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2017 Willow Run Dakota’s Tour Pro Am

2017 Willow Run Dakota’s Tour Pro Am brought to you by the Willow Run Men’s Golf Association

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
1 pm Shotgun Start

Dakota’s Tour Event Information

The Dakota’s Tour is a Professional Golf Tour that runs from the end of June through the end of August in North and South Dakota and SW Minnesota. Notable players that have played on the Dakota’s Tour are Tom Lehman and Woody Austin. These players aspirations are to make it on the PGA TOur.


GreatLIFE members – $75
Non-GreatLIFE members – $100

Fees include green fees, cart, range balls, dinner (after play) and prizes.

Cash Players pool for all players – $300 per team (optional)

$20 Skins Game – Gross/Net (optional)

Entries Close Monday, July 3rd
Format: 1pro/3 amateurs – 1 gross/1 net BB of the foursome.
Handicaps: All players will get 80% of their handicap as of June 15th.
Field Size: The field size is limited to the first 31 teams to sign up.

Click here for the sign-up sheet.

Refer a friend at the Golf EXPO and Reap the Rewards!

Refer a friend at the Golf EXPO and Reap the Rewards!

Ready to warm up to spring and warm up your swing? Check out the Great Plains Golf EXPO in Sioux Falls. GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club is proud to be a sponsor of the Midwest’s most comprehensive golf show March 4 and 5 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. And GreatLIFE members get FREE admission!

If you haven’t heard about GreatLIFE, it’s a great time to learn more about our mission to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. But it’s an even better time to join thousands of people across the region that enjoy the unlimited benefits of a GreatLIFE membership.

While at the Golf EXPO, refer a friend to GreatLIFE and receive a $100 GreatLIFE Gift card for yourself – and each referred new member gets one too. Plus an added exclusive during the EXPO, we’ll waive the $50 initiation fee for all new golf & fitness members.

While unlimited access to the premier golf courses across the region is reason enough to join GreatLIFE, with new partnerships and perks, our members get even more!

More Golf – 25 of the area’s best golf courses
More Fitness –15 state of the art fitness centers and FREE fitness classes
Free Bowling – 3 Sioux Falls locations
More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis, yoga
Membership Discounts
-Year Round Brown membership discounts
-Sky Zone Trampoline Park discounts
-Stampede, Canaries, and Storm ticket discounts
Personal Training – and lots of other great health resources!

Begin Your GreatLIFE at the Great Plains Golf EXPO and get more!

*Offer good for new memberships only. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. New members must provide voided check or bank account information to receive $100 gift card. One gift card per membership. Excludes Mitchell, SD location. Offer valid on 12-month contracts only.



It’s tee time in Sioux Falls – especially if you’re a lady golfer on the Symetra Tour – The Road to the LPGA. For the second year in a row the Tour will bring its slate of 144 talented women to Willow Run Golf Course to compete for a shot at a purse of $210,000 – with the winner taking home $31,500 – and points in the Volvik Race for the Card toward a coveted spot on the pro tour.

The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is one of only four 72-hole events on the tour and one of only 23 cities to host the tour. According to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), Sioux Falls will realize more than $3 million in economic impact, depending on overall attendance.

The tournament will begin on September 1 with the winner clinching the title on September 4. It will be hosted once again by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club and the Sioux Falls CVB.


Golfers from across the region can enjoy a spectacular view of the fairway action and the LPGA hopefuls, and enjoy a few special events throughout the week of the tour including:

• Free Kids Clinic with Mike Malaska – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run
• Dan Boever, World Long Drive Champion – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run Driving Range
• Feherty Live! – Thursday, September 1, Washington Pavilion

To add to the excitement, one ambitious young golfer will have the opportunity to earn a spot in the GreatLIFE Challenge at an open qualifier to be held at Willow Run on August 26. The qualifier is open to all South Dakota female residents and any female college student that attends an accredited in-state college or university. Entries close Monday, August 22. Contact Jason Sudenga, GreatLIFE Director of Golf at 605-940-7344.

The second exemption for the tournament will be Mariah Stackhouse, a recent Stanford grad that has been turning heads on the fairway since she exhibited a talent for the game at age four. She’s the first African American woman to earn a spot in the field at the U.S. Open.

Last year’s winner, Caroline Westrup, finished the tournament with a 12-under 272 total, followed Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist in second place and Italy’s Giulia Molinaro who finished third.


