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LPGA Symetra Tour coming to Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS (Courtesy, LPGA Symetra Tour) - The Symetra Tour has announced the formation of the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge from September 3-6, 2015 at the Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls.

The Symetra Tour is the developmental tour for women aiming to to make it to the LPGA. The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge will be the first Symetra Tour event in the state of South Dakota in the 35-year history of the Tour.

According to the Symetra Tour website, the idea for the event was born when the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) first made contact with LPGA representatives in 2013, and again in 2014, at the National Association of Sports Commission (NASC) Trade Show. The CVB flew the leadership in to Sioux Falls for a site visit in June of this year as part of the bureau's “SeeForFree” marketing program to secure new business to Sioux Falls.

“Our team at GreatLIFE is thrilled and honored to host the first ever LPGA Symetra Tour event in our home town of Sioux Falls,” said Tom Walsh Sr., President of GreatLIFE. “We are also delighted that our local LPGA rising star Kim Kaufman is here to help kick-off the 2015 Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge.”

The tournament will feature a 72-hole stroke play format with a cut after second-round play on Friday. The final-round will be contested on Sunday, September 6. The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is one of just four 72-hole events currently scheduled for 2015.

The top 144 professionals on Tour will compete for a minimum purse of $150,000, which awards $22,500 to the winner.

According to the LPGA, the Symetra Tour serves as a proving ground for professional golfers to reach the LPGA Tour. The top-10 on the year-end Volvik Race for the Card money list earn their LPGA Tour cards.

South Dakota native Kim Kaufman, who was a four-time All State selection at Clark High School, is a two-time winner on the Symetra Tour including the 2014 Volvik Championship. Kaufman graduated from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA Tour in the middle of 2014 after a tie for fourth finish at the North Texas LPGA Shootout. She currently ranks 50h on the LPGA Tour official money list.

“As a proud South Dakota native and someone that grew up playing junior golf in the state, I am ecstatic that the Symetra Tour is coming to Willow Run for the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge,” said the 6-time South Dakota Golf Association Junior Champion. “The Symetra Tour was a great training ground for me to prepare for the LPGA Tour and I think the Sioux Falls community will thoroughly enjoy watching my talented peers play.”

For more information on the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge including sponsorship, volunteering and pro-am opportunities, visit www.GreatLIFEChallenge.com or contact Rod Garrison at 605-530-5274.

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