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LPGA Volvik Race for the Card

June 20

Congratulations to Volvik staff player Marina Choi on her 3rd place finish at the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA developmental tour and Road to the LPGA. (Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour and the sponsor of the Volvik Race for the Card that awards 10 LPGA Tour cards to the Top 10 Symetra Tour players annually). Marina shot 70-70-71 with her Volvik S3 golf ball to finish 5 under par to secure the 3rd place finish and move up to 23rd on the Symetra Tour money list. Way to go Marina!

 

June 6

Volvik staffer Michelle Piyapattra finished 3rd at the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills in Albany NY. Michelle fired 69-68-68 in the 3-day event to finish -8, just one shot back from the eventual winner. 

October 19

The Volvik Race for the Card on the Symetra Tour Concludes with 10 Players Earning LPGA Tour Cards

Volvik Staff Player Casey Grice Fulfills Lifelong Dream, Finishes 9th

Following the Symetra Tour Championship held at LPGA International golf club Sunday, the Top 10 Symetra Tour players on the money list were awarded full status on the 2016 LPGA Tour in the Volvik Race for the Card ceremony.

The Symetra Tour is the official developmental golf tour of the LPGA Tour and awards 10 LPGA Tour cards to the top finishing players on the Symetra Tour. Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour and the sponsor for the Volvik Race for the Card.

The Volvik Race for the Card came down to the wire in Daytona with only two of the 10 spots being a lock headed into the Symetra Tour Championship. Twenty players had a shot at earning one of the remaining eight spots that were not previously secured. 

Volvik staff player Casey Grice finished 9th in the Volvik Race for the Card, the 4th Volvik staff player to graduate from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA Tour since 2012. Grice is 24-years-old University of North Carolina alumna who is from College Station, Texas.

The other Volvik players to earn their LPGA Tour cards through the Volvik Race for the Card process are Mi Hynag Lee, Victoria Elizabeth and Christine Song. Grice also was presented with the Heather Wilbur Spirit Award as voted on by her peers after the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship.

“It’s huge,” said Grice. “It’s a dream come true. Since I started playing golf the LPGA is what I’ve been shooting for and so to now know I have my card secured for 2016 there’s really no words right now.”’

The Volvik Race for the Card ceremony was emceed by the Golf Channel’s Damon Hack and featured an award presentation by 72-time LPGA Tour winner Annika Sorenstam. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan provided an impassioned speech and presented the tour cards to the tour players with Volvik INC CEO Kyung Ahn Moon. Symetra Tour Chief Business Officer Mike Nichols made the exciting announcement that Symetra has extended their title sponsorship through 2021.

The Bellevue, Washington-based life insurance company will continue its role as the umbrella sponsor of the Symetra Tour for four additional years and also announced a purse subsidy program projected to increase average event purses by 25% in 2016. Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Symetra Classic. The company then secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. Formally known as the LPGA Futures Tour, the Symetra Tour has served as the LPGA’s official developmental tour since 1999. 

The top 10 finishers on the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card money list will play full-time on the LPGA Tour through category nine on the LPGA priority list. The big move up the leaderboard on Sunday came from Brianna Do, who closed at 13-under for the weekend and solo second for the second consecutive week. Do jumped from No. 12 to No. 3 on the final money list. Two weeks ago, Do was 18th on the money list and used back-to-back second place finishes to earn her card. She was 22-under over the last seven rounds to earn her card. Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong won the Symetra Tour Championship with a 5-under 67. It was her first career win on U.S. soil. 

The ceremony featured a huge Volvik Race for the Card logo made entirely out of Volvik golf balls and featured banners of LPGA Tour players who earned their way to the LPGA Tour via the Symetra Tour. With more than 500 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 371 LPGA titles, including 40 major championships. After the ceremony, the Top 10 players followed the tradition of jumping into the pool at LPGA International.

A Closer Look at the 10 New LPGA Tour Players:

1.    Annie Park - Levittown, New York, University of Southern California, 20-years-old, $68,673 Park came onto the scene in mid-June after finishing her junior season at USC. She finished T19 at her first professional event (Four Winds Invitational). One month later, she won her first professional event at the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic, holding off a late surge by Vicky Hurst. Two weeks later, Park proved that her first win was far from a fluke as she captured the PHC Classic in a playoff over Lee Lopez. In early September, Park won the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic. Park is the only player in the top 10 that played in fewer than 15 events. Park on Earning her LPGA Tour Card “It means a lot to earn my card. It has been a lifelong dream to play on Tour and to finally get status is unbelievable. I still can’t believe that I got my card, but I’m going to have to believe it next year.”

