Third race in Florida for the Epson Tour 2024

Among the participants are sisters Angelica and Benedetta Moresco, alongside a competitive field that includes nine of the top ten players in the Race For The Card standings

by Andrea Gussoni
SHARE
Third race in Florida for the Epson Tour 2024
© Getty Images Sport - Dylan Buell / Stringer

The Epson Tour heads to Florida for its third event of the season, following the pattern set by the first two tournaments that kicked off the season. From March 21st to 23rd, the Atlantic Beach Classic will take place, featuring a 54-hole competition.

Among the participants are sisters Angelica and Benedetta Moresco, alongside a competitive field that includes nine of the top ten players in the Race For The Card standings.

Epson Tour, schedule

The Race For The Card standings determine the top 15 players who will earn LPGA Tour cards at the end of the year, with ten full cards (category 9) and five conditional cards (category 15).

The tournament will be held at the Atlantic Beach Country Club, located in the city from which the club takes its name. The first two winners of the season, Valery Plata from Colombia (victorious at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic) and Jessica Peng from Taiwan (winner of the previous IOA Golf Classic), will be looking to secure back-to-back victories.

However, they face stiff competition from the players ranked fourth to tenth in the standings: Lindsey McCurdy, Australian Cassie Porter, Jenny Bae, Korean Kum-Kang Park, Dutch player Dewi Weber, Taiwanese Heather Lin, and Mariel Galdiano (with Slovenian Ana Belac, ranked 2nd, absent).

Noteworthy contenders in the strong field include Becca Huffer, Gigi Stol, Laura Wearn, Jillian Hollis, Cydney Clanton, Colombian Mariajo Uribe, Puerto Rican Maria Torres, Indian Diksha Dagar, and Chinese player Miranda Wang.

The total prize purse for the tournament is $300,000. The Epson Tour, formerly recognized as the LPGA Futures Tour, underwent several name changes due to sponsorship arrangements, known as the Duramed Futures Tour from 2006 to 2010 and as the Symetra Tour from 2012 to 2021.

It serves as the official developmental golf tour for the LPGA Tour, providing a platform for professional women golfers and qualified amateurs to hone their skills and progress in their careers. The tour traces its origins back to Florida in 1981 when it was established as the "Tampa Bay Mini Tour." It officially adopted the name "Futures Golf Tour" in 1983 and gained national recognition in 1999 as the designated "official developmental tour" of the LPGA Tour, the premier professional women's golf tour in the United States.

Several notable players, including Grace Park, Marilyn Lovander, and Audra Burks, earned automatic LPGA Tour exempt status by securing top positions on the Futures Golf Tour Money List. Over the years, there have been significant developments in tour regulations and sponsorship arrangements.

The minimum age for participation was lowered to 17 before the 2006 season. In July 2007, the LPGA announced its acquisition of the Futures Tour, bringing women's professional golf under a single organizational umbrella. Duramed served as the tour's title sponsor from 2006 to 2010, after which the tour was briefly known as the "LPGA Futures Tour" in 2011.

Symetra, an American insurance provider, assumed title sponsorship in 2012, leading to the tour being named the "Symetra Tour" until 2021. In January 2022, Epson America Inc. entered into a five-year title sponsorship agreement with the LPGA, resulting in the tour being rebranded as the Epson Tour.

These changes reflect the ongoing evolution and growth of women's professional golf, providing opportunities for players to compete and progress towards the highest levels of the sport.

SHARE