BATTLE CREEK, MI (WKZO AM / FM) – The 14th stop on the Road to the LPGA 2021 will take the Symetra Tour to the Battle Creek Country Club for the eighth annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship taking place August 6-8 .
The casino officials announced on Monday.
“We are very grateful for our partnership with the FireKeepers Casino Hotel this season. Last year, their team worked tirelessly as the first tournament after our break due to COVID-19, “said Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer of LPGA Qualifying Tours, in a statement. “Our staff and athletes look forward to returning to the Battle Creek Country Club, which presents a unique challenge for our players each year and has crowned some great champions – including the current No. 2 in the Race for the Card, Ruixin Liu last year . “
The total welcome to the 144-player field in Battle Creek is $ 175,000.
The individuals will compete in a 54-hole stroke play format, cut to the low 60 and tie after 36 holes. The winning share for the event is $ 26,250.
“We are very excited to be hosting the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship again this summer,” said Tournament Director and CEO of FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Kathy George. “Bringing this event of this caliber to the Battle Creek Country Club is a great opportunity for our community to support these young golfers while bringing visitors to the Battle Creek area from around the world.”
Among the competitors is defending champion Ruixin Liu (Guangdong, People’s Republic of China).
The win was the fourth of her professional career and one of fifteen top 10 results of her career. This year Liu has won two championships at the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic and the Casino Del Sol Golf Classic.
She is currently # 4 in the Race for the Card with a season profit of $ 74,442.
“I’m very excited to be able to tee off again as the defending champions at Battle Creek this year,” Liu said in a statement. “This will be a first experience for me, as the defending champion I haven’t played any Symetra Tour events. Of course, I hope I can do as well at the Battle Creek Country Club as I did in 2020, but the main goal is to get out there, have fun and improve my game too. “
In addition to the normal payout, players receive “Potawatomi Points” with a total of $ 30,000 in bonus money, distributed over the three participating events.
Top players in the scoring will receive a sum from the prize pool, including $ 5,000 to the Potawatomi Cup winner, who will attend all three events at the end of the Four Winds Invitational at the South Bend Country Club in South Bend, Ind., August participated 13-15.
The action begins at 7:30 am EDT on all three days, with the game beginning with tees # 1 and # 10 each round.
A trophy handover on green No. 18 follows the final round game.
More information is available online at www.SymetraTour.com, as well as Facebook.com/Road2LPGA.