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Circling Raven to host Symetra Tour

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Circling Raven GC to Host Symetra “Road to the LPGA Tour” Event

Tournament to Bring Top Women Professional Golfers to Compete at Acclaimed Property through 2022

(Worley, Idaho; August 20, 2019) – Circling Raven Golf Club – the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho and amenity of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel – today announces that it will host a Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” tournament for three years, beginning with the inaugural championship, Aug. 24-30, 2020.

Circling Raven Golf Club 8th hole
The 8th hole at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho

The 8th hole at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho

Named the Circling Raven Championship (CRC), it will feature a full field of competitors battling for $200,000 in prize money. Bringing this event to Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel and Circling Raven, owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is the latest in a series of strategic moves designed to introduce and draw more golfers and guests to the award-winning, multi-amenity property.

“We are big supporters of women’s golf and are proud to work with the LPGA in hosting the Symetra Tour’s Circling Raven Championship,” said Francis Sijohn, CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “We invest substantially in CDA Casino Resort Hotel and the golf club, to ensure our guests and golfers are thrilled with their experiences. We’re confident that having many of the world’s best women golfers showcasing their games at our excellent resort and golf club is a winning strategy.”

“We are excited to welcome Circling Raven and CDA Casino Resort Hotel to the Symetra Tour family and grateful for their partnership,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “There’s no doubt that our Tour members will be thrilled to compete on a renowned course for the generous purse in the Circling Raven Championship. This will definitely give some lucky players a major boost in the Volvik Race for the Card.”

The top 10 players in the Volvik Race for the Card at the end of each season earn full LPGA Tour membership for the following year. From 1999-2002, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA handed out three cards. From 2003-2007 that number increased to five. Ten were distributed starting in 2008. Since the inaugural year, a total of 147 players have graduated to the big stage.

Symetra Tour graduates have had success on the LPGA in 2019, with Hannah Green (2017 grad) making her first LPGA win a Major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, joining Nelly Korda (2016) who secured her second LPGA tour victory at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and Celine Boutier (2016) who captured the ISPS Handa Vic Open. These players join a list of other Symetra Tour alums who have recently won on the LPGA including Marina Alex (2013), Mo Martin (2011) and former world No. 1 Inbee Park (2006). World Golf Hall of Fame Member Lorena Ochoa, who retired in 2010, finished No. 1 on the Symetra Tour Money List in 2002.

More details about the tournament will be announced soon. In the meantime, discover why the Symetra Tour chose to partner with Circling Raven by playing the top-rated course. Book your round by calling 1.800.523.2464 or online at Circling Raven’s website. Or consider a stay-and-play package, an ideal way to enjoy Circling Raven’s extraordinary setting on 620 acres by day, the amenity rich Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel afterward.

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About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Owned/operated by Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is in the scenic Idaho panhandle approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG). Measuring 7,189 yards from the rear tees, the 18-hole layout sprawls magnificently through 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and Palouse grasses. Its gleaming white sand bunkers are large and strategically placed and its hole variety ingenious. Other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel amenities and activities include the full-service Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced Sock-wock-en); 300 hotel rooms; bars, restaurants, lounges, and eateries; cultural immersion options; and more. The casino just completed its $15 million renovation of its gaming floor and Events Center. Circling Raven has garnered numerous best-in-kind honors since opening, including being rated a Top 100 Resort Course, Best in State, and a Top U.S. Casino Course. Its golf shop has won national and regional awards for its excellence and its variety of products, displays, and performance.

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About Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its entitlement partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0 million in prize money awarded over the course of 23 events. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 437 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/Road2LPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

About Symetra
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions and independent agents and advisors. Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Symetra Classic. It secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Tour, which runs through 2021, Symetra sponsors two events on the tournament schedule—the Symetra Classic and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship. For more information about Symetra, visit www.symetra.com.

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