Annika Sorenstam to donate $ 50,000 to Symetra Tour players in need | Golf News and Tour Information
In her post-playing career, Annika Sorenstam has worked diligently to create playing opportunities for young women around the world. Today, her support for women’s golf has just reached a new level: through her foundation, she is donating $ 50,000 to Symetra Tour players as part of her new Crisis Relief Fund. of the ANNIKA Foundation. Players can apply, and 100 who demonstrate the need will receive $ 500 each. Basically, Sorenstam has created a stimulus package for Symetra Tour players.
The Symetra Tour is a fuel circuit for the LPGA Tour, as is the Korn Ferry for the PGA Tour. And while it is difficult for players on the main circuits to be out of work with tournaments suspended due to the coronavirus, the money is much tighter for those on the smaller circuits.
Event scholarships on the Symetra Tour range from $ 125,000 to $ 250,000. Players below 101 on the money list all won less than $ 10,000 in 2019. It’s hard to make a living with a busy schedule; reduce the year from 20 events to 12, without any events for months in the spring and early summer, and the need for a stimulus becomes evident.
To help alleviate financial difficulties, Golf week reported and the LPGA Tour confirmed that the Symetra Tour offers players a cash advance program, where players can take $ 2,000 now and pay it back with money earned throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
“So many of the ANNIKA Foundation alumni are participating in the Symetra Tour, doing all they can physically and financially to achieve their LPGA dreams,” said Sorenstam. “Our team is honored to be able to try to make a difference and give these players some piece of peace of mind during this break in tournament action.”
The plan is to maintain the fund after the initial cash is distributed to players around July 1, in case the need for additional financial support arises. Players can apply on This site, and people can also donate to the fund there.
The Symetra Tour plans to return July 24-16 at Fire Department Casino Hotel Championship.