To ensure the success of this weeklong event, sponsors are looking for local volunteers to act as host families and to provide other services throughout the tournament. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit

GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center Opening July 9!

Practice. Power. Performance.

GreatLIFE is pleased to announce the opening of the GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art elite sports training and fitness complex for athletes and families.

Located in southeast Sioux Falls at 69th and Southeastern Ave, the 40,300 sq. ft. multi-tenant building will be shared by GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute (OI), D1 – a Nashville-based business that operates more than two dozen athletic training facilities nationwide, and Sioux Falls Storm. In addition to the inside space, the new facility offers 900 sq. ft. of covered outdoor workout space that will be open seasonally.

GreatLIFE and all of the other high-profile tenants will offer programs and amenities that keep the focus on sports performance training and healthy living. GreatLIFE will cater not only to athletes, but also to families in an effort to support healthy lifestyles.

At GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, GreatLIFE members will enjoy all of the benefits they’ve become accustomed to, plus a whole lot more!

  • Outdoor training
  • Boot Camp
  • Fitness & cardio machines
  • Free weights
  • Full gym
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Group fitness
  • Yoga
  • Childcare

An athletic training center of this caliber has been part of the vision of OI for many years. With this partnership, that vision will not only be realized, but expanded, to include even more amenities and benefits to the community than initially thought possible.

Aligned with the GreatLIFE mission – To enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness, and healthy lifestyles – GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center offers members the right place, the right professionals, and the right equipment to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But it’s up to you to bring the commitment.

The GreatGEAR Giveaway is Here!

The GreatGEAR Giveaway is Here!

You love the unlimited access. You love the personal training. You love the variety of golf courses, fitness centers and the convenience. You love GreatLIFE, so why not share the love with your friends – and get free, fabulous GreatLIFE gear when your friends become members?

When you refer friends from Memorial Day through Labor Day, not only do you get to work out with the people you hang out with, but new and referring members receive fabulous GreatLIFE gear for FREE.

With our GreatGEAR referral program, the more friends you refer, the more free gear you get!

Refer 1 Friend – GreatLIFE t-shirt or hat or 2 half cart passes (new and referring member)
Refer 2 Friends – GreatLIFE bag or 2 half cart passes
Refer 3 Friends – GreatLIFE hoodie or 2 half cart passes
Refer 4 Friends – One year GreatLIFE Membership (at current membership level)

Plus: For every member you refer, you will be entered in a drawing for a fantastic set of golf clubs. New member will also be entered in the drawing.

At GreatLIFE, we’re committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. Adding getting fit with good friends can only make life sweeter.

Now you and all of your friends can enjoy great golf, great fitness and great gear.

Refer a friend at any GreatLIFE location now through Labor Day to qualify. No limit. Sign up as many new members as you can. But don’t wait. Offer ends September 5, 2016. Not good with any other offer. Drawing will be held at Woodlake Athletic Club on September 6, 2016. Winner of golf clubs will be notified by GreatLIFE.

FREE golf clinics for the entire family

Come. Learn. Play. Enjoy!

GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club is excited to announce FREE GOLF CLINICS for the entire family. Open to all GreatLIFE members and their guests, the clinics will take place at Willow Run, Bakker Crossing, Central Valley, Rocky Run and Worthington golf course locations.

Golfing is a great way to get outdoors with family and friends and these free golf clinics for juniors, adults and families are a fun way to get to know the game or brush up on the fundamentals. Please call ahead to sign up for any of the following clinics:

Willow Run Golf Course – Call 605.335.5900
Junior Clinics (Starting May 31) – Wednesdays – 8:30 – 10:00am
Adult Clinics (Starting May 10) – Tuesdays – 6:00 – 7:00pm
Family Nights (Starting May 15) – Sundays – 5:00 – 6:00pm

Bakker Crossing Golf Course – Call 605.368.9700
Junior Clinics (Starting June 13) – Mondays – 8:00 – 9:00am
Adult Clinics (Starting May 9) – Mondays – 6:00 – 7:00pm
Family Nights (Starting May 15) – Sundays – 5:00 – 6:00pm

Central Valley Golf Course – Call 605.528.6122
Junior Clinics (Starting June 13) – Mondays – 9:00 – 10:00am
Adult Clinics (Starting May 9) – Mondays – 6:00 – 7:00pm
Family Nights (Starting May 15) – Sundays – 5:00 – 6:00pm

Rocky Run Golf Course – Call 605.428.3498
Junior Clinics (Starting June 6) – Mondays – 9:00 – 10:00am
Adult Clinics (Starting May 11) – Wednesdays – 6:00 – 7:00pm
Family Nights (Starting May 15) – Sundays – 5:00 – 6:00pm

Worthington Golf Course – Call 507.376.5142
Junior Clinics (Starting June 6) – Mondays – 9:00 – 10:00am & 10:00 – 11am
Adult Clinics (Starting May 11) – Wednesdays – 6:00 – 7:00pm
Family Nights (Starting May 15) – Sundays – 5:00 – 6:00pm

Please call specific golf course to sign up. For more information on the clinics, click here.