2. Giulia Molinaro - Treviso, Italy, Arizona State University, 25-years-old, $68,673 Molinaro graduated from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA in 2013. After struggling on the LPGA in 2014, she decided to return to the Symetra Tour to try and earn full exempt status again. Molinaro flourished right away with a third place finish at the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club. She had a tie for second and a tie for sixth at the third and fourth events of the year and went onto record nine total top 10 finishes. She finished third on Tour in scoring average and had a stretch with five straight top-5 finishes between mid-June and mid-July. Molinaro has made 23 career LPGA Tour starts. Molinaro on Earning her LPGA Tour Card: “It’s a honor to be back on the LPGA and having the opportunity to be back with the best in the world. The Symetra Tour has given me the perfect platform to improve and grow in my golf game.”

3. Brianna Do - Lakewood, California, UCLA, 25-years-old, $64,877 Do saved her best for last closing the season with a solo second at the Symetra Tour Championship after a runner-up showing at the penultimate IOA Golf Classic. Do also added four more top-10s on her season including a runner-up showing at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial. Do on earning her LPGA Tour card: “I’m overwhelmed with all kinds of different emotions. I’m excited. I’m relieved. It’s just a crazy moment right now and I’m trying to soak it in.”

4. Daniela Iacobelli - Melbourne, Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, 27-years-old, $62,692 The turning point of Iacobelli’s season was when she won the inaugural Tullymore Classic in early July. In her next two starts she finished T14 and T7. In mid-August, Iacobelli finished fourth to put her firmly in the top 10. After stumbling with two missed cuts in the Midwest that put her LPGA hopes in jeopardy, Iacobelli closed with a T3 finish in Arkansas, a T6 finish in Longwood and a T14 finish in Daytona to easily earn her Tour card for 2016. This is the second time Iaocbelli has earned her card through the Symetra Tour. She won the 2012 Daytona Beach Invitational to move from 22nd to fifth. Iacobelli made 15 starts on the LPGA Tour in 2013 with her best finish coming at the RR Donnelley Founds Cup, a tie for 29th. Iacobelli on Earning her Tour Card: “It’s a good feeling to finish what I set out to do in the beginning of the year. That was my main goal starting the year back out in Arizona. That seems like years ago really but it’s a good feeling to know that all of the hard work came through this year.

5. Dani Holmqvist – Stockholm, Sweden, University of California (Berkeley), 27-years-old, $62,160 Holmqvist began her march towards the top-10 with a victory at the Island Resort Championship and entered the Midwest Swing at No. 17 on the money list. She then caught fire by finishing second at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge to move to fifth and then finished in a tie for sixth at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic and a tie for fourth at the Garden City Charity Classic before a T8 at the IOA Golf Classic all but locked up her spot in the final top-10. Holmqvist on earning her LPGA Tour card: “It means a lot. I played some events last year on conditional status but it felt like it wasn’t for real.  This time I’m really excited.

6. Lee Lopez - Whittier, California, UCLA, 25-years-old, $61,731 Lopez was one of the most consistent players on Tour. Although she did not win an event, she posted nine top 10 finishes and 13 top 20’s. Lopez started the year on fire. She finished in the top five in four of the first five events and never looked back. She nearly won the Volvik Championship (lost in playoff) and the PHC Classic (lost in playoff). Lopez qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open and made the cut. She also made an ace in the third round that was the top play on Sportscenter’s Top 10. Lopez ranked fifth on Tour in scoring average. Lopez on earning her LPGA Tour Card: “The ultimate goal was to get my card, a lot of people asked me if it bothered me not to win, but there are a lot of girls that won that won’t get a card. My goal was to keep getting better and stronger and let the results take care of themselves and I think they did. I don’t think it’s sunk in just yet but it’s definitely a dream come true. I remember watching Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam compete at the Kraft Nabisco when I was 14-years-old and to know that I’ll get a shot to do what they were able to do for so many years is exciting. I can’t wait.”

