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Symetra Tour unveils 15-tournament schedule

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The Symetra Tour announced its 15-tournament schedule Tuesday, including four inaugural events and three new sponsors.

The season will begin in two weeks at the $100,000 VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz. The winner of the event will also receive an exemption into the first domestic event on the LPGA schedule, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, which will be played in nearby Phoenix.

The Symetra Tour Championship, to be held Sept. 26-29 at LPGA International’s Champions Course, has moved from a 54- to 72-hole event.

The top 10 players on the money list at season’s end will receive LPGA tour cards for the following season. Among the players who began on the Symetra circuit include Lorena Ochoa, Inbee Park and Vicky Hurst.

The 2013 schedule:

Feb. 22-24: VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic, Longbow GC, Mesa, Ariz.

March 22-24: Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, Lake Region Yacht & CC, Winter Haven, Fla.

April 26-28: Guardian Retirement Championship, Sara Bay CC, Sarasota, Fla.

May 9-11: Symetra Classic, Raintree CC, Charlotte, N.C.

May 17-19: Friends of Mission Charity Classic, Country Club of Asheville (N.C.)

June 14-16: Decatur-Forsyth Classic, Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.

June 21-23: Four Winds Invitational, Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.

June 28-30: Island Resort Championship, Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.

July 12-14: Credit Union Challenge, Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)

July 19-21: Northeast Delta Dental International, Beaver Meadow GC, Concord, N.H.

July 26-28: Credit Union Classic, Drumlins CC (East Course), Syracuse, N.Y.

Aug. 9-11: IOA Golf Classic, Innisbrook Golf Resort (Island), Palm Harbor, Fla.

Aug. 16-18: Eagle Classic, Richmond (Va.) CC

Sept. 20-22: Volvik Championship, Reunion Resort, Kissimmee, Fla.

Sept. 26-29: Symetra Tour Championship, LPGA International (Champions), Daytona Beach, Fla.