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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tournament draws top women golfers

This year's $100,000 purse makes the Aurora Health Care Championship at Geneva National one of the top stops on the Futures Tour this year.

This year's tournament is May 30-June 1.

For the second consecutive year, the purse has increased by $10,000 for the Ladies Professional Golf Association developmental tour stop.
Activities at this year's event begin the week of May 26 and will include a qualifying round, Pro-Am and the three-day tournament, which begins on Friday, May 30.

One hundred forty-two golfers from around the world and two local amateur players will take to the Arnold Palmer course in their quests to gain coveted LPGA exemptions.

The developmental tour, known as the Duramed FUTURES Tour, includes 18 events across the country culminating in Oct. 17-19 at the Georgia Invitational in Braselton, Ga.

"The community, the region and Geneva National really roll out the red carpet, making it the most popular stop on the tour for these young women. The fact that the purse has increased 20 percent in two years is testament to its success," Tournament Director Howard Storck was quoted as saying in a news release.

"We're proud to help in the development of women's golf and pleased that the event's charitable proceeds will be used to help improve women's health care in Wisconsin."
The Duramed FUTURES Tour established itself as the Road to the LPGA, and in 1999 it was designated as the official developmental tour of the LPGA. In July 2007, it was acquired by the LPGA.

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