The playing of this week’s Tullymore Classic marks the start of the second half of the Symetra Tour season, the developmental tour for the LPGA.
It’s been a pretty impressive campaign so far for Canadian fans with three northerners winning on the circuit this season – Sue Kim, Brooke Henderson, and Augusta James.
James currently sits 4th on the Volvik Race for The Card, the tour’s money list. It’s a key position to be in with the top ten players at the end of the season earning their status for 2016 on the LPGA Tour.
While much attention has been given to the youngest of the Henderson sisters, Brooke, as she tries to earn her LPGA Tour status via efforts on the LPGA and Symetra Tours, when it comes down to it Augusta James (who is from Bath, Ontario) is the currently the Canadian closest to earning status on the big tour for 2016.
In 2014 it took $41,381 in Symetra Tour earnings to grab the tenth and final card for the 2015 LPGA season. That mark could be near the same for this year.
That means that Augusta James, who has earnings of $35,447 for 2015, likely needs to win less than a third more than that to earn her privileges for 2016 on the top women’s tour in the world.
She’s off to a good start this week in Michigan with an opening 69 on Friday. That places her 5 back of the lead heading into the final 36 holes.
Keep an eye on her play; you might just be seeing a lot more of her on a much bigger stage next year.
Have a look how the Canadians fared in round one and see the live leaderboard at this link.