Dallas, TX – The Women’s All Pro Tour season is set to start again after a month off at Beaumont Country Club for the Babe Zaharias Open. This is the first year Beaumont Country Club has hosted a WAPT event, with the winner taking home $7,500 and an exemption into the Symetra Tours IOA Classic in Longwood, FL. The Babe Zaharias Open is named after the legendary golfer and athlete Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias. Babe was born in Port Arthur, TX right outside of Beaumont, TX in the early 1900’s. Babe excelled in track and field, winning two gold medals in the 1932 Olympics, then went on to win 10 majors of the LPGA Tour. Babe helped pave the way for women’s golf in a time when women did not golf. Her dedication to the game helped shape the way women’s golf is seen today.
“We are excited to bring women’s pro golf back to Southeast Texas this year. The re-launch of the historic Babe Zaharias Open and the partnership with Babe’s foundation fits perfectly into the philosophy of what the WAPT stands for – More Opportunities for Women in Sports,” says Gary DeSerrano, President of WAPT.
The tournament will feature some familiar names on the WAPT and Symetra Tour, who will be looking to take home their first win and a share of the estimated $35,000 purse, with first winning $7,500. The event is 54-holes of stroke play format with no cut. Professionals finishing in the top 40% and ties will receive a check.
Amanda Kim (O’Fallon, MO) is in the field after her win in the last tournament at the Central Arkansas Open, which gave her an exemption into the Founders Tribute at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, AZ where she unfortunately missed the cut. Kim will be looking to rebound and win back to back on the WAPT.
Catherine O’Donnell (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) is making her first start on the WAPT since the Kathy Whitworth Paris Championship, where she lost in a playoff to Celine Boutier. O’Donnell has found success on the Symetra Tour, making the cut in her last two starts. O’Donnell will look to continue her good form and make an impression in Beaumont.
Amateur Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, FL) will be making her third WAPT start. In her first two starts she was able to finish in the top 3 both times, showing she is more than able to compete at a professional level. Pano will be looking for another high finish as she is searching for a Symetra Tour exemption.
Maddie McCrary (Wylie, TX) will also be making another start with the WAPT. McCrary had early success this year, finishing in second in the first tournament of the year. McCrary has since been playing on the Symetra Tour, where she has been consistently making cuts and competing. McCrary will be coming off a top 3 finish at the last Symetra Tour event and will be looking to continue her success in Beaumont.
There will be events throughout the week, the schedule of events can be found here. Action gets underway at 8:00 a.m. CT all three tournament days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees in each round. Attendance is free to the public.