30th Anniversary of Tour Features First Full-Field International Event
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 17, 2009 - The LPGA's developmental tour, the Duramed FUTURES Tour, announced today its 2010 tournament schedule. The 30th anniversary season of the Tour will feature a total purse of nearly $2 million as well as its first full-field international event, to be held in Mexico.
The Duramed FUTURES Tour will bring the world's top young women golfers to 17 events in 2010. The schedule includes 16 returning tournaments, to be held in 13 states, in addition to Mexico. For the first time in the Tour's history, all stops on the Tour will boast purse amounts of $100,000 and over, including a $150,000 purse for the Mexico Classic.
"As we look back over the past 30 years, we have made tremendous strides toward our mission of preparing the world's best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour," said Zayra F. Calderon, CEO of the Duramed FUTURES Tour. "With 16 returning events and an official tournament outside the U.S., for the first time, we once again deliver a viable schedule that will enable the top talent to emerge."
The 2010 season will kick off in March with the Florida's Natural Charity Classic in Winter Haven, Fla. The tour then heads south of the border for the inaugural Mexico Classic in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Back in the states, the Tour returns to Florida for the Daytona Beach Invitational, and then heads west to the Lone Star state for two events, the Historic Brownsville Open and the Texas Hill Country Classic in San Antonio.
Up next is the Tour's Midwest swing, with the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship, the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Marion, Iowa, and The Duramed Championship in Mason, Ohio. In its 26th year, the Tour's only major championship, the Duramed FUTURES Players Championship, will take place in Decatur, Ill., followed by City of Hammond Classic in Indiana.
Kentucky will host the Crooked Creek Classic for the third year before the Tour moves on to the Northeast, with stops in Bloomfield, Conn., and Concord, N.H. The Alliance Bank Golf Classic will celebrate its 15th consecutive year in Syracuse, N.Y., followed by stops in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The 2010 Duramed FUTURES Tour season will conclude for the fifth year in Albany, N.Y., August 30-September 5, with 2011 LPGA memberships awarded to 10 players after the final round.
Key highlights of the 2010 schedule include:
• Total season purse of nearly $2 million.
• Total average purse of nearly $113,000, compared to $105,588 for 17 events in 2009.
• Five tournaments with purses equal to or more than $120,000, including one tournament with the highest purse in the Tour's regular-season history at $150,000.
• Three tournaments with purses boosted by $10,000, with one event elevated by $15,000, and one by $20,000.
• Schedule contains 17 events in 13 states and two countries (United States and Mexico).
• Return of four tournament cities hosting the Tour for 10 or more years, including Syracuse, N.Y., for the 15th consecutive year and the Tour's longest-running tournament, 26 years, in Decatur, Ill.
For the 2010 Duramed FUTURES Tour schedule, please visit the link below:
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