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FireKeepers Championship Kicks off the 2020 Symetra Tour Return

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FireKeepers Championship Kicks off the 2020 Symetra Tour Return

August 12
02:45 2020
The Official Qualifying Tour of the LPGA Safely Plays Out Despite the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

LONGWOOD, Fla. – August 4, 2020 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, officially resumed its 2020 competitive season over the weekend with the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship at Battle Creek Country Club in Battle Creek, Mich. This three-day event concluded with Ruixin Liu finishing in first place. 

Ending the competition at 13-under par, Liu walked away from the FireKeepers Championship with a $26,250 prize. The three golfers following her lead included:

  • Bailey Tardy, finishing second at 11-under par
  • Janie Jackson, finishing third at 10-under par
  • Gabrielle Shipley, finishing fourth at 9-under par

As golfer’s wrapped up the return event of the Symetra Tour, they also set their sights on the rest of the 2020 competitive season. With only seven legs of the tour remaining — two of which are sponsored by Insurance Office of America (IOA) — competitors, event coordinators, and partners are reeling with both excitement and hope.

“After seeing how things played out at the FireKeepers Championship, I couldn’t be more excited to watch the rest of the tour unfold,” said IOA co-founder John Ritenour. “Golfers have lost a lot of the season, but they haven’t lost focus. They’re all playing at the top of their game.”

After just recently announcing the postponement of the Guardian Championship on July 16, the Symetra Tour continues to monitor public health data as the competitions move forward, hoping to sustain the rest of the roster. Because of the persisting health crisis, up to five cards will be awarded at the close of the season — half of the amount normally available.

The next event on the tour, the Founders Tribute at Longbow, is still set to take place in Mesa, Ariz. August 14-16.

About John Ritenour   

John Ritenour founded Insurance Office of America (IOA), a full-service insurance agency, in 1988 alongside his wife, Valli. Under John’s leadership, IOA grew from $188,000 in revenue the first year to $120 million annually upon his retirement as IOA Chairman in 2018.

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About Insurance Office of America   

Founded in 1988 by John Ritenour and Valli Ritenour, Insurance Office of America (IOA) is one of the fastest-growing independent, full-service insurance agencies in the United States. IOA is ranked 13th on Insurance Journal’s 2019 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies report and 23rd on Business Insurance’s 2019 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list. IOA was named a National Underwriter Agency of the Year in 2018. Headquartered in Longwood, Florida, part of the greater Orlando community, IOA has more than 1,200 associates located in over 60 offices in the U.S. and London.

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About the Symetra Tour    

The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 40th competitive season in 2020. With the support of its entitlement partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to a record $4.0 million in prize money awarded in 2019. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 445 LPGA titles.

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