(Bella Vista, AR) – The Women’s All Pro Tour will finish their third series in the PXG Race to Stage II in Bella Vista, AR for the Bella Vista Charity Classic. This is the first mixed event of the year and third year Bella Vista POA have hosted the WAPT and APT. The first mixed event in Bella Vista was in 2020 when Arkansas Alum Maria Fassi was the eventual champion. The field will be split between Bella Vista Country Club and Highlands Golf Course the first two days. The field will swap courses after their first round and everyone will play the last two rounds at Highlands Golf Course.
DATES: May 25-28, 2022
OFFICIAL NAME: Bella Vista Charity Classic
HASHTAGS: #WAPT #PXGRaceToStageII
SCHEDULE: Eighth event of the WAPT 2021 season
VENUE: Bella Vista Country Club and Highlands Golf Course
PAR/YARDS: 72 (36-36), 6,464 yards (BVCC) & 72 (36-36) 6,222 yards (Highlands)
PURSE MONEY: Estimated $55,000 (winner claims $10,000)
PAST CHAMPIONS: 2021 Jessica Porvasnik, 2020 Maria Fassi
CUT: After 36 Holes to top 40% of starting field and ties
EPSON EXEMPTIONS : Winner & runner-up earn exemptions into the Epson Tour’s Island Resort Championship
SIZE: 74 players
FIELD LIST: https://bit.ly/38MxFuv
WAPT WINNERS: 4 players
Tuesday, May 24th: Pro-Am at BVCC and Highlands
Wednesday, May 25th: Round 1
Thursday, May 26th: Round 2 and cut day
Friday, May 27th: Round 3
Saturday, May 28th: Round 4 and award presentation at Highlands
PXG RACE TO STAGE II STANDINGS GOING INTO WEEK EIGHT
After the first seven tournaments of the 2022 Women’s All Pro Tour season, the PXG Race to Stage II the top-3 received a shake up with two new names making their way onto the top of the leaderboard.
Kathleen Scavo (Benicia, CA) took hold of the number 1 spot after her win in Abilene. Scavo then went on to finish solo second at the Wichita Falls Championship and still holds a commanding lead despite not playing into the last few events. Miranda Wang (Pebble Beach, CA) has moved back into the top-2 with her second place finish at the WLN Central Arkansas Open. Rounding out the top-3 is Sarah Rhee who had her best finish of the season at the Mountain Ranch Championship, finishing solo second after losing in a six-hole playoff. She followed it up with another top-10 at the WLN Central Arkansas Open to maintain her third place spot. Here is how the top-10 looks heading into the Bella Vista Charity Classic:
- Kathleen Scavo (Benicia, CA) – 1,100
- Miranda Wang (China) – 972
- Sarah Rhee (Lynnwood, WA) – 761
- Amanda Tan (Singapore) – 751
- Erika Smith (Orlando, FL) – 601
- Kaeli Jones (Sumterville, FL) – 600
- Caroline Hwang (Orlando, FL) – 598
- Amanada Kim (O’Fallon, MO) – 585
- Ginger Howard (Bradenton, FL) – 581
- Jordy LaBarbera (Allen, TX) – 575
NOTES ON THE LIST OF COMPETITORS:
This week’s field is made up of 74 players from 19 countries.
The breakdown of the 74 players per country in the field this week: United States (46), Canada (3), New Zealand (3), Taiwan (3), China (2), Japan (2), Singapore (2), Thailand (2), Australia (1), Brazil (1), Chile (1), Hong Kong (1), India (1), South Korea (1), Myanmar (1), Philippines (1), Sweden (1), Scotland (1), South Africa (1)
The Bella Vista Charity Classic will be the first dual event of the season with the WAPT and APT both taking on Bella Vista Country Club and Highlands Golf Course. The past two champions of the Bell Vista Charity Classic on the WAPT will not be in the field. Maria Fassi, the 2020 champion, is now on the LPGA Tour and will continue to prepare for the rest of her season and Jessica Porvasnik, the 2021 champion, is doing the same on the LPGA Epson’s Tour. The best finisher from last year’s tournament returning this year is Ginger Howard at T7. Howard finished in the top-5 last year and is in the PXG Race To Stage II top-10 in 2022 despite not having a win. She will look to add the Bella Vista Charity Classic to her list of professional wins. Miranda Wang will also be in attendance this week. Wang has only played in 4 events this year on the WAPT but despite the low number of appearances she sits at 2nd on the PXG Race To Stage II Points List. Wang has had two top-2 finishes in the 4 events, including a victory at the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Open earlier this year. She will look to take control of the top spot at the end of the week and before she heads to Michigan for the Epson Tour’s Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA.
Action gets underway at 7:30 A.M. CT the first two days of play. A cut will be made after 36-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 two rounds based on score 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.