7. Alejandra Llaneza – Mexico City, Mexico, University of Arizona, 27-years-old, $61,289 Llaneza earned a victory in the sixth event of the year, the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic, to climb into the top-10 and didn’t look back en route to earning her 2016 LPGA Tour Card. The Arizona grad was one of the most consistent players on Tour as she made 17 of 19 cuts adding five additional top-10 finishes including a T8 at the Symetra Tour Championship. Llaneza on earning her LPGA Tour card: “It means a lot. I’m really excited and I can’t wait for what this new opportunity is going to bring. I’m really excited.”

8. Vicky Hurst – Melbourne, Florida, 25-years-old, $57,814 Hurst had a slow start to the 2015 Symetra Tour season before exploding in mid-July. Hurst’s run started with a runner-up showing at the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic and marked a seven event stretch where she didn’t finish outside of the top-14. The strong stretch of play was highlighted by a pair of victories at the W.B. Mason Championship and the Garden City Charity Classic. The wins were the fifth and sixth of her career on the Symetra Tour. Hurst on earning her LPGA Tour card: “It feels really great to be back on Tour. I worked really hard through the injury and the ups-and-downs of golf. It’s a relief to be back on Tour. I’ve got my game back and I’m looking forward to keep improving for next year.”

9. Casey Grice - College Station, Texas, University of North Carolina, 24-years-old, $55,621 Grice posted nine top 10 finishes throughout the season including four during the Midwest Swing towards the end of the season. Her best was a solo second at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic. In just her second season, Grice led the Tour in total birdies and total eagles. Grice earned conditional LPGA Tour status at LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2014 when she finished T21. Grice on earning her LPGA Tour card: “It’s huge. It’s a dream come true. Since I started playing golf the LPGA is what I’ve been shooting for and so to now know I have my card secured for 2016 there’s really no words right now.”’

10. Rachel Rohanna – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Ohio State University, 24-years-old, $53,867 Rohanna captured the first victory of her career at the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay to ignite her run towards her 2016 LPGA Tour Card. The Pennsylvania native added five additional top-10 finishes including a third at the Symetra Classic and a T4 at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge. She finished $284 in front of Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu. Rohanna on earning her LPGA Tour card: “I’m really happy with how I played this year but I know there’s a lot that I have to work on for next year and I’m just looking forward to competing at the highest level.”

August 11, 2015

Volvik Brand Ambassadors have been playing lights out this season on the Symetra Tour!

So far this season, professionals on the tour playing Volvik golf balls have earned 2 runner up finishes, 7 Top 5 finishes and 14 Top 10 finishes in 16 events played. Volvik has the only program on the Symetra Tour designed to reward players for their performance with cash incentives.  So far this year, their Drive Further performance incentive has earned Volvik players over $5000!

·         Marina Choi has three Top 10 finishes playing Volvik including a career best Top 3 finish

·         Laura Kueny earned $1500 with a T2 finish at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial with her Volvik S3

·         Stephanie Kono has earned a T4 and T9 this year, including a top finish at the Volvik            Championship

·          Becca Huffer earned $750 with her Top 5 finish at the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Course

·         Longtime Volvik Ambassador Alice Kim earned $500 with a T8 at the Mission Health Wellness           Classic

·         Casey Grice, who has split status on the LPGA and Symetra, is currently 8th in the Volvik Race for the Card with 5 Top 10 finishes playing Volvik this year (2nd, T4, T5, T7 T8)

·         LPGA Tour player Victoria Elizabeth has a T5 and a T6 on the 2015 Symetra Tour

 

Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour in addition to the sponsor of the Volvik Race for the Card, where 10 players earn an LPGA Tour card every year. Volvik is the only company to offer free golf balls to any player with Symetra Tour status and is also the range ball provider for every Symetra Tour event. Any Symetra Tour player that finishes in the Top 10 in the Volvik Race for the Card at the end of the season can automatically earn an LPGA Tour contract with Volvik for the following year. 

