continued Going into this week, Choe is the leading Symetra Tour money-winner for the season, with $43,117. Leah Wigger, who did not play last week, is second with $30,249. Nicole Smith, with her third-place finish in New Hampshire, moved up to third with $23,555. Gleason, with that win, moved all the way from 73rd into the top 10.
The field also includes, as is the case every year, the reigning Section III individual champion, Nicolette Darois of Rome Free Academy, who won her title in late May at Foxfire.
Darois would play first on Monday in one of the tournament’s growing traditions – the annual Pro-Junior Challenge, a nine-hole scramble event where Symetra pros team up with foursomes composed of local high school players.
In all, 14 teams were entered in the Pro-Junior Challenge. CBA and Fayetteville-Manlius have accounted for five victories in this event, with the Brothers prevailing in 2011. Auburn, Cazenovia, Chittenango, Cicero-North Syracuse, Jamesville-DeWitt, Liverpool, Marcellus, Oswego, RFA, Utica Proctor, West Genesee and Westhill are also entered.
There is also a junior clinic, sponsored by PCSU, on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the lead-up to the tournament. Aside from the practice rounds, two pro-ams are scheduled, one for 1:30 on Wednesday, the other at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Tournament play for the 54-hole event commences at 7:45 each morning, with players going off the 1st and 10th tees on Friday and Saturday before the field is cut down to the low 60 and ties for Sunday’s final round.
Tickets are $10 per day at the gate, or $25 for all three days. With a paying adult, children age 15 and under are admitted free. Tournament scoring can be followed at symetratour.com