Dallas, TX – The 2021 Women’s All Pro Tour season is set to begin next week with the inaugural Mackie Construction Ladies Pro Championship at Abilene Country Club. In years past Abilene Country Club has hosted the men of the All Pro Tour, but this year they will host the women of the WAPT.
“We are very excited to bring the future stars of the LPGA Tour to Abilene,” said WAPT president Gary DeSerrano. “We are certain the professional golfers will enjoy the course and the hospitality Abilene has to offer.”
The inaugural WAPT Mackie Construction Ladies Pro Championship will kick off two separate points races. First, the top points earner on the 2021 WAPT Player of the Year points through the first 3 WAPT events will receive an exemption into the CoBank Colorado Women‘s Open June 2-4, 2021. The points will be accumulated at the Mackie Construction Ladies Pro Championship, the Wichita Falls Open and the Hot Springs Ouachita Championship. Second, the Race to Stage II. The top five players on the season’s WAPT Player of the Year program will receive exemptions into Stage II of LPGA Q-School.
DATES: April 6-9, 2021
OFFICIAL NAME: Mackie Construction Ladies Pro Championship
HASHTAGS: #MCLPC #WAPT #Road2LPGA
SCHEDULE: First event of the WAPT 2021 season
VENUE: Abilene Country Club, South Course – Abilene, TX
PAR/YARDS: 72 (36-36), 6,497 yards
SYMETRA EXEMPTIONS : Winner & runner-up earn exemptions into Copper Rock Championship
PURSE MONEY: $50,000 (winner claims $8,000)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: NA
CUT: After 54 Holes to top 40% of starting field and ties
SIZE: 111 players
FIELD LIST: https://bit.ly/3sFCmLr
WAPT WINNERS: 11 players
Saturday, April 3rd: Practice Rounds After 2pm
Sunday, April 4th: Practice Rounds 8am – 11am and after 2:30pm Note: 11a-2p ACC Member only
Monday, April 5th: Pro-Am Day (AM and PM) @ ACC South 7:45am-9:45am / 12:15pm-2:15pm
Tuesday, April 6th: Round 1, Junior Clinic 5:30p (ACC North)
Wednesday, April 7th: Round 2, Ladies Putt & Par-Tee 5:30p (Abilene CC North)
Thursday, April 8th: Round 3, Cut to 40% & Ties
Friday, April 9th: Final Round
NOTES ON THE LIST OF COMPETITORS:
This week’s field is made up of 111 players from 19 countries.
The breakdown of the 144 players per country in the field this week: United States (73), Canada (6), Mexico (6), Australia (3), South Korea (3), Sweden (3), China (2), Colombia (2), France (2), United Kingdom (2), Belgium (1), Chile (1), Germany (1), Finland (1), Indonesia (1), India (1), Malaysia (1), Slovakia (1), Thailand (1).
The tournament will feature familiar names from previous years on the WAPT and Symetra Tour.
Sarah White (Dallas ,TX) will return to the WAPT circuit for the first time since making the most of her opportunity last July. White was the ‘blueprint’ of the 2020 season after finishing fifth at the 2020 Texarkana Children Charities Open to earn exemption into the Founders Tribute for her Symetra Tour debut. White went on to win the Founders Tribute and gain full Symetra Tour status for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Fernanda Lira Solis (Mexico) is looking to carry momentum over from the 2020 season after finishing fourth on the money list. In 8 starts last season Lira Solis made 7 of 8 cuts with 6 top 10’s. Her worst finish outside of the top 10 last season was 13th at the Cooper Communities NWA Classic.
Amateur Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, FL) will be coming off her performance at the second annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur happening this week. Pano contended in three WAPT tournaments last season finishing with two runner-ups and a third place performance, 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.
Action gets underway at 7:30 A.M. CT all four tournament days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees in each round. A trophy presentation by the clubhouse is set to follow the final round of play. Attendance is free to the public.