LONGWOOD, Fla. – Nov. 9, 2020 – In a weekend of firsts, Matilda Castren earned her first professional win at the first-ever Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship Presented by Insurance Office of America (IOA) in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Players battled for a $125,000 purse on the resort’s El Campeón course. This three-day Symetra Tour event was the very first to be hosted by Mission Inn Resort & Club — and the third to be sponsored by IOA in the 2020 competitive season.
“The relationship between IOA and the Symetra Tour runs deep,” said IOA Co-founder John Ritenour. “We’re so happy to have been able to present an entirely new opportunity to players this season.”
Castren took the lead right out of round one. After carding four birdies and one eagle, she finished with a 5-under par 68. Starting day two of the tournament on a high note, Castren maintained a steady lead to finish the second round with a three-shot lead. She entered day three ahead of the competition and finished 12 under overall.
“It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, and I think I can speak for all the players that we really appreciated that we can have a tournament come together like this one on such short notice,” said Castren. “The course is amazing, so it really worked out great for us and we really appreciate IOA and Mission Inn’s support.”
Thanks to her victory at Mission Inn Resort, Castren is now No. 15 in the Volvik Race for the Card. Her total season earnings currently sit at $20,707.
About John Ritenour
John Ritenour founded Insurance Office of America (IOA), a full-service insurance agency, in 1988 alongside his wife, Valli. Under John’s leadership, IOA grew from $188,000 in revenue the first year to $120 million annually upon his retirement as IOA Chairman in 2018.
About Insurance Office of America
Insurance Office of America (IOA), dba IOA Insurance Services in California, is a full-service insurance agency founded in 1988 by John Ritenour and Valli Ritenour. Today, IOA is led by Chairman and CEO Heath Ritenour, and it is one of the fastest-growing independent agencies in the United States. IOA is ranked 13th on Insurance Journal’s 2019 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies report and 25th on Business Insurance’s 2020 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list. IOA was named a National Underwriter Agency of the Year in 2018. Headquartered in Longwood, Florida, part of the greater Orlando community, IOA has more than 1,200 associates located in over 60 offices in the U.S. and London. (#0E67768)
For more information, visit www.ioausa.com
About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 40th competitive season in 2020. With the support of its entitlement partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to a record $4.0 million in prize money awarded in 2019. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 445 LPGA titles.
Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, as well as Facebook.com/Road2LPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA and Instagram @road2lpga
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