After a successful inaugural season in 2019, the Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) will continue their partnership with the Symetra Tour with a few key changes going forward into the 2020 season. These exciting changes will help provide more opportunities for women to play professional golf and to advance their careers to the next level by earning spots in Symetra Tour events.
“The whole philosophy behind the changes for the 2020 season is to attract the best players and have them competing consistently,” said WAPT President Gary DeSerrano.
As the Symetra Tour is known as the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour, the WAPT is the ‘Official Qualifying Tour’ for the Symetra Tour. In the partnership with the Symetra Tour, the WAPT will host ten (10) to twelve (12) 72-hole championship tournaments in 2020.
“Our tournament schedule will be set up to where every tournament we have will be back to back, or even three weeks straight,” said DeSerrano. “The whole idea behind that is to emulate the LPGA Q-Series to prepare the ladies for that next step.”
Each event winner will earn exemptions into an upcoming 2020 Symetra Tour event. Should a WAPT winner already be in the Symetra Tour field, the exemption will be passed down to the next available player from the relevant points list. The exact Symetra Tour tournament exemptions will be announced in early 2020.
“There are two main changes this season,” said DeSerrano. “The exemptions in 2019 were based on a points system in a series, for the 2020 season each winner will earn an exemption into a 2020 Symetra Tournament.” The second change will be similar to PGA China, Mackenzie Tour, and others. “The biggest change with the new partnership is at the end of the season the top three (3) on our points system will earn an exemption into the Second Stage of LPGA/Symetra Tour Qualifying School,” said DeSerrano.
“Last year’s partnership produced a number of WAPT winners who performed well once they arrived on the Symetra Tour,” said Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “Additionally, some of our members who were on the alternate list early in the season used the WAPT to prepare themselves so once they finally gained entry, they were ready. Overall the success of these players challenged us to look at how to reward these top performers from the WAPT with more access.”
“We have long term plans with the LPGA partnership, and we feel that the opportunities will continue to grow as we plan to expand our footprint of tournaments,” added DeSerrano.
The 2020 WAPT season will begin March 11th, in Alexandra, Louisiana.