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GreatLIFE Malaska Fitness Club Career Crossing is NOW OPEN!

At GreatLIFE, we know that to make healthy lifestyles happen, fitness has to be accessible, affordable and convenient. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the opening of our newest neighborhood fitness center at Career Crossing, located at 4101 W. Benson Road, suite 5, in Sioux Falls.

It’s convenient. It’s affordable. It’s right down the street.
• 24-hour access
• Personal training
• State-of-the-art equipment
• Free weight area
• Convenient showers

Get an individual fitness only membership for just $39.99!
To make life even sweeter, GreatLIFE unlimited golf and unlimited fitness members get full benefits at all GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club facilities in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota for one low price. That includes our newest benefit: FREE bowling at Suburban Lanes and Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, and discounts on tanning right next door at Year Round Brown.

UNLIMITED FITNESS. UNLIMITED GOLF.
Single $59.99/mo.
Couples $69.99/mo.
Family $79.99/mo.

• 20 of the area’s best golf courses
• 14 fabulous fitness centers
• Swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, bowling, fitness
• Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

Are You Ready for a GreatLIFE?

For membership information, call 605-361-0445.

Start Fresh. Start Strong. Start Now.

Celebrate the Sounds of Christmas with GreatLIFE!

It’s FREE. It’s FESTIVE. It’s FUN.

Perhaps like no other time during the year, the holiday season brings people together to celebrate. And if you ask Chairman/CEO Tom Walsh, Sr. and his friend, recording artist Dan Mahar, there’s no better way to celebrate than with friends – and good music.

At GreatLIFE we’ve had the pleasure of making many new friends and enjoying the company of our old friends throughout the year. To say thank you for your membership and for believing in our mission, we would like you to join us for a very special night of Christmas music performed by Nashville recording artist and songwriter, Dan Mahar.

GreatLIFE members are invited to join us for this FREE event:

Tuesday, December 15
7 p.m.
Washington Pavilion

Free-will donations will benefit Sioux Falls Cares.
Tickets are available at the door. Come early to get the best seats.

And from all of us at GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, warm wishes for a great holiday season.

GreatLIFE Members Get More with the Great Rate Lock-In!

You Gotta Be It To Believe It!

What’s the difference between a membership with GreatLIFE and a membership with virtually any other type of golf or fitness club?

At GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, our members in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and throughout the entire region enjoy benefits unheard of at most clubs because it’s more than a place to work out; GreatLIFE membership opens the door to a lifestyle that is healthy, active, connected and enriching.

What’s that mean?

Our mission statement is to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. And we don’t think it should be hard or expensive. We want it to be available to everyone who wants to live better. That’s why your membership at GreatLIFE gives you more…

  • More Golf – 21 of the area’s best golf courses and more to come
  • More Fitness – 11 fabulous fitness centers and more to come
  • More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, fitness
  • Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

M.O.R.E.

The GreatLIFE just keeps getting better. To date we’ve made $10 million in improvements! That’s more golf courses, more fitness centers and more partners to enrich your life. Achieving a happier, healthier lifestyle is more convenient and affordable than ever.

Best of all, our commitment to members means we’re not finished yet.

Lock In and Live Better.

If that’s what you’ve been looking for in a health club, now is the time to join GreatLIFE. When you join or renew your membership during the Great Rate Lock-In going on between now and December 31, 2015, we’ll lock in your incredibly affordable rates for two to five years!

Join GreatLIFE Today and Lock in Great Membership Rates!

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.

WHAT DOES FROST MEAN FOR THE GOLF COURSES?
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.

DELAYED IMPACT
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.

CLUBHOUSE HOURS / FROST DELAY POLICY
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.

PLAY ON THE COURSE BEFORE THE CLUBHOUSE OPENS IS NOT PERMITTED!

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.

The Willows Happy Hour & Football Specials

When golf cools down, we heat up.

The Willows at Willow Run Golf Course is teed-up for happy hour and primed for football. With the golf season cooling down, we’re heating up.

Enjoy a stunning view of Willow Run Golf Course and great food and drink to match. The Willows offers happy hour Monday thru Friday with half price bottles, wells and taps from 4-6 p.m. Our amazing menu and a view unlike anywhere in town make The Willows your year-round gathering spot.

Delicious entrees, appetizers, flatbreads and sandwiches round out The Willows experience. Take a short drive to east side Sioux Falls and see what’s new. Great service. Great views. And a great place to have your big or intimate holiday party. Our beautiful event and meeting space seats up to 200. Book your holiday party now by calling (605) 335-5900.

Come to the Willows for happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. for half-price bottles, wells and taps or come in for our Game Day Specials Monday and Thursday nights, and Saturday and Sunday:

Domestic bottles bucket – $15
Import bottles bucket – $18
Wings – Boneless, $3; Traditional, $4
Appetizers – $5

  • Chips with Salsa or Queso
  • Onion Rings
  • Cheese Quesadilla

Features – $10

  • Loaded Nacho (beef, chicken or pork)
  • Hamburger & Fries with domestic pint
  • Flatbread with domestic pint

Open 7 days-a-week year round for lunch and dinner.

