The road to the LPGA will detour as a result of Tuscaloosa this slide when Ol’ Colony Golf Sophisticated hosts a end on the Epson Tour, the formal qualifying tour of the LPGA.
The Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic will be held Sept. 26-Oct. 2. The seven-working day event will start with a two-day Professional-Am adopted by a exercise round. Formal tournament play, which involves 72 holes, starts Sept. 29. The tournament’s purse is $200,000.
“We are not charging admission,” stated 1 of the events organizers, Ronny Robertson. “It’s no cost to the community to go to. Ol’ Colony is a general public golf class and we wished to retain this event cost-free so that we could give much more persons the possibility to attend this huge occasion.”
It will mark the 1st time Tuscaloosa has played host to a women’s expert golf tournament, in accordance to Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority, just one of the event hosts.
The Tuscaloosa halt will be the Epson Tour’s ultimate scheduled event before the Oct. 6-9 Epson Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Former Alabama golfer Lakareber Abe, an Epson Tour participant, is envisioned to engage in.
“I’m excited,” Abe said of the opportunity to return to her college or university home program. “It is a demanding system. I enjoy this class. I performed here for four many years. I am thrilled to see how the event sets it up.”
Abe and other nearby golfers from the Tuscaloosa Junior Golfing Academy will host a mini clinic at 5 p.m. Thursday at the class.
Wright Waters, who retired to Tuscaloosa, is tournament co-director together with Bathroom Whitfield. His sporting activities administration qualifications incorporates staying commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference as well as executive director of the Soccer Bowl Association. He famous that he oversaw more than 60 collegiate golf tournaments in his position as convention commissioner.
Among those people current at Thursday’s push convention that officially introduced the occasion was Tim Kramer, senior director of event business affairs for the Epson Tour.
“This tour is entering its 42nd year. It commenced out as a mini tour in Florida mainly because there was a absence of prospect for women to perform expert golf,” Kramer explained, adding that the purse has more than doubled in excess of the decades. “It has grown to 21 events around the region. Ten many years in the past there have been 13 events.
“30 countries are represented on the Epson Tour each and every week. It is a obstacle to come across championship courses,” Kramer said. “We appear for courses that will take a look at the gamers and get ready the players to what they will be playing on in the LPGA Tour. Ol’ Colony checks all the containers. It’s definitely a good golf training course.”
According to the Epson Tour’s formal web site, it supports “minimum purse degrees of $200,000 and decreasing participant-entry charges.” It also states the tour “will deliver financial assistance to new Epson Tour graduates for ongoing growth,” starting up this calendar year.
This women’s tour, less than various names and sponsorships, has existed for much more than 4 decades. It was the Symetra Tour just before Epson took title sponsorship. It has included additional than a dozen former Alabama golfers. It morphed into the official improvement tour for the LPGA around 1999, with the LPGA getting it in 2007.
A lot more than 600 gamers who competed on this qualifying tour have absent on to play in the LPGA. Its thriving alumni includes LPGA and Entire world Golf Corridor of Fame member Karrie Webb.
Organizers emphasised bringing a pro golf event to Tuscaloosa is a showcase that can direct to foreseeable future athletics situations coming to town.
“It truly is a crown jewel. It can be a championship program.” Waters claimed. “If you establish it, they will arrive.”
Waters stated organizers will recruit about 140 volunteers – none of the positions are paid out – to enable run the match. The tournament’s site, www.tuscaloosatoyotaclassic.com, will listing sponsorship and volunteer possibilities.