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DAYTONA BEACH - The Symetra Tour, the junior circuit of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, wraps up its season here this weekend with the final round on Sunday.
This is the first time the tour's season-ending event will be at LPGA International. The Daytona Beach Invitational is sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is the last chance for the golfers to reach the top 10 in the money list and exempt status for the 2013 LPGA Tour.
The field of 144 players is vying for a total purse of $125,000, tied for the second largest purse this year on the tour and the highest in the event's four-year history. A tournament cut will be made after 36 holes, which should be at the end of Friday weather permitting, to the low 70 scores and ties.
All 20 players in the Volvik top-20 rankings were on the event's preliminary roster and will be contending to improve their season earnings one last time. Only $383 dollars currently separate No. 10 Leah Wigger and No. 11 Jaclyn Sweeney.
Players in the current top 10 in the Volvik Race for the Card rankings set to play are No. 1 Esther Choe, No. 2 Victoria Elizabeth, No. 3 Paola Moreno, No. 4 Mi Hyang Lee, No. 5 Julia Boland, No. 6 Jenny Suh, No. 7 Jenny Gleason, No. 8 Nicole Smith, No. 9 Sara Brown and No. 10. Leah Wigger. Rankings are subject to change with the conclusion of last week's Vidalia Championship.
A golfer from Embry-Riddle is scheduled to compete as well as Moriya Jutanugarn, who won the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Championship (SALLY) in January at Oceanside County Club in Ormond Beach.
General admission for the tournament is $10 per day at the gate. Kids 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
For information, go online to SymetraTour.com.