It’s early in the Symetra Tour season but a year-end goal looms large for Augusta James of Bath, Ontario.
The rookie pro is already a winner on the tour in 2015 and she is steadily trying to chase down another victory. If she can manage it then the probability of being a member of the LPGA Tour in 2016 gets a whole lot higher.
James opened with a 66 on Thursday at the Symetra Classic being played at Raintree Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her day started fairly average…with a front side 35 (-1), then things heated up on the back nine.
The 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion went four under par for the stretch of holes #12 through #15, including an eagle 2 on that last par four.
She knocked in another birdie on the par 3 closing hole to complete the day at six under par.
When she left the course she had a share of the lead.
It was an exemplary round for James, who hit all 14 fairways and landed on 15 of 18 rugs in regulation.
Not only was it a good start to this week, but it’s potentially another step closer to the LPGA Tour.
Currently 6th on the Symetra Tour money list with $25,425, the top ten players at the end of the season will earn status on the LPGA Tour for 2016.
Last year the #10 player, Mallory Blackwelder, collected $41,381 in earnings. It’s safe to say that the magic number this year will be similar.
This week’s tournament will award $16,500 to the winner.
You can do the math.
It’s presumptuous to say a win this week would lock in 2016 LPGA Tour status, but it would be a pretty nice position to be in with 15 tournaments left on the calendar for 2015.
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