Great Plains Golf Expo Exclusive!

Great Plains Golf Expo Exclusive!

Tired of winter weather? Get out of the cold and into the swing at the Great Plains Golf Expo in Sioux Falls. GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club is proud to sponsor the Midwest’s most comprehensive golf show February 27 and 28 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Members get in FREE. Show your GreatLIFE key fob at the door for free admission to the Golf Expo.

If you haven’t heard about GreatLIFE, it’s a great time to learn more about our mission to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. But it’s an even better time to join thousands of people from across region who enjoy the unlimited benefits of a GreatLIFE membership.

Become a GreatLIFE unlimited golf and fitness member for $59.99/month at the Golf Expo and get the first month FREE! Plus, we’ll waive the $50 initiation fee.

While unlimited access to the premier golf courses across the region is reason enough to join GreatLIFE, with new partnerships and perks, our members get more!
More Golf – 22 of the area’s best golf courses
More Fitness –10 fabulous fitness centers and FREE fitness classes
More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis, bowling
Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

Begin Your GreatLIFE at the Great Plains Golf Expo and get more!
Not valid with any other offer.

Frost Delay Ahead!

What does frost mean for golf courses?

It’s that time of year again and frost is in the forecast for this weekend.

What can we do to help our golf courses and Superintendents?

The best medicine is for all to understand the purpose of a frost delay and in turn gain a greater appreciation for the golf course.

Foot traffic on the golf course causes substantial damage to frozen greens.

Frost is basically frozen dew that has crystallized on the grass, making it hard and brittle. Frost can only survive at temperatures of 32º Fahrenheit and below. This does not mean air temperature must be below 32º for frost to form. Sometimes frost can form even when the air temperature is in the upper 30’s.

A grass blade is actually 90 percent water, therefore it also freezes. Walking on frost covered greens causes the plant to break and cell walls to rupture, thereby losing its ability to function normally. When the membrane is broken, much like an egg, it cannot be put back together.

A short frost delay can help preserve the quality of the golf course and prevent costly repairs.

Golfers who ignore frost delays will not see immediate damage. The proof
generally comes 48-72 hours later as the grass may turn purple or black, eventually fading to a very light brown. The result is a thinning of the putting surface and a weakening of the plant, sometimes even death of the plant. The greens in turn become more susceptible to disease and weeds. Additionally, weaker grass, even if it doesn’t die, may be more susceptible to disease and weed formation in the future.

At all GreatLIFE facilities, golfers must check-in at the pro shop before beginning play. Golfers are permitted to play on the golf course only after the clubhouse opens and they have checked in. If there is a frost delay, the golf course staff will determine when play may begin.


OCTOBER HOURS – *Note: If there is frost in the forecast, the golf courses will not open until 9:00 am.

Willow Run – 8:00 am – Sunset
Bakker Crossing – 8:00 am – Sunset
Central Valley – 8:00 am – Sunset
Rocky Run – 8:00 am – Sunset
Worthington – 8:00 am – Sunset

If ever in doubt, give the course a phone call before heading out to play to see if tee-times have been pushed back due to frost. Even the use of practice facilities (putting green and driving range ) is disallowed during a frost delay.

Your help in keeping the golf courses in the best possible conditions is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your understanding.

Largest Purse in Tour History

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., August 31, 2015 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, makes its much anticipated first trip to the state of South Dakota for the inaugural Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run Golf Course. The event is being billed as the biggest in the history of the Tour. First round play begins on Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 a.m. with the final round scheduled for Sunday, September 6. This is one of five 72-hole events on the Symetra Tour schedule.

The top aspiring LPGA Tour professionals from the United States and 24 countries around the globe will compete for the largest total purse, $210,000, and winner’s payout, $31,500, in Tour history. The winner of the event will have a great chance to finish in the top 10 on the final Volvik Race for the Card money list and earn LPGA Tour membership for 2016. The top 10 on the year-end money list earn LPGA membership in category nine on the LPGA priority list, which is considered “full-time” status.

