Christine Song Wins on Symetra Tour with Volvik, Streak Continues on LPGA
Big Week for Volvik on Tour:
Volvik Player Christine Song Wins Symetra Tour Event at Sara Bay
Sarasota, FL - Volvik, the #1 Color Golf Ball on Tour, experienced their first win of the season on the Symetra Tour when Volvik staff player Christine Song won in a sudden death playoff at the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay Country Club.
Song made a nine-foot birdie putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole to win $15,000 and move into third place in the Volvik Race for the Card. It was her third Symetra Tour victory. It was also the third 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.
Fourteen players in the field at Sara Bay were using Volvik colored golf balls, including four players in the Top 25. Volvik players have earned four Top 10 finishes and eight Top 25 finishes in three Symetra Tour events so far in 2013. Currently, #2, #3 and #7 in the Volvik Race for the Card are playing Volvik golf balls.
“It feels pretty good because it was a playoff win and it was intense,” Song said. “It really means a lot. I felt normal, I didn’t feel too nervous. I eagled five from 177 and that just started the day. I was like really into it after that.”
Song entered the final day trailing by two strokes. The Fullerton, Calif. native won two Symetra Tour events landing her third in the season-ending Volvik Race for the Card standings and earning her full-status on the 2011 LPGA Tour. Song would go on to play on the LPGA Tour in 2011 and 2012, but returned to the Symetra Tour this season.
"The goal is to get back to playing the LPGA next year," said Song. "The actual goal is to win three (Symetra events) as fast as I can.”
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.
At the conclusion of the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay, players moving into the top 10 spots in the Volvik Race for the Card are as follows: 1. Melissa Eaton of Port Shepstone, S. Africa, $19,753; 2. Jaclyn Sweeney of Bradenton, Fla., $17,990; 3. Christine Song of Fullerton, Calif., $17,160; 4. Sue Kim of Langley, British Columbia, $15,265; 5. Amelia Lewis of Jacksonville, Fla., $12,090; 6. Isabelle Boineau of Marseille, France, $11,432; 7. Courtney Massey of Gold Coast, Australia, $10,236; 8. Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ontario, $9,367; 9. Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla., $9,237; 10. Marina Alex of Wayne N.J., $6,977
Volvik Earns 6th Straight Top 25 Finish on LPGA Tour
Volvik earned a Top 25 finish on the LPGA Tour at the LPGA North Texas Shootout to extend Volvik's streak of Top 25 finishes on the LPGA Tour to six straight events.
Chella Choi earned her third Top 25 of the year in Texas using an Orange Vista 4-piece golf ball and has now earned $107,422 this season.
In the last six LPGA Tour events, players using Volvik colored golf balls have earned five Top 10 finishes and 13 Top 25 finishes. Nine players in the field at Las Colinas Country Club were playing Volvik golf balls.
Three Volvik players are currently ranked in the Top 40 on the official LPGA Tour money list. Seven Volvik players rank in the Top 90 on the money list. There are also four players playing Volvik golf balls in the Top 30 in Driving Accuracy and three players in the Top 30 in Putting Average on the LPGA Tour.
Volvik has 59 total instances of professionals using their Vista golf balls in tournament play this year on the LPGA Tour (25 Orange, 23 Yellow, 9 Pink and 2 Green). Volvik players have experienced very high performance rates with 61% of the players using Volvik making the cut and 22% earning a Top 25 finish.
Rebecca Samuelson Wins on the SunCoast Series Playing Volvik Golf Balls
Rebecca Samuelsson of Sweden shot a 66 and birdied four of the first five holes playing a Volvik Vista 4-piece golf ball to take the victory at Harmony Golf Preserve on the SunCoast Series last week. It was the second victory for a player using Volvik on the SunCoast series this year. Current LPGA Tour staff player Victoria Elizabeth won earlier in the year playing a different color Volvik golf ball in each round.
Volvik is the #1 Color Golf Ball On Tour, with over 219 of its color golf balls in play on the 2012/2013 LPGA Tour. Since 2012, players using Volvik's high performance color golf balls earned over $3 million on the LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour with 37 Top 10 finishes. Volvik players have earned 6 victories worldwide in that time span.
Volvik is dedicated to the production of specialized 3- and 4-piece multi-layer golf balls that feature 37 worldwide patents. In over 30 years of golf ball production, Volvik has developed a reputation based on highly innovative development, quickly becoming one of the most significant and trusted golf ball manufacturers in the world.