LPGA Returns To Arkansas for the Symetra Tour’s Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout April 26-28
Murphy USA is excited to announce the 2019 Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout dates. For the first time, the El Dorado Shootout will be held in the Spring. El Dorado has hosted the Symetra Tour in the Fall for four years. This will be the first time the Symetra Tour will be able to experience all South Arkansas has to offer in the Springtime. Since hosting the first El Dorado Shootout Tournament in 2015, this event has become a favorite among both the female athletes on the Tour and those living in the South Arkansas community.
The 2019 Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout presented by PepsiCo will be held April 26th through 28th at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado. Numerous activities will occur throughout the week leading into the Tournament, including a Junior Clinic for children ages six to eighteen and Pro-Am scrambles that pair Symetra Tour professionals with various local and national sponsors.
This April will mark the fifth year that Murphy USA and the El Dorado community will host the 54-hole stroke-play format event, which has been recognized for two consecutive years as the Sporting Event of the Year by the Arkansas Festivals & Events Association. Each year, the El Dorado Shootout welcomes a player field comprised of the top aspiring female professional golfers from around the world. Competitors will vie for a $150,000 total purse, in which the winner will earn $22,500 and take a significant step toward obtaining her LPGA Tour Card for the 2020 season. The top 10 players on the year-end Volvik Race for the Card money list receive their full-time LPGA Tour Cards for the following season. Symetra Tour players have gone on to win 428 LPGA Tour events, including 46 major championships.
Not only does hosting this high-profile professional Tournament provide El Dorado with a valuable platform to showcase its incredible downtown, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues; it is also an important way for these young women to pursue their dreams of professional golf success. This event also provides the opportunity to give back to the community, as each year one El Dorado charity is chosen to benefit from the Tournament.
The reason for the change in Tournament timing is exciting as it is to accommodate construction of a new clubhouse at Mystic Creek. By moving the El Dorado Shootout to April of 2019 and back to the Fall in 2020, Mystic Creek will have the 18 months needed to complete construction of a new clubhouse prior to the 2020 tournament. The world-class golf course looks forward to the benefits that the beautiful new clubhouse will bring.
Mystic Creek Golf Club was designed by acclaimed golf architect Ken Dye. The par-72 course with its Champion Bermuda greens and Celebration Bermuda fairways is considered challenging. Many of the Symetra Tour athletes describe Mystic as the best course they play all year and respect its level of difficulty.
For more information about the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout visit the Tournament’s website at www.eldoradoshootout.com.
About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its umbrella 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 $1.7M in prize money to $3M in prize money awarded over the course of 21 tournaments. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 433 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.