(Bella Vista, AR) – The Women’s All Pro Tour is rounding out their three week stretch in Bella Vista, AR for the Bella Vista Charity Classic and is the eighth stop of the WAPT season. The Bella Vista Charity Classic takes place June 23rd – 26th and is the first of two duel event tournaments for the WAPT season. The WAPT will be playing Bella Vista Country Club for rounds 1, 3, & 4 and Highlands Golf Course will be played for round 2. The tournament will help raise funds for more than 10 different charities in the Bella Vista community and is expected to surpass the amount of money raised in previous years.
DATES: June 23-26, 2021
OFFICIAL NAME: Bella Vista Charity Classic
HASHTAGS: #BVCharityClassic #WAPT #Road2LPGA
SCHEDULE: Eighth event of the WAPT 2021 season
VENUE: Bella Vista Country Club & Highlands Golf Course – Bella Vista, AR
PAR/YARDS: 72 (36-36), 6,500 yards & 72 (36-36), 6,300 yards
PURSE MONEY: Estimated $50,000 (winner claims $8,000)
PAST CHAMPIONS: 2020 Maria Fassi (-14)
CUT: After 54 Holes to top 40% of starting field and ties
SYMETRA EXEMPTIONS : Winner & runner-up earn exemptions into Danielle Downey Classic
SIZE: 69 players
FIELD LIST: https://bit.ly/35HuDm2
WAPT WINNERS: 4 players
Monday, June 21st: Practice rounds all day, call to set up tee times
Tuesday, June 22nd: Practice rounds in the AM, must be off by 12 PM (noon)
Tuesday, June 22nd: Pro-Am at 12 PM (noon), long drive after at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, June 23rd: Round 1 (BVCC)
Thursday, June 24th: Round 2 (Highlands)
Friday, June 25th: Round 3 (BVCC)
Saturday, June 26th: Final Round, Awards Presentation
RACE TO STAGE II STANDINGS GOING INTO WEEK EIGHT
After the eighth tournament of the 2021 Women’s All Pro Tour season, the Race to Stage II rankings saw a bit of movement thanks to several strong performances at the Kathy Whitworth Paris Championship. Pauline del Rosario (Philippines) holds the No. 1 spot after her win at the WLN Central Arkansas Open and her steady play all year in which she has not finished outside the top-10 in her 4 events played. Gabrielle Then (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) made the biggest leap in the rankings after her win at the Kathy Whitworth Paris Championship. Then moved from outside the top-10 to number three in the rankings in only three events. Here is a look at the current top-10 heading into this week’s Bella Vista Charity Classic.
- Pauline del Rosario (Philippines) – 938
- Fernanda Lira Solis (Mexico) – 862
- Gabriella Then (Rancho Cucamango, CA) – 780
- Jessica Porvasnik (Hickley, OH) – 762
- Alison Muirhead (Scotland) – 716
- Ginger Howard (Bradeton, FL) – 673
- Binny Lee (Frisco, TX) – 610
- Emma Broze (France) – 524
- Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, HI)– 503
- Karen Kim (Dallas, TX) – 448
NOTES ON THE LIST OF COMPETITORS:
This week’s field is made up of 69 players from 13 countries.
The breakdown of the 69 players per country in the field this week: United States (54), Mexico (3), Colombia (2), Argentina (1), Philippines (1), South Africa (1), Canada (1), Thailand (1), Malaysia (1), Northern Ireland (1), New Zealand (1), Germany (1), Indonesia (1)
The Bella Vista Charity Classic comes at the end of a three week stretch of play for the ladies. After the two long weeks the field size in Bella Vista has shrunk but the competition has not. Last year’s champion and LPGA superstar Maria Fassi (Pachuca, Mexico) is not back in the field this week as she looks to prepare for future LPGA events and recover from a recent injury. Amateur Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, FL) is back after her second place finish in Bella Vista last year. Pano will look to her past success in Bella Vista to help guide her to the top of the leaderboard this week. Last week’s champion Gabrielle Then (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) will look to keep her hot streak going this week in Bella Vista. Then has not finished outside the top-10 in her three events played on the WAPT. She will look to be the first WAPT player to win back to back events.
Action gets underway at 7:30 A.M. CT the first two days of play. The WAPT will be playing BVCC in rounds 1, 3, & 4 and Highlands Golf Course in round 2. In round 3 the ladies will be going off in the afternoon. A cut will be made after 54-holes to the top 40% of the starting field, including ties. Amateurs are included in the cut number. The field will be repaired before the final round and players will go off in reverse horseshoe with leaders teeing off last. A trophy presentation by the clubhouse will follow the final round of play. Attendance is free to the public.