The top four finishers, assuming solo finishes, will earn over $10,000. Second place payout is $19,723, third is $14,358 and fourth is $11,149.

With so much at stake, the field is very strong. The entire top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list are all in the field. In fact, everyone in the top 30 is scheduled to play. The field also includes 23 LPGA Tour members and 22 that played in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic last week.

The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is the 18th event of 23 total this season. The event begins a stretch of six tournaments in seven weeks to close the 2015 season. The season concludes with the final round of the Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International on October 18.

This week is also historic as the Tour, born in 1983, will hit the 600 tournament mark with the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge.

A DREAM MAY COME TRUE SUNDAY ON THE 18TH: The ultimate dream of every player on the Symetra Tour is to earn full exempt status on the LPGA Tour. Based on current projections, which take into account total prize money still available ($760,000) and the history of the Volvik Race for the Card money list, anyone currently No. 25 or better is nearly assured a Tour card for next season with a victory in Sioux Falls.

If No. 25, Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C.), wins the event her new season total will be $53,218. If No. 1, Lee Lopez (Whittier, Calif.), wins her season total will skyrocket to $85,142, which is more than anyone has earned in a single-season since Cindy LaCrosse pocketed $94,578 in 2010. For more perspective, tenth on the money list in 2014 earned $41,381. Keep in mind that the Tour’s schedule has grown from 20 to 23 events and prize money has increased from $2.25 million to $2.8 million. In 2013, the Tour schedule had just 15 events for a total of $1.62 million.

The $41,381 that Mallory Blackwelder earned in 2014 was the most tenth place earned in the history of the Tour and it is expected that tenth place this year will earn almost $10,000 more.

WIN IN MEXICO HAS CHRISTINE SONG BACK ON TRACK: Christine Song (Fullerton, Calif.) won twice on the Symetra Tour in 2010 and twice again in 2013. She earned her LPGA Tour card both years. She unfortunately was struggling this season. In five Symetra Tour events, she has made just one cut. She missed the cut in all seven LPGA starts.

She decided to take the Milwaukee and Boston events off and has been home for a month just practicing. It paid off when she just took what she thought was going to be a “relaxing” trip to Mexico to play in the IGPM Classic and wound up winning the tournament last week.

“I haven’t been playing well this year and I just went to Mexico to relax,” admitted Song. “It definitely is a big confidence booster for me.”

Song also swapped her putter for an Odyssey 2-ball putter. She now feels much more confident over the ball.

Song ranks No. 186 on the money list so she’ll need a win this week and additional top 10 finishes down the stretch to even have an outside chance to earn her card through the Volvik Race for the Card money list. Since she has LPGA membership, she is exempt to final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament.

BRIANA MAO STARTING PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Briana Mao of Folsom, California, a suburb of Sacramento, will make her Symetra Tour debut this week on a sponsor’s exemption. She graduated from the University of Virginia in May and is just beginning her professional career.

In her first professional start, she finished 15th at a Suncoast Tour event and was so excited for her first payday as a golfer.

“My mom was like you shouldn’t cash it because people don’t cash the first earned dollar, they just put it on the wall, but I was like ‘no, it’s still $500, I’m going to cash it’,” said the charismatic Mao. “Since we have mobile banking now, I was still able to frame the check.”

Last week, Mao finished third at the Colorado Women’s Open and earned $4,000. This week, she plays in her biggest tournament yet with a chance to really add some zeros to her bank account.

“I was really excited and fortunate to get the exemption, I know the process can be pretty competitive,” said Mao, who finished in a tie for 48th at LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage I and is using the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge as a way to gear up for Stage II. “I just want to dip my toes in the water and see how the Symetra Tour is going to be. This is a great opportunity to get more experience before Stage II of Q-School.”

Mao comes from a family of tennis players, but her dad, Lee, first started playing golf when her mom, Tiffany, was pregnant with her.

“He really wanted to be a single digit handicap and by the time I was born, my dad would spend everyday at the range after work and he would take me in the stroller so I basically grew up on the range watching him,” said Mao. “I had plastic clubs at three and I’ve really been playing ever since.”

Sounds like the classic born and raised to be a professional golfer story, right? Not the case. After being named Sacramento Golfer of the Year in 2009 and 2010, she was a little burned out on golf. Mao entered UVA as a pre-med student and had a fascination with the heart and wanted to be a cardiologist. She re-found her love for golf at UVA where she was a two-time All-ACC selection and life as a surgeon is now on hold.

