Roberta Liti will be the only Italian competing in the French Lick Charity Classic, an event for the first time in the Epson Tour calendar which has a prize pool of $ 335,000 (first coin of $ 50,250), the highest among those of the 21 tournaments in calendar.
French Lick Charity Classic, schedule
The blue, after the 30th place last week in the Firekeepers Casino Hotel, needs to further raise the pace to move up in the order of merit where she is currently 71st. And he will have to do it in a competition, scheduled from August 4 to 7 at The Pete Dye Course at French Lick in Indiana, which features a field of big chances with the top ten finishers on the money list and number one, Lucy. Li who will try to seize the third title of the season and career after those obtained in June (Carolina Golf Classic) and July (Twin Bridges Championship).
Not an easy task for Li, 19 years old from Stanford (California), against opponents who proved to be very competitive and, in particular, the Swedish Linnea Strom (n.2), the Chinese Xiaowen Yin (n.5), winner of the previous Firekeepers Casino Hotel, and Gina Kim (# 4), second on the occasion after playoffs. A good year also for Alexa Pano (n.6) and for the Filipina Dottie Ardina (n.8), but they have what it takes to play a leading role in the others who are in the top ten of the order of merit, the Australian Grace Kim (No. 3), the Korean Kum-Kang Park (No. 7), the Finnish Kiira Riihijarvi (No. 9) and the German Sophie Hausmann (No. 10).
Roberta Liti, who played all the first thirteen races of the season, had a fluctuating performance with the best result in 11th place in the IOA Championship, another seven placings between 24th and 64th and with five cuts suffered.
The competition was founded in Florida in 1981 under the name of Tampa Bay Mini Tour. It officially became known as the Futures Golf Tour in 1983 and from 1999 it was introduced as an official development tour of the LPGA Tour (the largest US circuit in the women’s golf).
Grace Park, Marilyn Lovander and Audra Burks were the first players to automatically qualify for the LPGA Tour by finishing first, second and third on the Futures Golf Tour Money List, respectively.
The minimum age to participate was lowered to 17 years before the 2006 season began. On July 18, 2007, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced that it had acquired the Futures Tour, which had previously been a licensee of the same, with immediate effect. .
Between the 2006 and 2010 seasons Duramed, a pharmaceutical company, was the official sponsor of the tour. From the 2012 season, the US insurance company Symetra was chosen as the new official sponsor and the circuit was subsequently renamed as Symetra Tour.