Leona Maguire gets her bid for LPGA status for next season back underway this week as she returns to the Symetra Tour circuit at the Forsyth Classic presented by Decatur Park District at Hickory Point Golf Club in Illinois.
The event is the 11th stop of 24 overall on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” where Maguire leads the charge and greeting the 144-player field in Decatur is a total purse of $200,000 with players set to compete in a 54-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner’s share for the event is $30,000.
The current top-10 players on the Volvik Race for the Card are in Decatur including current No. 1 Maguire and she is set to make her first start since the Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez and arrives in Macon County in search of a third win on the season.
“It was great to spend a week at home in Ireland after six weeks on the road,” said Maguire, a two-time Symetra Tour champion this season at the Windsor Golf Classic and Symetra Classic. “I got to check-in with my coach, spend time with family and friends, and feel refreshed and ready to play this week. I’m looking forward to returning where I started my Symetra Tour career last year, lots of good memories with a top-five finish and hole-in-one.”
Coming off her first victory as a pro at the Four Winds Invitational, Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) adds to the firepower in the group. She has four straight top-five finishes and hopes to keep the streak alive in Central Illinois. The incredible run has launched her 27 spots in the Volvik Race for the Card all the way to No. 2. A past Symetra Tour graduate in 2013, Delacour has 68 career starts on the LPGA Tour.
Defending champion Isi Gabsa (Munich, Germany) is not among the competitors, as she was a 2018 Symetra Tour graduate. One of seven top-15 performances for Gabsa on the season, the win helped land her at No. 9 in the Volvik Race for the Card.
Action gets underway at 7:30 a.m. CT today and you can follow the scoring HERE