Symetra Tour Adds Another IOA-Sponsored Tournament to the 2020 Season

September 23 09:42 2020
“The Road to the LPGA” Introduces New October Event

The Road to the LPGA just got a little bit longer. On Wednesday, Sep. 9, the Symetra Tour announced its addition of the Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship presented by Insurance Office of America (IOA). The tournament is scheduled for Oct. 15-17 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.

Mission Inn is home to two championship courses, but players in the new IOA-sponsored Symetra Tour tournament will battle on the prestigious El Campeón. Built in 1917, the course has over 100 years of local history. In addition, Golf Channel’s GolfAdvisor has ranked it as the #1 course in Florida since 2012.

The Symetra Tour originally featured three IOA-sponsored events for the 2020 season — the IOA Invitational, IOA Championship, and IOA Classic. After having to postpone the IOA Invitational due to the ongoing pandemic, the team at IOA jumped at the opportunity to sponsor another stop on the tour.

“Working with Mission Inn and the Symetra Tour during these unique times to provide a new event has not only been exciting for the Club and Tour, but also for the IOA family,” said IOA Chairman and CEO Heath Ritenour.

Over the course of this three-day championship, players will compete in a 54-hole stroke play format for a $125,000 purse — with the winner taking home a sum of $18,750.

“It’s always exciting when IOA can provide more opportunities for the athletes on the Symetra Tour,” said IOA Co-Founder John Ritenour. “But given the circumstances of this year, we couldn’t be more thrilled about presenting the Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship.”

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.

To learn more about John Ritenour, visit johnritenour.net and johnritenour.me.

About Heath Ritenour

Heath Ritenour joined Insurance Office of America in 1996 and now serves as its Chairman and CEO. He is President of the IOA Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors at Cogent Bank, and on the Board of Elders of Grace Church of Longwood. He was named a CEO of the Year Honoree in 2018 by the Orlando Business Journal and placed on the 2020 Business Insurance Hot 100 list. He attended Liberty University where he majored in Business Administration.

To learn more about Heath Ritenour, visit heathritenour.net and heathritenour.com

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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