Five Former Spartans Playing at Symetra Tour Event This Weekend in Battle Creek
 
 
 
Caroline Powers will be one of five former Spartans playing in the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Mich. (Photo by Scott Miller)
 
Caroline Powers will be one of five former Spartans playing in the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Mich. (Photo by Scott Miller)
 
 

June 5, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Five former Spartan women's golfers will be participating this weekend (June 6-8) in the inaugural FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship at the Battle Creek Country Club in Battle Creek, Michigan. Follow the tournament live at SymetraTour.com.

Former All-Americans Sara Brown, Laura Kueny and Caroline Powers, current MSU assistant coach Aimee Neff, and recent graduate Christine Meier will be competing in the Symetra Tour event.

Brown is in her seventh year playing on the Symetra Tour. A three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2006-08), she is in the top 100 all-time money list for the Symetra Tour and has seven career top-10 finishes, including her first professional victory at The My Marsh Classic in 2012 in Fishers, Ind. Brown finished a career-high 12th on the Symetra Tour money list in 2012. The Tucson, Arizona, native played on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour in 2011 after automatically qualifying in 2010.

A two-time honorable mention All-American (2009-10) and the 2010 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year, Kueny is in her fifth year on the Symetra Tour. She finished a career-high 14th on the money list in 2013 ($28,816) and won her first career tournament, the Symetra Classic, on May 11, 2013. Kueny has one top-10 finish this season (tied for 10th at the Ioa Golf Classic, March 28-31) and four in her career.

Michigan State's all-time scoring average leader, Powers is in her second season on the Symetra Tour. The Bowling Green, Ohio, product tied for 10th in her first tour event last June at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic. She has three top-25 finishes so far in 2014, including an eighth-place showing at Florida's Natural Charity Classic in March. Powers recently qualified for the U.S. Women's Open for the second straight year.

 

 

Neff, who is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Spartans, has played in Symetra Tour events since 2011. She has posted two top-10 finishes, including a career-best fourth at the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in 2012.

It will mark the first professional tournament for Meier, who just completed her senior season for the Spartans. Meier finished her career with a scoring average of 76.59, the 10th lowest in school history.

The purse for the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship is $100,000. Follow the event at SymetraTour.com.

ABOUT THE SYMETRA TOUR
The mission of the Symetra Tour is to prepare the world's best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour.

The Symetra Tour is known as "the Road to the LPGA" and since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA's official developmental tour. The LPGA acquired the Symetra Tour in July 2007.

The Symetra Tour is the most established women's developmental tour in the world, entering 33 years of structured competition in 2013.

* In November 2011, the Tour signed a multi-year agreement with national title sponsor Symetra, and will operate as the Symetra Tour.

* Tour's 2013 schedule includes 15 tournaments in nine states.

* Tournament purse for 2013 is nearly $1.8 million.

* The 2012 average winning score on the Symetra Tour was 69.396, compared to the Tour's 2011 average of 68.70 and the 2012 LPGA Tour average of 68.313.