 

May 18, 2015

Staff Players Earn Two T8 Finishes on Symetra Tour

Two Volvik Staff Players finished in the T8 at the Mission Health Wellness Classic this past weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. Casey Grice shot 70-71-67 and Alice Kim shot 70-70-68 over the three rounds. Both players tied for 8th place and came in at 8 under par for the weekend. Grice plays a Yellow S3 and Kim plays a Orange S3 golf balls. Due to a second place finish last weekend, Grice maintains the number seven spot in the Volvik Race for the Card money list. This marks her 5th career T10 finish on the Symetra Tour.

Rank

Previous Rank

Player

Official Money

Events Played

1

1

Llaneza , Alejandra

$35,969.00

5

2

10

Kang , Jimin

$32,932.00

4

3

3

Do , Brianna

$31,118.00

7

4

2

Lopez , Lee

$27,502.00

7

5

6

Leblanc , Maude-Aimee

$25,237.00

7

6

4

James , Augusta

$24,285.00

7

7

7

Grice , Casey

$24,193.00

7

8

5

Rohanna , Rachel

$23,939.00

6

9

8

Kim , Sue

$20,201.00

3

10

14

Iacobelli , Daniela

$19,999.00

7

11

16

Benvenuto , Brittany

$19,589.00

7

12

9

Kempter , Katie

$19,326.00

7

13

11

Molinaro , Giulia

$18,789.00

4

14

12

McChrystal , Megan

$16,054.00

7

15

13

Italia , Haley

$15,697.00

7

16

18

Reynolds , Jean

$14,033.00

7

17

15

Kueny , Laura

$13,655.00

6

18

17

Henderson , Brittany

$12,783.00

6

19

19

Gulugian , Ani

$12,707.00

7

20

38

Agnew , Lacey

$12,678.00

7

 

 

May 12, 2015

Volvik Staffer Casey Grice Finishes 2nd On Symetra Tour

Volvik Staff Player Casey Grice finished 2nd on the Symetra Tour this weekend after shooting nine below par at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic. Grice plays Volvik’s S3 golf ball in Yellow, a 95-compression tour ball that has tested as one of the straightest and hence longest tour balls on the market.

With her impressive finish this weekend at The Links at Stoney Point in South Carolina, Grice moved from 46th to 7th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The Top 10 players on the Symetra Tour money list earn their LPGA Tour cards at the end of the season in the Volvik Race for the Card.

This is Grice's 4th career Top 10 finish on the Symetra Tour. Players using Volvik golf balls have earned two runner-up finishes and four Top 5 finishes on the 2015 Symetra Tour.

In the last three Symetra Tour seasons, over 40 different Symetra Tour professionals played Volvik golf balls in tournament play, leading the golf ball manufacturer to three LPGA Tour cards, four victories and more than 30 Top 10 finishes.

 

April 20, 2015

Kueny Runner Up on Symetra Tour

On the Symetra Tour this week, Volvik Ambassador Laura Kueny finished -6 to score a T2 finish at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial in Ft. Myers, FL. Kueny was playing the Volvik S3 golf ball. Kueny skyrocketed from 86th to 9th in the Volvik Race for the Card standings with her runner-up finish!

 

March 5, 2015

Katie Kempter Wins 3rd Annual Volvik Championship

Symetra Tour player Katie Kempter won the third annual Volvik Championship Sunday after birdies on the final three holes and surviving two playoff holes at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon this past Sunday. The victory was Kempter’s first ever professional victory. Kempter earns the winner’s check of $15,000 and moves into second place on the Volvik Race for the Card money list after two events with a total of $15,291.

“It is a little surreal,” said the 27-year-old Kempter. “I didn’t know what to think when I realized I won, but this is very special.”

Volvik had 11 professionals using their golf balls at the Volvik Championship. Volvik Ambassador Stephanie Kono earned her second Top 10 in two events on the young season. She eagled the 14th hole with a hole-out from 131 yards in the windy conditions with her Volvik S3 golf ball. Volvik staffer Becca Huffer aced the 17th hole at Tukwet Canyon Saturday with her Pink S3 golf ball.

 

February 26, 2015

Staff Players Earn Two T4 Finishes on LPGA and Symetra Tour

At the season opener on the Symetra Tour event in Mesa, Arizona, Volvik staff players Stephanie Kono and Becca Huffer both earned T4 finishes to open their season-long quest to gain an LPGA Tour card in the Volvik Race for the Card.