Mao has two former college teammates to lean on this week in Brittany Altomare and Portland Rosen.

“It’s exciting because when Brittany graduated I still had two more years and I was always like I can’t wait until I’m out there and I can travel with you,” said Mao. “Then Portland graduated and I was so jealous that two of my really good friends were traveling and playing tournaments and now in a blink of an eye, I’m here.”

CATCHING UP WITH SIOUX FALLS SYMETRA TOUR CHAMPION: Jane Egan (now Jane Noble) remembers fondly playing golf with her mom everyday during the summer months. She also used to work at Minnehaha Country Club. The Sioux Falls native and former O’Gorman High School star won twice on the FUTURES Tour, now known as the Symetra Tour, in 1999.

“My mom would always say ‘nine more holes, nine more holes’ and soon it turned into 36 holes,” Noble recalls. “After golf, I knew I got to go to the pool and eat a candy bar. The majority of my brothers and sisters played golf so I definitely grew up in a golf family.”

Her father, Tom, now 84-years-old is volunteering this week at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge. He still works part time at Willow Run Golf Club three to four mornings a week.

“My dad works four to five hours a day with the maintenance crew, he loves it,” said Egan. “He loves all the people out there. Actually, the majority of my family is volunteering at the event including both my parents.”

Although Noble, who married a fellow teaching professional from Arizona Gary Noble 11 years ago, now lives and works in Arizona at Paradise Valley Country Club, she still keeps a close eye on South Dakota golf in part because of her nephew Tom Zining, who won the South Dakota State Match Play Championship and the state stroke play by eight shots. He became the youngest ever to win both in the same year. Noble called it “one of the best summers” she has ever seen for a South Dakota amateur golfer.

Many years have now passed and Noble is now giving back by teaching the game of golf, but those countless summers on the course armed her with the tools to become the first and only woman from Sioux Falls to win on the Symetra Tour.

“This tournament was a long time coming, I know when I was out there playing I tried to get a tournament in Sioux Falls,” admitted Noble. “We’ve had some mini tour events for men come through and I think it is about time that a women’s event has arrived. There is such a large audience in Sioux Falls with girls from The First Tee program and the country clubs and I think you’ll be amazed at the crowds you’re going to have.”

“I wish I could be there and I’m already planning on being in Sioux Falls for the tournament next year.”

2011 PGA TEACHER OF THE YEAR’S DAUGHTER IN EVENT: Ashley Malaska Moss, a sponsor
exemption into the field, never “in a million years” thought she’d be competing in a Symetra Tour event against the top aspiring LPGA Tour golfers from the U.S. and around the world. Even though she grew up around golf because of her dad, Mike Malaska, a well respected teaching professional and a partner in GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness, Ashley didn’t pick up the game until she was 16 years old.

“My dad is a pretty predominant teacher in the industry and I grew up around the game, but I was into
soccer and softball and other team sports,” said Moss. “I didn’t like golf at all and it wasn’t until I quit soccer to focus on softball and I found out that if I didn’t pick up another fall sport, I was going to have to go to the last hour of school.”

So, she went to her dad the day before the golf tryouts and said ‘teach me how to play’. Somehow, without even nine holes under her belt, she made the golf team. Even more impressive, the summer before her senior year of high school, the University of Arizona women’s golf team offered her a spot on the team as a walk on.

Moss didn’t get into the rotation much, but she learned a lot being around some of the top players in the country including current Symetra Tour players Margarita Ramos, Alejandra Llaneza and Brittany Benvenuto. She transferred to Brigham Young University to get more playing time for her senior year and then turned professional in 2013. She played on the mini tour circuit and then last year decided to focus on teaching golf.

“I decided that maybe my game wasn’t where it needed to be to play LPGA Tour golf and I got married so my priorities naturally changed a bit,” said Moss, who expects her husband and father to trade off as her caddie this week. “With my dad and the name he has built up in the teaching industry, I started teaching to make some money to play and never in million years did I think I’d be teaching golf. Even a year or two ago, if you said that is what I’d do for a career, I would have laughed at you.”

Moss is now a teacher at Superstition Mountain Country Club in Gold Canyon, Arizona and Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa.

Although this will be her first Symetra Tour event, she has been around the Tour. She was on the bag for former Arizona teammate Margarita Ramos at the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club and the Volvik Championship, the first two events of the year.

