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IJGT alumna, Erynne Lee, wins Symetra Tour's IOA Championship

IJGT alumna, Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., won the Symetra Tour’s IOA Championship Presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa with a tournament total of 11-under, 205. This was the opening tournament of the 2016 Symetra Tour season and was Lee’s debut performance on the Symetra Tour.

Erynne Lee wins the Symetra Tour's IOA Championship (photo credit - Symetra Tour)

Erynne Lee wins the Symetra Tour’s IOA Championship (photo credit – Symetra Tour)

Lee was trailing by four strokes heading into the final round, but she had all cylinders firing en route to a 7-under, 65 in the final round. Her round included six birdies and one eagle, and Lee needed everyone of them to outlast Jessica Wallace of Langley, British Columbia, for the title.

“I worked really hard during the winter time and hard work is paying off,” commented Lee.

With victory Lee guarantees herself full status on the Symetra Tour for the rest of the 2016 season. She also sits in the top position on the Volvik Race to the Card Standings. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, the top 10 players will earn their 2017 LPGA cards.

Erynee Lee (photo credit - Symetra Tour)

Erynee Lee (photo credit – Symetra Tour)

As a junior on the IJGT, Lee finished in second place at the 2005 IJGT at Sandpiper.

IJGT alumna, Annie Park, wins Symetra Tour Player of the Year

The Symetra Tour handed out ten LPGA Tour cards for the 2016 season, following the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship. International Junior Golf Tour alumna Annie Park, of Levittown, N.Y., finished first on the money list and earned her LPGA Tour card for the 2016 season. For finishing first in the Volvik Race for the Card, Park earned Symetra Tour Player of the Year honors, and she collected Rookie of the Year honors as well.

“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 ot have to believe it next year.”

Annie Park wins the 2015 Symetra Tour Money title

Annie Park wins the 2015 Symetra Tour Money title (photo credit: LPGA)

After joining in mid-June after her junior year at the University of Southern California, Park had a very successful year on the Symetra Tour. In her first professional event, The Four Winds Invitational, Park finished T19. The following month she captured her first win on tour at the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic. Two weeks later Park was at it again capturing the PHC Classic in a playoff victory of Lee Lopez. Her third win of the season came in early September when she won the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic. Park is the only player in the top 10 that played in fewer than 15 events.

In her time on the International Junior Golf Tour, Annie Park was a very accomplished player. From 2005 – 2007 Park had 9 starts on the IJGT. In that time she racked up 8 top 10 finishes with wins at Duke University Golf Club, Crystal Springs Resort, and Architects Golf Club.

Park was not the only IJGT alumna to finish in the Top 10.  Brianna Do of Lakewood, Calif., finished third in the Volvik Race for the Card to earn her 2016 LPGA card.

IJGT alumna, Annie Park, wins third Symetra Tour title

IJGT alumna, Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., won the Symetra Tour’s Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic on Sept. 13, 2015 in Mayetta, Kan., at the Firekeeper Golf Course. This was Park’s third victory on the Symetra Tour this year, which automatically qualifies her for a 2016 LPGA Card.

“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play on the LPGA since I started golf when I was eight years old,” said Park. “I looked up to Annika Sorenstam and I knew I wanted to be like her when I grew up. I’m speechless and I can’t wait to play on the LPGA next year.”

Annie Park wins for the third time on the Symetra Tour this year.

Annie Park wins for the third time on the Symetra Tour this year.

Park earned the victory in comeback fashion after the starting the final round in a tie for fifth place. She fired a 7-under, 65 in the final round to claim a three-stroke victory and finish the tournament at 13-under, 203. She got off to a blazing start with a 31 on her opening nine to take the outright lead, which she would not relinquish. Park  is only the tenth player in Symetra Tour history to win three times in a given season.

In her junior days, Park played many IJGT events across the country winning three tournaments in 2006. She won at Duke University Golf Club, Crystal Springs Resort, and Architects Golf Club.

IJGT alumna, Annie Park, wins Symetra Tour’s Toyota Danielle Downey Classic

IJGT alumna, Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., was victorious at the Symetra Tour’s Toyota Danielle Downey Classic on July 19, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y. This was the former University of Southern California standout’s first professional victory. Park finished with a tournament total of 16-under 272 to win by one stroke of Vicky Hurst. Park was the only player to record four rounds in the 60s, and opened and closed the tournament with identical scores of 4-under 68.

Annie Park wins the Symetra Tour's Toyota Danielle Downing Classic (photo credit - www.newsday.com)

Annie Park wins the Symetra Tour’s Toyota Danielle Downing Classic (photo credit – www.newsday.com)

Park is in her rookie year on the Symetra Tour after earning status in 2014 LPGA Qualifying School. She currently sits 15th in the Volvik Race for the Card, where the top-10 players will earn their 2016 LPGA Cards. With a few more solid finishes on tour, Park will be in position to grab one of the coveted spots.

In her junior days, Park played many IJGT events across the country winning three tournaments in 2006. She won at Duke University Golf Club, Crystal Springs Resort, and Architects Golf Club.