There is a lot at stake as the LPGA’s Epson Tour concludes its 2019 season with the final round of the Epson Tour Championship on Sunday, October 6.
A field of 108 LPGA Tour hopefuls will play their way through the Jones Course at LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, FL, aiming to finish among the top 10 on its season-ending money list. Those who rank among the top-10 money winners will be awarded one of the much-coveted 2020 LPGA Tour cards.
Back in 2007, when the Epson Tour—previously known as the Futures Tour—was acquired by the LPGA, the tournaments were molded over the years to become the official qualifying tour of the LPGA and a smaller, domestic version of the more global LPGA Tour.
Since then, the Epson Tour has grown, hosting aspiring Tour players from around the world on grander stages for higher purses. This season saw an all-time high purse of $4 million awarded over the course of its 23 tournaments.
For rookie Patty Tavatanakit of Bangkok, Thailand, this season has served as her transition from college golf to playing professionally. In her freshman season on the Epson Tour, she had posted three wins and five top-10 finishes to move to the No. 2 position on the money list, assuring her 2020 LPGA Membership.
“It’s [the Epson Tour] been a great place to learn and coming out here this year has helped me become more clear on my commitment to this career,” said Tavatanakit, who played two years of collegiate golf at UCLA with six total wins as well as playing in numerous professional tournaments as an amateur. “I think the level of competition here is somewhere between the LPGA and college golf.”