MESA, AZ – Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. will host a new tournament August 27-29, 2020 as part of the LPGA’s recently announced revised 2020 LPGA Symetra Tour schedule. The Symetra Tour will announce the official name and sponsor of the new event in the coming weeks.
Longbow Golf Club previously hosted the Symetra Tour Gateway Classic from 2013-2015 and in 2017. The 2015 event was particularly noteworthy as Hannah O’Sullivan became the youngest winner in Symetra Tour history (16 years, 9 months, 11 days) and retains the distinction as the youngest ever and most recent amateur to capture a Symetra Tour title.
“This is an exciting development for Longbow Golf Club and for the surrounding community,” said Bob McNichols, developer of Longbow Business Park and Golf Club. “We’re thrilled to once again host the Symetra Tour at Longbow Golf Club, while bringing LPGA and Symetra Tour players, tournament officials and visitors to Mesa, nearby hotels and restaurants in late August. Because of the cancellation of the Volvik LPGA Founders Cup in March, the Symetra Tour event in August will be the only opportunity for LPGA competitive women’s golf to be played in Arizona in the year 2020. We look forward to working with the LPGA Founders Cup, Symetra Tour staff and supporters in filling a void by bringing this new event to Arizona.”
The 2020 Symetra Tour season is scheduled to restart July 8-10 in Maineville, Ohio at the Prasco Charity Championship, postponed two weeks from its initial dates. A total of 16 tournaments will be played on the revamped “Road to the LPGA” slate, compared to 20 on the original calendar. The season-ending Symetra Tour Championship will now be played November 3-6 in Davidson, North Carolina at River Run Country Club.
Longbow Golf Club is no stranger to hosting competitive events and tournaments. The Ken Kavanaugh-designed golf course has hosted the AJGA Ping Heather Farr Classic for 10-plus years, has been the host site of the LPGA Symetra Tour Gateway Classic, as well as tournaments for the AGA, USGA, NCAA, NJCAA, AJGA, JGAA as well as high school practice and competition and is the instruction home of the Fisher Bryan Golf Academy and a major instruction programming site for The First Tee of Phoenix.
Longbow Golf Club recently hosted The Cactus Tour “Battle at Longbow” April 27-29. Gilbert, Ariz. resident and LPGA professional Mina Harigae continued her dominating play at Longbow Golf Club in all three rounds of competition. Harigae shot 9, 8 and 7-under-par rounds, established a new scoring record for The Cactus Tour and for competition at Longbow Golf Club, posting a three-day total score of 192, 24-under par for the 54-hole tournament. Harigae’s 24-under was nine shots better that Sophia Popov, who came into the tournament fresh off two straight wins.
For more information on the Symetra Tour, visit www.symetratour.com. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit www.longbowgolf.com or call 480-807-5400.