Among the last LPGA acts of the 2020 season was the release of its 2021 schedule – one that featured 34 events and a record $ 76.45 million. A few holes remained in terms of unannounced sites, one of which was officially revealed on Wednesday.
The LPGA has announced that the Gainbridge LPGA, a second-year event on the calendar, will be played February 25-28 at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando. This will be the second event in the program, and also the second event to be played in the Orlando area, following the Diamond Resorts Tournaments of Champions at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
“We are excited to bring the LPGA Tour to Lake Nona Golf & Country Club for the second event of our record breaking 2021 season,” said Ricki Lasky, LPGA Tournament Director of Operations. “Lake Nona will be a top quality competitive test for the world’s top professional golfers, and we’re excited to showcase their abilities in Orlando in February on the world stage.”
Gainbridge’s inaugural event took place at the Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida in 2020. Madelene Sagstrom became Rolex’s first winner with a one-stroke victory over Nasa Hataoka.
This year’s event will feature a field of 120 players competing for a purse of $ 2 million.
The event brings Lake Nona back to the professional golf circuit for the first time in years. This is only the second time the club has hosted an LPGA event after hosting the first Solheim Cup in 1990. Lake Nona notably hosted the Tavistock Cup, a team golf event that pitted top professionals (like Tiger Woods) , Ian Poulter and Justin Rose) which belonged to six international golf clubs, in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. It has also been a backdrop for US Open qualifiers and amateur tournaments, such as Tavistock Collegiate , and is the home club for many professional golfers.
“We are grateful to continue our work with the LPGA Tour and to confirm the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club for the 2021 event,” said Dan Towriss, CEO and President, Group1001 and Gainbridge. “While it will be different without the presence of fans, Lake Nona offers the best female golfers an opportunity to play early in the Tour season. We are honored to be able to support the LPGA Tour and its players.
Later this month, Lake Nona will also host a training session for 12 American Curtis Cup prospects.