Symetra Tour Back for 2nd W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea
Here is a little about the W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea, players and prizes.
Top 132 female professionals from U.S. and around the globe to compete for $125,000 purse
BROCKTON, Mass., May 23, 2016 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, W.B Mason, a $1.3 billion office supply company headquartered in Brockton and Thorny Lea Golf Club, established in 1900, are excited for the second annual W.B. Mason Championship, May 27 -29 at Thorny Lea. The field of 132 female
professionals, including Wilbraham native Kaitlin Coons, will compete in a 54-hole stroke play event for a first place prize of $18,500. First-round play begins on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m. There will be a cut to the top 60 and ties after second-round play on Saturday, May 28. The trophy ceremony will take place on the 18th green at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.
The total purse has increased to $125,000 from $100,000 in 2015. The top ten on the final Symetra Tour Volvik Race for the Card money list will earn LPGA membership for the 2017 season. The W.B. Mason Championship is the eighth event of the season. The 23rd and final event is the Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International from Octi.
“We are looking forward to again hosting another talented field of U.S. and international female golfers right here in Brockton,” said Tournament Director Robby Thompson. “It’s all systems go beginning with the golf course being in prime condition, all the volunteers having their assignments, and, of course, we hope to exceed last year’s charitable contribution to four local agencies. The public is invited to come out to Thorny Lea this weekend to watch some world-class golf and please feel free to bring the family.”
In 2015, Vicky Hurst was threatened early on the back nine, but managed to pull away towards the end to win her fifth career Symetra Tour event by carding a 3-under 68 to finish at 13-under, 200. She closed three shots clear of Brittany Benvenuto and Alejandra Llaneza.
“It felt really good to win here at Thorny Lea last summer, since I hadn’t won in six or seven years,” said defending champion Vicky Hurst, at a media day held at the club in March. “It was fun to be back playing well and hitting it well and really exciting to be in the lead group and to finish strong. My experience at Thorny Lea got me promoted to the LPGA and I am thrilled beyond words.”
One Thorny Lea member not entered in the field is 18-year-old phenom Megan Khang, who finished T-17 last year. Khang advanced through LPGA Qualifying Tournament last fall to earn membership and has accomplished what no female golfer from New England has ever done. Khang has already recorded two top ten finishes and on-course earnings of nearly $130,000 in ten starts.
“So far on the LPGA, my long game is my strong suit and I have to work on my short game and my putting,” said Khang at the media event in March. “Like they say, ‘you drive for show and putt for dough’ and it’s so true on Tour.”
For further information about the tournament, visit www.wbmasonchampionship.com. Tickets are $10 for an adult daily grounds pass while children 12 and under get in for free.
About Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and is in its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella 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 $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events in 27 years (1988). With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.
About W.B. Mason
The largest, privately-owned office products dealer in the United States operating with 60 locations in 50 states. Since 1898 in a small warehouse in Brockton, W.B. Mason has been delivering low prices, superior delivery and outstanding personal service to businesses of all sizes for all of their workplace supply needs. They have grown to over $1.3 billion in gross revenue employing over 3,400.
About Thorny Lea Golf Club
Thorny Lea Golf Club was established in the city of Brockton in 1900. By the 1950s Thorny Lea had become a mecca for good golfers and a breeding ground of excellence. In the last half of the century, Thorny Lea was the home of golf champions, from a “City of Champions” named after boxing greats Rocky Marciano and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. Thorny Lea golfers have won nine Massachusetts State Amateur
Championships by men named Ed (Smiley) Connell, John Tosca (2), Bruce Douglass (2), Steve Tasho (2), and John Hadges (2) and year-to-year the handicap rolls regularly listed more than 100 golfers with single digit handicaps. The course was designed by Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek measuring 6,326 yards with par 71 for the W.B. Mason Championship. For more, visit www.thornyleagc.com.
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