 

October 8, 2013

Volvik Staff Player Christine Song Earns LPGA Tour Card in Symetra Tour's Volvik Race for the Card

Volvik staff player Christine Song of Fullerton, CA earned her 2014 LPGA Tour Card in the Volvik Race for the Card on the Symetra Tour Sept. 30th .

Song was the only player to win twice this year on the Symetra Tour, helping her to a #4 finish in the Volvik Race for the Card and to earn her fully exempt status on the 2014 LPGA Tour. Song plays a Yellow Volvik Vista 4-piece golf ball.

 "I had one of my best years this year and I'm very happy and fortunate to have won twice and earn my 2014 LPGA Tour card" said Song. "Volvik was a big help for me this year. I can see the ball better in the air and on the green. I think it gave me a better feel around the greens especially a truer roll off the face of the putter. Lastly it helps me with one of my strengths of hitting the ball straight."

Song's last win was the 5th victory for a player using Volvik golf balls in the past year on the LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour and the 8th victory for Volvik worldwide since 2012.

The 2013 Symetra Tour graduates in the Volvik Race for the Card are, in order of finish: No.1 P.K. Kongkraphan ($47,283), No. 2 Giulia Molinaro ($39,848), No. 3 Marina Alex ($39,804), No. 4 Christine Song ($39,309), No. 5 Cydney Clanton ($38,861), No. 6 Sue Kim ($37,850), No. 7 Hannah Jun ($36,810), No. 8 Perrine Delacour ($34,577), No. 9 Alena Sharp ($34,120) and No. 10 Jacyln Sweeney ($33,609).

The race began at the season-opening VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic and concluded at the Symetra Tour Championship Presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During the 15 events on the 2013 schedule, the Road to the LPGA saw 14 different winners as players jockeyed to earn a position inside the top-10 of the Volvik Race for the Card.

This year’s graduating class join an elite list of fellow Symetra Tour graduates that include 2012 Rolex Player of the Year Inbee Park, 27-time LPGA Tour winner Lorena Ochoa, 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Vicky Hurst and two-time LPGA Tour winner Christina Kim.

In addition to the top 10 players on the money list earning their LPGA Tour earns, the next 10 players on the Tour’s money list who do not already have LPGA Tour status, earned automatic entry into Stage III of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The tournament will take place at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., set for December 4th – 8th.

Song will join a staff of Volvik players on the LPGA Tour next year that averaged a Top 10 finish in 77% of every LPGA Tour event in 2013.

In the last 20 LPGA Tour events, players using Volvik colored golf balls have earned one Victory, 17 Top 10 finishes (including nine Top 5's) and 34 total Top 25 finishes.

 

October 8, 2013

Volvik's Chairman Moon Honored by LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour for Helping to Grow Women's Golf

The Symetra Tour, the Futures Tour for the LPGA Tour, announced it has awarded longstanding partner Kyung Ahn Moon, Chairman of Volvik INC, with the 2013 Eloise Trainor Award. 

The Symetra Tour established the Trainor Award in 1999, in honor of its founder and former president, Eloise Trainor, who retired in 1999. In the spirit of Trainor, who operated the tour for 20 years, the annual Trainor Award is presented to an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to women’s golf.

“Since Volvik has signed-on to partner with both the LPGA and Symetra Tours, they have been committed to raising the profile of women’s golf around the world,” said Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour, Mike Nichols. “Here on the Symetra Tour, as the official golf ball, title sponsor of our penultimate event, and sponsor of our season long Volvik Race for the Card, they have paved the way for women to chase their dreams of playing on the LPGA Tour.” 

Volvik is known as the number one colored golf ball on Tour and since 2012, its players combined to record 45 top-10 finishes and five victories on the LPGA and Symetra Tour.

"I humbly accept the Eloise Trainor Award for helping to grow women's golf," said Chairman of Volvik INC Kyung Ahn Moon. "Being the first South Korean born winner of this award is such a great honor and should let people know just how much women's golf has been an inspiration to our country and our company. As the chairman of Volvik, we gear our products to accommodate women  golfers who are seeking a combination of fun and performance in their game. We need the game to be more accessible to women in order to expand and I am excited to be a part of this movement."

Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour and is also the sponsor of the Volvik Race for the Card, where the Top 10 players on the Symetra Tour money list earn their LPGA Tour cards for the following season. At every Symetra Tour event, the driving range is covered in Volvik's colorful high-performance 3-piece and 4-piece golf balls for all Symetra Tour players to practice with. Over 20 players are using Volvik colored golf balls on the 2013 Symetra Tour. Volvik players earned two Victories, eight Top 10 finishes and 20 Top 25 finishes  in 2013.

 

August 20, 2103

Christine Song Wins Symetra Tour Eagle Classic for 2nd Win with Volvik in 2013

Richmond, Virginia - Volvik staff player Christine Song fired a final-round 1-under 71 to earn her second victory of 2013 using a Yellow Volvik Vista 4-piece golf ball at the Eagle Classic Presented by Bag Boy Sunday.

Song finished  the tournament at 8-under-par and took home a 3-stroke victory. This week’s victory marked Song’s second win on Tour this season, making her the first player to earn multiple trips to the winner’s circle on the 2013 Symetra Tour. With the victory, Song is making a valiant attempt to earn her way back to the LPGA Tour. In 2009, Song finished No. 6 on the Volvik Race for the Card standings, earning her conditional LPGA status for the 2010 season. She then decided to primarily focus on the Symetra Tour in 2010 and won two events which proved to be good enough to land her third on the season-ending Volvik Race for the Card standings earning her full-status on the 2011 LPGA Tour. Song entered the Eagle Classic Presented by Bag Boy at No. 16 on the Volvik Race for the Card, but the commanding victory catapulted her to No. 2 in the Race. 

"It would mean so much,” said Song of returning to the LPGA. “I don’t want to play here for too long and I just want to see all my friends out there too and play well. To be honest, I really scrambled a lot this week and the last two days. There’s nothing like my first win but it still feels really good."

 

The win was the 5th victory for a player using Volvik golf balls in the past year on the LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour and the 8th victory for Volvik worldwide since 2012.

Over 20 players are using Volvik colored golf balls on the 2013 Symetra Tour. Volvik players have now earned two Victories, eight Top 10 finishes and 19 Top 25 finishes so far in 2013.

There are only two events remaining on the Symetra Tour, the Volvik Championship at Reunion Resort in Orlando Sept. 20-22 and the Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International Sept. 26-29.

It was the Fullerton, Calif. natives fourth Symetra Tour victory. It was also the fourth Symetra Tour victory by a player playing a Volvik golf ball, the first two coming in 2012 by Volvik staff players Mi Hyang Lee and Victoria Elizabeth. Both players now currently play on the LPGA Tour after earning their tour cards through the Symetra Tour. Song's first win this year came at the Sara Bay Championship, the second event of the 2013 Symetra Tour season.

“I think the break, the delay got me more focused,” said Song. “I wasn’t hitting it good the first two holes and thankfully they let us hit some balls on the range before we went out. I think I fixed it.”

Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour and is also the sponsor of the Volvik Race for the Card. At every Symetra Tour event, the driving range is covered in Volvik's colorful high-performance 3-piece and 4-piece golf balls for all Symetra Tour players to practice with.  Each year since 1999 players have been playing their way onto the LPGA Tour through the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card by finishing atop the season-ending money list. This year marks the second year 10 players will receive fully-exempt status on next year’s LPGA Tour.

 

July 22, 2013

This week on the Symetra Tour, Volvik staffer Birdie Kim finished T9 and  Volvik players Amy Eneroth and Christine Song each had a Top 25 finish at the Northeast Delta Dental International in Concord, NH.

Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour and is also the sponsor of the Volvik Race for the Card. At every Symetra Tour event, the driving range is covered in Volvik's colorful high-performance 3-piece and 4-piece golf balls for all Symetra Tour players to practice with.  Each year since 1999 players have been playing their way onto the LPGA Tour through the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card by finishing atop the season-ending money list. This year marks the second year 10 players will receive fully-exempt status on next year’s LPGA Tour.

 

June 18, 2013

Volvik staff players Courtney Massey and Birdie Kim each earned a Top 25 finish at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Decatur, Illinois this past week.  Christine Song ranks 6th, Coutney Massey ranks 8th and Birdie Kim ranks 25th in the current Volvik Race for the Card standings. Twenty-three different players have now put Volvik into play on the 2103 Symetra Tour.  Volvik players have now earned one Victory, six Top 10 finishes and 14 Top 25 finishes in  six Symetra Tour events so far in 2013.

