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Top Finishers at Symetra Tour Event to Earn Exemptions into LPGA Major

(Battle Creek, MI.) March 16, 2016 -The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, in conjunction with The Evian Championship announced today that the top two finishers at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship will earn spots into The Evian Championship, the fifth and final major on the LPGA schedule. This is the first time in history that players will earn spots in an LPGA major based off a finish at a Symetra Tour event.

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship will take place at Battle Creek Country Club in Battle Creek, Michigan the week of July 18-24. The top 156 players will be competing for the winner’s check and the top two finishers will receive entry into The Evian Championship and financial support from Société Générale, one of The Evian Championship’s Major partners, to help them through their season.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for a rising star in women’s golf to experience an LPGA major in a setting like Evian-les-Bains, France,” said Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour, Mike Nichols. “The vision of the Symetra Tour is to prepare the next generation of LPGA stars and we are grateful to Evian for giving two players this unique chance to experience the LPGA first hand before they are full-time LPGA players.”

In the case of a tie for second at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, there will be a sudden death playoff for the final exemption into the Evian Championship. 

The Evian Championship, which became the fifth LPGA major in 2013, will be contested the week of September 15-18 at Evian Resort Golf Club. The total purse for the event is $3.25 million and the winner will earn $487,500. Last year, Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 Lydia Ko won the Evian Championship, becoming the youngest player ever to win an LPGA major championship. 

“The line-up of players at The Evian Championship is incredible, the pressure is at its peak,” said Franck Riboud, Chairman of The Evian Championship. “Young players need a chance to live the experience of a Major as this is part of their learning process, and we are pleased to guide them along this path.”

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship is a third year event on the Symetra Tour. Past winners include Min Seo Kwak (2014) and Madeleine Sheils (2015). 

For more information about the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, visit http://www.firekeeperscasino.com/see/firekeepers-casino-hotel-championship/. For more information about The Evian Championship, visit http://www.evianchampionship.com/en/.

About the Symetra Tour

The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and enters 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 http://www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

About the Evian Championship

The Evian Championship is fifth LPGA major and the only stage of the Grand Slam in women’s world golf to be held in Continental Europe who will bring together in the French Alps the top 120 players in the world, from 15 to 18 September 2016. The total purse for the event is $3.25 million. Last year, Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 Lydia Ko won The Evian Championship, becoming the youngest player ever to win an LPGA major championship. For more information: http://www.evianchampionship.com, Twitter: @EvianChamp #EvianChamp. Facebook: facebook.com/evianchampionship.

About FireKeepers Casino Hotel

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, MI and has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges.