Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic preview

By on July 15, 2019

The 15th stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Brook-Lea Country Club in Gates for the fifth annual Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic from July 18 through 21.

“Women’s professional golf has been a staple in the Rochester community for 43 straight years now and we are extremely proud that the Symetra Tour can keep the tradition running in this region,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “The tournament staff is devoted to growing this event and making it one for all to enjoy, providing a true LPGA Tour family atmosphere.” Greeting the 144-player field in Rochester is a total purse of $175,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 72-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 $26,250.

Tournament chairman Mike Vadala said, “It is hard to believe five years has passed since we lost our friend Danielle Downey. She would be so proud of all the good that we are doing for players on Tour, young female golfers from the area, all women in Rochester, and patients receiving treatment from the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation.” Downey, who grew up in Spencerport and played golf professionally, was killed in a car accident in January 2014.

Defending champion Eun Jeong Seong (Yongin, Republic of Korea) is among the competitors and the win was one of six top-25 finishes in her rookie campaign. So far this year, she owns a season-best tied for sixth performance at the Symetra Classic.

“It was a great feeling to earn my first professional victory at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic,” Seong said. “I will always remember the experience and am excited to return and try to defend the title. It will not be easy, but with the great support of the Rochester fans, I will give it my all to make a run.”

Action gets underway at 7:30 a.m. all four days with play starting off Number 1 and Number 10 tees in the first and second round. Meanwhile, all groups will head off Number 1 tee in twosomes for both the third and final rounds with a trophy presentation to follow on Number 18 green.

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