Inova Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship: Rising Stars in Women’s Golf Will Compete at Mission Inn May 26-28
The future stars of the LPGA will tee it up on the El Campeón Golf Course in a field of 144 golfers competing in a 54-hole, stroke-play format for $200,000 and a winner’s share of $30,000.
“[The win] was a bit unexpected, but that win was the turning point of my career. I took that confidence, and I went out and put up some good scores at the LPGA ShopRite Classic presented by Acer and LPGA Meijer Classic for Simply Give,” said last year’s winner Gina Kim, “That gave me a chance to play in two majors – the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and The Amundi Evian Championship – so I just want to give a huge shoutout [to the Inova Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship] for making this girl’s dreams come true. I can’t tell you how grateful I am.”
Three of the 19 champions on the 2022 Epson Tour are currently entered to play in this year’s Inova Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship. Jillian Hollis, Daniela Iacobelli, and Britney Yada will compete in hopes of securing another victory on the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour.
Epson Tour veterans Kim Kaufman, Gabby Lemieux, and Lindsey McCurdy are also slated to play. McCurdy was named the recipient of the 2022 Heather Wilbur Award; an end-of-season recognition voted on by peers honoring the player that best exemplifies dedication, courage, perseverance, and love of the game.
Destiny Lawson and Jennifer Rosenberg, lead the 2023 rookie class. Lawson is a native of Ocala, Florida, and Rosenberg has recorded a professional win on the Ladies European Tour (LET).
Two LPGA Tour members are anticipated to compete for the title, Cydney Clanton and Silvia Cavalleri. Clanton was a 2012 Epson Tour graduate with over $1.5M in career earnings. Cavalleri has earned more than $1.3M, and each has won once on the LPGA tour.
Before the tournament begins, there will be two scramble pro-ams. On May 24th and 25th, one professional will tee it up with three amateurs for some fun.
For more information on the tournament and sponsorship opportunities, visit missioninnchampionship.com
May 26-28, 2023
|Format: 54 holes
History: This is the fourth year of this event.
Last year’s edition: An even-par 73 in the final round of the 2022 Inova Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship was enough for Gina Kim to secure her first professional win. The 2022 Epson Tour rookie finished at 11-under par to go wire-to-wire on the El Campeón Golf Course. Kim fought back despite a rocky start with bogeys at the third and fifth. She birdied No. 7 before bogeying the ninth to reach the turn in 2-over par. At nine-under overall, Kim trailed the pacesetting Maria Fassi by one, but a flawless back nine, highlighted by birdies at the 10th and 18th, earned her a two-stroke victory in just her fifth Epson Tour start.
66 – 69 – 73 = 208 (-11)
74 – 65 – 72 = 211 (-8)
68 – 68 – 71 = 207 (-12)
The 2023 Inova Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship will be played from May 26-28 on El Campeón (The Champion) Golf Course. El Campeón, built-in 1917 by George O’Neil, is one of the oldest courses in the South with a classic design featuring unusually sharp elevation changes in the typically flat central Florida terrain. El Campeón is featured on the historic Florida Golf Trail.
Mission Inn’s other championship course, Las Colinas (The Hills) — was created in 1992 by former PGA TOUR winner Gary Koch. Las Colinas lives up to its name, with wide fairways rolling over gentle rises.
Both courses at Mission Inn feature undulating greens surrounded by tropical vegetation and incorporate large water hazards on many holes.