About 30 junior golfers attended the first Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy® Classic Junior Clinic at Atlanta National Golf Club in Milton on Tuesday. The youngsters worked on various aspects of the game with Symetra Tour players, Ericka Schneider, Stephanie Bertelsen and Katie Kempter, along with local PGA teaching professionals.
This begins a big week of women’s professional golf in Milton.
The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, is now two days from the opening round of the inaugural Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy® Classic. The first-round of the 54-hole stroke play event begins on Thursday, May 19 and the final-round is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. The rare Saturday finish was put into place to allow players to get from greater Atlanta to Brockton, Massachusetts for next week’s W.B. Mason Championship.
The Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy Classic will feature 144 of the top up-and-coming professionals from the United States and 24 countries around the globe. The total tournament purse is $100,000 and the winner will earn $15,000 to take a significant jump up the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top 10 on the final money list after the Symetra Tour Championship (Oct. 13-16) will earn LPGA Tour membership.
Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. all three days of the tournament. Players will begin from the first and tenth tees in rounds one and two and a single-tee start is scheduled for Saturday’s final-round. There will be a cut to the top 60 and ties following second-round play on Friday. Most Symetra Tour professionals got their first look and feel of Atlanta National Golf Club on Tuesday.