Epson Tour Announces Growth in the Northeast and Record-Setting Purses

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Epson Tour Sets Total Purses Record for 2023 Season

LPGA Qualifying Tour to Play 22 Tournaments, Grow Northeast Swing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Epson Tour, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA, will play for the most money in its 43-year history and boast its largest tournament purse for the 2023 season. The 22-tournament schedule will take the Epson Tour to 14 states and offer over $4.9 million in total prize money, for an average purse size of $223,000. Both amounts exceed last year’s record-setting total prize funds ($4.41 million) and average purse size ($210,000). The season will tee off Feb. 27-March 5 with the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in Winter Haven, Florida, at the Country Club of Winter Haven.

“We are delighted to unveil the 2023 Epson Tour schedule,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “This terrific lineup of tournaments is a big step forward in realizing the Epson Tour’s goal of providing the best opportunities for women pursuing their dreams on the golf course. With help from the Seiko Epson Corporation, our tournament partners and sponsors and the outstanding communities where we play, we’re proud to help provide these world-class athletes with the tools, opportunities and experiences they need to succeed at the highest level.”

“Our partnership with the LPGA presents a unique opportunity for Epson to empower future women leaders around the world,” said Epson global president, Yasunori Ogawa. “Heading into the second year of the partnership, Epson is proud to support the dedicated and exceptional golfers chasing their dreams of playing on the LPGA who will compete on the Epson Tour in 2023.” The Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic and the French Lick Charity Classic will share the honor of having the largest purse in Epson Tour history at $335,000. Three other tournaments will also increase their purse sizes for the 2023 season:

  • Circling Raven Championship – from $200,000 to $225,000
  • Copper Rock Championship presented by KSLSPORTS.com – from $200,000 to $220,000
  • Island Resort Championship – from $212,500 to $225,000
Guilderland, NY’s Pinehaven Country Club is NY State’s only Epson Tour stop in 2023. July 17-23. (Photo: Pinehaven CountryClub)

“We are excited to bring the Epson Tour back to Arizona for the third annual Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic,” said Carlisle Companies Chair, President and CEO, Chris Koch. “The women on the tour truly embody Carlisle’s culture of continuous improvement and resilience. With our record purse, we hope to attract the best golfers and show the Phoenix community and our employees true characteristics of excellence.”

The Epson Tour will also grow its Northeast swing with the Hartford HealthCare Women’s Championship. The inaugural tournament will be held at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Connecticut, with Hartford HealthCare as the title partner. The Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute will be onsite during the tournament, providing free health information, news about specialized services, and opportunities to elevate guests’ health — and their game.

The list of graduates that have made it to the LPGA Tour is impressive. Including the likes of Major Championship winners Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson. If you have an opportunity to see them play at a stop near you, you will not be disappointed.

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