(Beaumont, TX) – The Women’s All Pro Tour is finishing up the Race to Stage II in Beaumont, Texas at the Babe Zaharias Open. The Babe Zaharias Open will be played at Beaumont Country Club and will feature the top players from the WAPT looking to make their way into the top 5. The tournament will be held July 27th – 30th and at the end of the week will crown the points leader for 2021.
DATES: July 27-30, 2021
OFFICIAL NAME: Babe Zaharias Open
HASHTAGS: #BabeZahariasOpen #WAPT #Road2LPGA
SCHEDULE: Eleventh event of the WAPT 2021 season
VENUE: Beaumont Country Club
PAR/YARDS: 71 (35-36), 6,500 yards
PURSE MONEY: Estimated $50,000 (winner claims $8,000)
PAST CHAMPIONS: 2020 Julie Aime (-8)
CUT: After 54 Holes to top 40% of starting field and ties
SYMETRA EXEMPTIONS : Winner & runner-up earn exemptions into the Four Winds Invitational
SIZE: 67 players
FIELD LIST: https://bit.ly/2TycYe9
WAPT WINNERS: 7 players
Sunday, July 25th: Practice rounds, Party at 5Under for all players (6:30PM – 9PM)
Monday, July 26th: Pro- Am (AM and PM), Pro-Am Party at 5Under (6PM-11PM)
Tuesday, July 27th: Round 1
Wednesday, July 28tht: Round 2
Thursday, July 29th: Round 3 (cut day, top 40% and ties)
Friday, July 30th: Final Round, Awards Presentation for Race to Stage II and champion
RACE TO STAGE II STANDINGS GOING INTO WEEK EIGHT
After the tenth tournament of the 2021 Women’s All Pro Tour season, the Race to Stage II rankings stayed near the saem towards the top with a few names making their way up the leaderboard.
Jessica Porvasnik (Hinckley, OH)still holds the No. 1 spot after her win at the Bella Vista Charity Classic and has been playing great golf as of late, posting 3 top-5 finishes in her last 6 starts. Porvasnik has a top-5 spot locked up and is looking to maintain her #1 spot by the end of the week. Ana Paula Valdes (Mexico) made the largest jump in the Race for Stage II heading into the final week. A win for Valdes at the Natchez Golf Classic moved her into 6th place and only 12 points out of 5th. Another strong performance from Valdes should move her into the top-5 and lock up her spot in Stage II.
- Jessica Porvasnik (Hickley, OH) – 1,361
- Pauline del Rosario(Philippines) – 1,083
- Gabriella Then (Rancho Cucamango, CA) – 1,017
- Ginger Howard (Bradeton, FL) – 998
- Fernanda Lira Solis (Mexico) – 862
- Ana Paula Valdes (Mexico) – 850
- Alison Muirhead (Scotland) – 716
- Greta Voelker (Germany) – 676
- Sofia Garcia (Paraguay) – 654
- Karen Kim (Dallas, TX) – 634
NOTES ON THE LIST OF COMPETITORS:
This week’s field is made up of 67 players from 17 countries.
The breakdown of the 66 players per country in the field this week: United States (46), Canada (3), Mexico (3), Australia (1), Chile (1), China (1), Germany (1), France (1), Republic of Korea (1), Myanmar (1), Malaysia (1), Philippines (1), Paraguay (1), Scotland (1), Sweden (1), Chinese Taipei (1), Taiwan (1), South Africa (1)
The Babe Zaharias Open is the final tournament in the Race to Stage II for 2021. Heading into this week the top-3 players seem to be set in stone if they are able to make the cut. The race for the final two spots in the top-5 is close and will come down to the final round this week. Several players are in the hunt (listed above) and many more could sneak their way into the top-5 that are even outside the top-10. Fernanda Lira and Alison Muirhead are not in the field this week meaning they cannot get any more points. It is shaping up to be an exciting week of golf that could have many twists and turns throughout.
Action gets underway at 8:00 A.M. CT the first two days of play. 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.