Ten storylines at this week’s Symetra Classic, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at Raintree Country Club:
1. Cheyenne Woods: The niece of PGA Tour superstar Tiger Woods (and Wake Forest graduate) won her first major pro tournament in Australia last February, now trying to win on the Symetra Tour and earn her way onto the LPGA Tour.
2. Laura Kueny: Last year’s winner is back to defend her title. Can the Michigan State grad become the Symetra Classic’s first two-time champion?
3. Allison Emrey: The Ardrey Kell graduate and rising senior at Wake Forest is one of 10 players competing in their first Symetra Tour event. She’s trying to make the cut playing on a sponsor’s exemption.
4. Laura Wearn: Another Charlotte native (she graduated from Charlotte Country Day) playing in tournament on a sponsor’s exemption; she turned pro this month after an All-American career at Furman.
5. ACC connections: Eighteen players entered in field played on ACC teams. Wake Forest leads with six players, followed by North Carolina (four), Virginia (three), N.C. State and Duke (two each) and Florida State (one).
6. TV’s Big Break: Four players entered in this week’s field took part in the Golf Channel’s “Big Break Florida” reality series: winner Jackie Stoelting, Mary Narzisi, Sadena Parks and Renee Skidmore.
7. Wei-Ling Hsu: Won two weeks ago in Greenwood, S.C., and nearly won last week in Asheville, which would have put her in contention for a $1 million bonus. Can she bounce back this week to become the Symetra Tour’s second two-time winner this season?
8. Yueer Cindy Feng: Led Symetra Tour in earnings until Marissa Steen won last week’s event in Asheville. With Steen not playing at Raintree, finishing third or better in the Symetra Classic would move Feng back to No. 1.
9. Angela Buzminski: The oldest entrant (age 43) this week had exempt status on the LPGA Tour from 2002-2005 and 2009-2010. She’s won five Symetra Tour events in her career, the last in 2009.
10. U.S. Women’s Open: Three players in this week’s field have qualified for next month’s U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst: Jasi Acharya, Carleigh Silvers and Jessica Wallace. Only six qualifying tournaments remain.
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