LONGWOOD, Fla. – May 18, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA – released a carefully modified schedule for the 2020 season, and IOA co-founder John Ritenour has nothing but praise for the tour’s dedication to minimizing risk while preserving competition for both players and affiliates.
Although concerns over the coronavirus pandemic have shortened the 2020 Symetra Tour from 20 to 16 tournaments, competition will extend into November to accommodate as much of the tour as possible. Lengthening the season by five weeks, the revised 2020 schedule features two new tournaments in the updated lineup.
“This year has presented challenges unlike those faced by the golf community in the past. We are so proud of the leadership of the Symetra Tour in doing everything they can to keep this important tournament moving forward despite unprecedented conditions,” explained Ritenour.
COVID-19 presented conflicts for two of the three Symetra Tour legs that IOA sponsors, which include the IOA Championship, IOA Classic, and IOA Invitational. In collaboration with IOA Chairman and CEO Heath Ritenour, John Ritenour, and the rest of the IOA team, representatives of the Symetra Tour are working diligently to reschedule the two tournaments.
Initially scheduled for March 27–29, the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa will now run from Aug. 21–23. The IOA Classic, however, is still set for its original date, Sept. 25–27. While the Symetra Tour team has not yet revealed a schedule revision for the currently postponed IOA Invitational, they are still working to safely reschedule this leg of the competition along with other events affected by the pandemic.
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
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.
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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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