Volvik Race for the Card…The highly anticipated Volvik Race for the Card continued at the conclusion of the Decatur-Forsyth Classic Presented by Tate & Lyle and Decatur Parks District. For the second consecutive tournament, the Volvik Race for the Card standings changed dramatically with Sue Kim overtaking the No. 1 spot after her first career win at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic Presented by Tate & Lyle and Decatur Parks District.

At the conclusion of the Decatur-Forsyth Classic Presented by Tate & Lyle and Decatur Parks District, players moving into the top 10 spots on the money list are as follows: 1. Sue Kim of Langley, British Columbia, $31,916; 2. Laura Kueny of Whitehall, Mich., $25,927; 3. Jaclyn Sweeney of Bradenton, Fla., $24,046; 4. Melissa Eaton of Port Shepstone, S. Africa, $21,631; 5. Giulia Molinaro of Treviso, Italy, $19,561; 6. Christine Song of Fullerton, Calif., $19,043; 7. Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ontario, $18,956; 8. Courtney Massey of Gold Coast, Australia, $17,765; 9. Caroline Westrup of Ahus, Sweeden, $14,081; 10. Isabelle Boineau of Marseille, France, $13,1888

LPGA Major winner Birdie Kim ranks 25th in the Volvik Race for the Card

 

June 5, 2013

 

courtney MASSEY EARNS FIRST VOLVIK BRIGHT & BOLD PERFORMANCE AWARD

Courtney Massey
Photo Credit: Scott Miller

Courtney Massey during the second round of the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay in Sarasota, Florida.

 Volvik, the #1 Color Golf Ball on Tour and sponsor of the Symetra Tour’s Race for Card, awarded Courtney Massey of Gold Coast, Australia, with the season’s first Volvik Bright and Bold Performance Award. The award recognizes the player, who plays the trademark color Volvik ball, with the lowest scoring average through the first five events. Players needed to play in a minimum of ten rounds over the five tournaments. Massey will be presented a $2,500 check at the Tour’s next stop in Decatur, Ill. at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic Presented by Tate & Lyle and Decatur Parks District.

“This is my first year with Volvik and I am quickly seeing results,” said Massey. “The balls are not only a stand-out color wise but also performance wise around the greens. The Volvik golf ball has helped me control my distances, spin and feel, and I can’t ask for anything more.”

"Courtney Massey is a very deserving winner of the Volvik Bright and Bold Performance Award," said Jon Claffey, National Director of Sales and Marketing for Volvik USA. "She is a very talented player who has been very consistent so far this year. It has been a  a lot of fun to watch her compete for a spot on the LPGA Tour and especially fun to see her hit a pink golf ball as far as she does. She absolutely crushes the ball."

In her second year on the Symetra Tour, Massey recorded a 71.00 scoring average in 12 rounds to earn the award. Massey has played in four tournaments this season and currently stands No. 6 in the Volvik Race for the Card standings after notching three top-10 finishes including a season-best tied for second at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.

Courtney Massey receives her Volvik Bright and Bold Award 

May 22, 2013

Volvik experienced another Top 5 finish with Courtney Massey playing a Vista 4-piece golf ball on the Symetra Tour at the Friends of Mission Charity Classic in Asheville, North Carolina. Nine Symetra Tour players had a Volvik golf ball in play this week. Massey now ranks 6th in the Volvik Race for the Card. The winner from Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay April 28th, Christine Song, also plays a Volvik golf ball and currently ranks 4th in the Volvik Race for the Card. Volvik players have earned one victory, six Top 10 finishes and 12 Top 25 finishes in five Symetra Tour events so far in 2013.

Courtney Massey,one of the longest hitters on the Symetra Tour, hits a Pink Vista 4-piece ball 

 

VOLVIK RACE FOR THE CARD Current Standings 5/22/13

Rank

Player

1

Jaclyn Sweeney Volvik in play

2

Melissa Eaton

3

Giulia Molinaro

4

Christine Song Volvik in play

5

Sue Kim

6

Courtney Massey Volvik i