COVID-19 pandemic and carefully following the advice issued to us by the UK Government, relevant health authorities and our medical consultants.

We have decided to cancel two of our international amateur events – The R&A Student Tour Series Final at St Andrews and Carnoustie and The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship at Fulford, which were both due to take place next month. We have contacted all those involved.  We will keep the status of the rest of the amateur championship season under review.

Looking to our professional events this summer, we are undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of our plans to stage The 149th Open at Royal St George’s and the AIG Women’s British Open at Royal Troon, which are four and five months away respectively. This includes examining a range of scenarios for staging the championships, with our focus on proceeding as planned, as well as considering other contingency options available to us.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety of players, fans, officials, staff and all involved in our championships and that will be at the forefront of our thinking as we monitor developments.

“We have some time before we start building the infrastructure at both venues and so we are keeping the scheduled dates in place for The Open and AIG Women’s British Open at this point. We recognise that this is a rapidly changing situation and we will keep everyone informed of any changes to our plans. These are difficult times but we are bearing in mind our responsibility for what’s right for golf and most importantly for society.”

UPDATED USGA STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS

Given the recent CDC guidance and the evolving dynamics of the Coronavirus pandemic, the USGA announced today that it has canceled its first two 2020 championships, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, originally scheduled for April 25-29 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., and the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, originally scheduled for May 23-27 at Philadelphia (Pa.) Cricket Club. These championships will not be rescheduled in 2020.

In addition, the USGA has canceled local (first stage) qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open and qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open in their current forms, and in conjunction with our Allied Golf Association (AGA) partners and International Federations, will look to redesign qualifying going forward as events unfold. We will continue to hold the dates for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club and the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club.

At this time, it is premature to speculate what might occur with other 2020 USGA championships. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and regulations from the CDC, WHO and other federal, state and local authorities to do what is in the best interests of our community. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and support during these unprecedented times.

Today, the LPGA informed its players that in an effort to minimize risks with the global outbreak of COVID-19 and following the California Government’s directive regarding events, the next three events on the LPGA Tour schedule are postponed: the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix, Ariz., which was scheduled to take place March 19-22; the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., which was scheduled to take place March 26-29; and the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which was scheduled for April 2-5. The plan is to reschedule these events for later dates in the 2020 season.

The upcoming two events on the Symetra Tour that were set to take place in California were also postponed (the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Beaumont, Calif., from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor, Calif., from April 2-4).

“This is a difficult situation and as we navigate these uncertain times, we appreciate the support of all those involved with the LPGA. I am fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule, especially our first major, the ANA Inspiration,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Our thoughts are with all of those around the world affected by this virus. And on a personal level, it pains me to see the impact of this health crisis on our athletes, our sponsors and our fans. That said, I know keeping our LPGA family safe, and all those who follow us safe, has to be my top priority.

We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation with our global health partners and are planning for different scenarios for future LPGA events should they be necessary.”