“I’m hoping I do well, I’ve been working hard on my game and I definitely hope to be around for the weekend,” said Moss. “I’m really looking forward to seeing GreatLIFE because my dad is a partner and I haven’t been to Sioux Falls yet to see the whole business.”

Kim Kaufman of Clark, South Dakota took the Symetra Tour by storm in 2013 and 2014. She posted two wins and five total top 10 finishes in 16 starts. She is now playing full time on the LPGA Tour and ranks No. 57 on the Race to the CME Globe. She already has four career top 10 finishes and earnings of nearly a half million dollars. Recently, Kaufman wrote the below letter in support of the event.

Ever since I was little girl in Clark, I dreamed of playing on the LPGA Tour. After graduating from Texas Tech, I turned professional and took a step towards my dream, and was thankful to have the opportunity to play on the Symetra Tour. I can say with 100 percent certainty that my year on the Symetra Tour prepared me for the rigors and level of competition that I currently face on the LPGA Tour. It was also a confidence booster to win twice on the Symetra Tour.

Although I now play on the LPGA Tour and won’t be playing the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run, I want to urge everyone in Sioux Falls and really all of South Dakota to support this event. Many of the Symetra Tour professionals are good friends of mine and I know that many of them will be competing with me on the LPGA in no time.

I’m proud to call South Dakota home and it’s really amazing to see a women’s professional golf event arrive in my home state. Looking back, I wish that I had an opportunity to attend a women’s professional golf tournament in South Dakota when I was a kid.

I can’t stress enough to parents, with girls especially, the opportunity you have to expose your kids to the game of golf and some great female role models. It’s my goal as a current LPGA player to help grow the game of golf in South Dakota. My hope is that this tournament is going to inspire young girls in South Dakota to take up the game.

Let’s show the Symetra Tour how we support major events in the area. Be sure to head out to Willow Run September 3-6 for the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge!

OF NOTE: Alejandra Llaneza (Mexico City, Mexico), No. 2 on the money list, could be a player to keep an eye. She has finished in the top 10 in both of the 72-hole events she has played on the Symetra Tour including a win at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic. Llaneza has made 31 career LPGA starts including six this year so she has more experience in the 72-hole events…No. 1 Lee Lopez has posted back-to-back top 10 results to takeover the top spot previously held by Giulia Molinaro…No. 4 Daniela Iacobelli has finished inside the top 15 in all three four round events this year including a tie for sixth at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic…No. 5 Annie Park has finished inside the top 15 in five straight events. She has placed in the top 20 in six of seven starts…In her 186th career start on the LPGA Tour, Kris Tamulis won on Sunday at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Tamulis finished ninth on the Symetra Tour money list in 2004. At that time, only five cards were being awarded per year. The Naples, Florida native has played in at least one Symetra Tour event every year since 2010.

Get Tickets for Feherty Live! featuring Medal of Honor Recipients

Ticket dates have been announced for David Feherty’s Feherty Live! featuring Medal of Honor Recipients and LPGA Legends on Thursday, September 3 at 7pm at the Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion as part of the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge event.

Tickets go on sale for the following groups:

GreatLIFE members – Thursday, August 13th, 9:30am
General Public – Friday, August 14th, 9:30am

Tickets are $10 plus tax for general public and $5 plus tax for GreatLIFE members.

They can be purchased by calling 605-367-6000 or online at

Heralded by The New York Times as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson”, David Feherty hosts the popular talk show Feherty, the most-watched original series in Golf Channel history and is a CBS analyst and broadcaster. On this special night, Feherty takes his celebrated show live when he hosts the Legends of the LPGA and has the distinct privilege of honoring two Medal of Honor recipients.

Sergeant First Class Leroy A. Petry is a retired United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient for actions in 2008 during Operation Enduring Freedom. When a grenade landed between he and others, Petry attempted to throw it away when it exploded, saving the soldiers’ lives but severing his right hand. In spite of his wounds, he reenlisted and remained on active duty until his retirement in 2014.

Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall is a retired U.S. Army officer who received the Medal of Honor in 2007 for his actions during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam. Crandall flew over 70 missions into enemy fire with an unarmed helicopter to bring ammunition, supplies and help evacuate the wounded. By the end of the Vietnam War, Crandall he had flown over 900 combat missions.

Feherty Live! promises a fun, lively and heartfelt evening with great athletes and distinguished patriots. Get your tickets by calling 605-367-6000 or online at