Friday’s Golf Course Conditions

We have evaluated all of the course conditions today and here are the current updates on course playability:

Willow Run – Open & Carts allowed
Central Valley – Open & Carts allowed
Bakker Crossing – Open & Carts allowed
Worthington Country Club – Open & Carts allowed
Rocky Run Golf Course – Carts allowed on rough and paths only & No carts in fairways

Golf Course Updates

We have evaluated all of the course conditions today and here are the current updates on course playability:

Willow Run – Walking Only
Central Valley – Walking Only
Bakker Crossing – Walking Only
Worthington Country Club – Walking Only & No League Play
Rocky Run Golf Course – Closed

Golf Courses Aerating Schedule

Well it is that time of year. Fall is coming and soon the leaves will be turning. This time of year is very important for all of the Superintendents. If you have spent any time on the golf course during the month of September more than likely you have played on some greens that have holes filled with sand or just holes in the green. This process is called aerating. Aerating is the process of either pulling plugs or punching holes in the green and filling them with sand. This is an important part to keep the greens healthy. It reduces compaction in the green, allows air to get into the roots and also allows the roots to get deeper into the surface. The deeper the roots are, the healthier the plant. While this disrupts play for about 10 days, it is necessary to keep the greens healthy. Below is the aerating schedule for all of our courses. Some courses have already started this process:

Willow Run – Will aerate September 28th & 29th
Bakker Crossing – Aerated September 14th & 15th
Central Valley – Aerated September 14th
Dell Rapids – Will aerate October 6th
Worthington CC – Aerated September 8th

Worthington Country Club will be starting to aerate some of their fairways today. The front nine will be closed on Monday to aerate tees and approaches and the back nine closed Tuesday to aerate tees and approaches.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jason.sudenga@greatlifegolf.com

Fairways and Greens,

Jason Sudenga

Caroline Westrup Earns First Professional Win

Post courtesy of the LPGA

Caroline Westrup (Baerum, Norway) applied for a job as an assistant golf coach and was ready to quit professional golf four weeks ago. Good thing she didn’t quit as she posted a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at 12-under 272. In her 62nd career start, Westrup earned her first career professional victory.

By virtue of winning the largest purse in the history of the Symetra Tour and pocketing $31,500, Westrup vaults from 55th to 14th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.

“This is everything I have ever dreamed of and more,” said the 29-year-old Westrup. “Finally, finally, I can say that I won my first professional event.”

Westrup’s longtime friend Dani Holmqvist (Stockholm, Sweden), who was playing in the group in front, took the outright lead on hole 12 with a birdie to move to 12-under. Holmqvist later stumbled with a bogey on 14 and a bogey on 16 to drop to 10-under. Meanwhile, Westrup made a tough up-and-down par on 16 to remain at 11-under. After a par on 17, Westrup hit her approach into 18 to six feet and drained a birdie to put an exclamation point on the win.

“First of all, I was shaking so much over that putt, I was really nervous,” said Westrup. “I just told myself not to hit it hard. After I hit the approach on 18, my caddie Rick told me ‘let’s end with a birdie’ and I just couldn’t have been more happy when it went in.”

Westrup has two top 10 finishes this year, but she missed the cut in her last three starts and after the PHC Classic in Milwaukee Westrup seriously contemplated giving up golf.

“When I got home from Milwaukee, I was almost to the point where I wanted to quit and start a new career,” said Westrup, who had her eye on becoming a college coach. “When I went home, I was able to practice, workout and spend time with friends and family.”

“It’s funny, a lot of people told me that I was going to go out and win the next event and here I am today,” continued Westrup. “It’s crazy thinking a couple weeks ago I was going to quit golf. Thank god I didn’t.”

Westrup is now just $3,417 behind tenth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with five events still remaining.

“This is a life changer for sure,” said Westrup. “I put myself in good position to earn my full LPGA Tour card for next year.”

Westrup-Trophy-ShotWestrup has played on the LPGA Tour with conditional status for each of the last two years.

When Westrup checked her phone following the trophy cremony, she found a text from a special friend and mentor, LPGA star Suzann Pettersen. It was short and sweet, but a perfect cap to the day. Pettersen wrote, “congrats and great job”.

Holmqvist carded a 1-under 70 on Sunday to finish solo second to earn $19,376. She moves from 17th to sixth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.

GIULIA MOLINARO MOVES TO #1 AND NOW ASSURED LPGA CARD: Giulia Molinaro posted a 1-under 70 to finish third at 9-under 275. She moves to No. 1 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with $66,732. She has guaranteed a spot in the final top 10 and will be playing on the LPGA Tour in 2016. Even after learning she had secured a spot in the final top 10, Molinaro still says that something is missing.

“I knew coming in that this was a big event and if you win it is like winning two events,” said Molinaro, who has nine top 10 finishes. “Hopefully at one point before the end of the year I can seal the deal and get a win, I want that so badly.”

“I didn’t know that the deal was sealed for the LPGA, so I am very happy to hear that.”

Molinaro struggled on the LPGA Tour last year and is pleased with the strides she has made this year on the Symetra Tour.

“I’ve learned a lot this year and I am a significantly better now,” said Molinaro. “The Symetra Tour has given me the perfect stage to feel pressure, but not be so stressed out so I could do all the technical work.”

Molinaro made 18 starts on the LPGA Tour last year and made eight cuts. She’s excited to get another crack at the top players in the world.

“The LPGA is where I want to be and that is where every golfer wants to be,” said Molinaro. “It is an incredible stage with incredible tournaments with the best in the world. A huge part of who I am is what I learned on this Tour (Symetra Tour).”

Sioux Falls Course Summary Statistics – Round 4
Sioux Falls Final Round Summary
Sioux Falls Tournament Summary Statistics
Symetra Tour Current Money List Thru Sioux Falls

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.”


CLARK’S KIM KAUFMAN WRITES LETTER:
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.