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Locals to Compete in Florida’s Natural Charity Classic

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by

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The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced today the two sponsor exemptions for the 2016 Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, held at Lake Wales Country Club from April 8-10. Sebring High School star Kendall Griffin and Florida Southern College standout Abbey Williams will compete as amateurs in the field alongside top professionals from the United States and around the globe.

First-round play begins on Friday, April 8 and the 54-hole tournament will wrap up on Sunday, April 10. The field of 156 players will compete for $175,000, the largest purse in the history of the event.

Griffin, the No. 45 ranked junior in the country according to Golfweek, has committed to play college golf at Louisiana State University (LSU). Griffin earned a medal at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball along with fellow Polk County native Athena Yang. In January, she captured the 84th Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship. For the last three years, Griffin has placed in the top five in the FHSAA Class 2A Florida State Championship.

Williams, a sophomore at Florida Southern College, already has two top 10 finishes during the 2015-16 season and leads the Mocs with a 78.40 scoring average. Williams had three top 20 results as a freshman and was named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The Marietta, Georgia native was a four-time first team all-county selection at Walton High School.

Jackie Stoelting, a former Florida Southern College golfer, will also play in the event. Stoelting, who graduated from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA following the 2014 season, played for the Mocs from 2004 to 2008 and was a two-time All-American. She helped the Mocs win the 2007 NCAA DII National Championship. Stoelting has two career Symetra Tour victories and 20 top 10 finishes.

Tickets to the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic are $10.00 for a day grounds pass and $25.00 for a three-day pass.

For more information about The Symetra Tour, go to symetratour.com.

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