LONGWOOD, Fla. – June 8, 2020 – The Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA – has canceled two additional events in the 2020 competitive season as a precaution to preserve player safety during the COVID-19 crisis. Former chairman and CEO of IOA, John Ritenour, admires the organization’s commitment to player safety in the midst of an uncertain and ongoing pandemic.
Soon after the tour unveiled its modified 2020 schedule, which downsized the card from 20 to 16 events, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA decided to further adjust the competition’s calendar. The most recently canceled Symetra Tour events include:
- The Prasco Charity Championship, scheduled for July 8–10 in Maineville, Ohio
- The Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic, scheduled for July 16–19 in Rochester, New York
The cancellations effectively defer the 2020 Symetra Tour from restarting as planned. Both tournaments, however, are expected to return in 2021.
As the former chairman and CEO of IOA, which currently sponsors three Symetra Tour events, John Ritenour personally understands the ripple that COVID-19 has created throughout professional and amateur golf leagues. Two of the three IOA-sponsored Symetra Tour events have been postponed this year, with one successfully rescheduled and the other still awaiting reassignment.
“Nobody could have predicted just how many obstacles the golf community would face in 2020,” said John Ritenour. “The Symetra Tour team stepped up and made some tough decisions for the sake of players and their safety, and we could not be more supportive of their quick and careful response.”
Closely watching the release of COVID-related updates, the Symetra Tour team plans to resume the season at a later date in July. The next Symetra Tour event, the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, is currently scheduled for July 24–26 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
About John Ritenour
John Ritenour founded the 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
Founded in 1988 by John Ritenour and Valli Ritenour, Insurance Office of America (IOA) is one of the fastest-growing independent, full-service insurance agencies in the United States. IOA is ranked 13th on Insurance Journal’s 2019 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies report and 23rd on Business Insurance’s 2019 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.
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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