Next week will be the 2nd Annual Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge, an event hosted by the Symetra Tour of the LPGA Tour. The event has gained some traction, as it’s the first professional golf event to ever take root in the avid golfing city of Sioux Falls.
Akin to the Web.com Tour or AAA baseball, the Symetra Tour is the breeding ground for the next crop of LPGA Tour stars. It’s a place for them to gain experience, knowledge, and a little cash along their way.
And a South Dakota high school champion will be teeing it up alongside them.
Parkston’s Sydney Bormann fired a round of 73 during the open qualifier at Willow Run Golf Course held Friday afternoon. She bested a group of girls hoping for a place on the tee among the professionals coming to Sioux Falls.
“Overall, my round was very consistent today. I hit a lot of fairways and greens and I had fifteen pars,” said Bormann at the conclusion of her round. “The scores were pretty close towards the end of the round and I knew I needed a solid finish.”
Bormann finished strong and gained the spot.
In 2016, Bormann was the Girls Golfer of the Year, voted on in the spring in South Dakota. She’s going to South Dakota State University to play golf for her home-state Jackrabbits. Her coach, Casey VanDamme, is extremely excited to have an athlete like Sydney come into his program in Brookings.
“She’s one of the most impressive recruits I’ve ever met. Her commitment to comprehensive excellence is exactly what we are looking for,” SDSU coach Casey VanDamme said to the Argus Leader in June.
Bormann’s step in playing highly competitive golf took a major step forward with today’s round.
“I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to play in the Great Life Symetra Event. I am most looking forward to playing alongside and learning from professional golfers,” Bormann noted. “It will be a great experience to see firsthand what it takes to compete at the professional level.”
The full field for the event can be viewed here.
Players are expected to tee off on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
— SDGA (@SDGAgolf) August 26, 2016