FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — Casey Danielson won the Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort on Saturday to take Symetra Tour money lead and wrap up an LPGA Tour card.
Danielson closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 10-under 203 on the Donald Ross Course, a stroke head of Beth Wu and two ahead of Rachel Rohanna.
Danielson earned $37,500 to push her season total to $77,034, with the final top 10 earning LPGA Tour cards. The 26-year-old former Stanford star from Wisconsin also won the Symetra Classic in May in North Carolina.
She won Saturday after missing the cuts in three of her last four starts.
“With any golf career, there’s a lot of highs and lows,” Danielson said. “I definitely learned a lot from winning and got a little ahead of myself, I hate to admit it. Expectations came in and left my golf game a little bit of a mess because I wasn’t able to stay mentally present during a round.
Danielson eagled the short par-4 11th and hit 17 greens in regulation.
“There were definitely some hard times out on the course to stay present, especially today being in contention, being in the final group,” Danielson said. “All the work I have been doing really paid off to combat it.”
Wu finished with a 68, and Rohanna shot 71.
Happening in 2022!
French Lick Resort Announces Largest Purse in Symetra Tour History
FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The Symetra Tour and French Lick Resort announced a historic three-year contract today with the creation of the French Lick Resort Stroke Play Championship. A 72-hole event contested on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort starting in 2022, it will feature a prize pool of $335,000 and $50,250 winner’s check, the largest purse and champion’s share in the Symetra Tour’s 41-year history.
The previous record-setting purse ($300,000) on the “Road to the LPGA” was offered by the 2019 Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez at Grand National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
“We are grateful to partners like French Lick Resort who fully embrace the ‘Road to the LPGA’ mission of identifying the next generation of LPGA Tour stars,” said Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer of LPGA Qualifying Tours. “The Pete Dye Course has a tradition of hosting major championship golf. By elevating the tournament experience for the Symetra Tour, French Lick Resort sets an example for our current and future partners of how we can ally to support these professional athletes chasing their dreams.”
In four of the last five years, French Lick Resort has hosted the Symetra Tour on the historical Donald Ross Course. It previously hosted the LPGA Championship in 1959 and 1960, and most recently crowned LPGA major champion Patty Tavatanakit as the Donald Ross Classic victory in 2019. Since its celebrated opening in 2009 the Pete Dye Course has hosted the PGA Professional National Championship, the LPGA Senior Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, 2014 USGA Men’s State Team Championship and the Big 10 men’s and women’s conference championships, among other notable events. The Pete Dye Course will also host the Indiana Men’s Amateur in 2022.
“French Lick Resort has enjoyed hosting the Symetra Tour since 2017, and we are proud to lead the way in elevating this tournament and Tour in support of these aspiring LPGA Tour players,” said Dave Harner, Director of Golf at the French Lick Resort. “We have a proud history of hosting both major professional and amateur championship golf on both the Donald Ross and Pete Dye courses and are proud to add the French Lick Resort Stroke Play Championship to this legacy starting next year.”
The third and fourth rounds of the French Lick Resort Stroke Play Championship will be featured on live stream, so the Symetra Tour experience can be viewed on a global scale. Additionally, the tournament will be designated as the Tour’s “flagship event,” meaning it will receive the most Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings points of any tournament throughout the season.
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