DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For a third time this season Ruixin Liu (Dalian, China) found her way into the winner’s circle, only on this occasion with a 19-under par overall performance to capture the 11th annual Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International.
Entering the final round, Liu was tied with Pavarisa Yoktuan (Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand) at 18-under par overall. The two battled all afternoon, neither yielding an inch until a bogey on the par-3 17th by Yoktuan sealed the deal for Liu.
The victory makes it back-to-back wins for the second-year professional, as she captured the IOA Golf Classic title on Sept. 30. Her third piece of hardware this season came from the Island Resort Championship in late June.
VOLVIK RACE FOR THE CARD STANDINGS
Following the 21st and final tournament of the 2018 Symetra Tour season, the Volvik Race for the Card top-10 is finalized and 10 players have earned a full LPGA Tour card for 2019.
The victory and $33,750 winner’s check launched Ruixin Liu into the No. 1 position with $124,839 earned. She was one of three players in the top-10 that competed in all 21 events, joined by Stephanie Meadow (Jordanstown, Northern Ireland) andCharlotte Thomas (Guildford, England).
Kendall Dye of Edmond finished seventh earning $63,579. Dye, who completed her college career at the University of Oklahoma in 2009, has had LPGA status previously, playing 18 events in 2015. She battled her way back on for 2019 through The Symetra Tour, where she has won twice this year.
Below is a look at the 10 individuals that secured full LPGA membership for next season with their finish in the top-10.
- Ruixin Liu – $124,839
- Dottie Ardina (Laguna, Philippines) – $97,822
- Pavarisa Yoktuan – $80,313
- Elizabeth Szokol (Winnetka, Illinois) – $76,612
- Linnea Ström (Hovas, Sweden) – $70,685
- Stephanie Meadow – $70,617
- Kendall Dye (Edmond, Oklahoma) – $63,579
- Charlotte Thomas – $60,952
- Isi Gabsa (Munich, Germany) – $60,386
- Dana Finkelstein (Chandler, Arizona) – $60,168