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April 15. 2014 11:52PM

Symetra Tour promo rained out

MANCHESTER — The Fisher Cats and New Britain Rock Cats were rained out on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

So, too, were Caroline Powers and the Symetra Tour.

Powers, 23, and a first-year Symetra player, and representatives of the tour and Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown were at the ballpark for a reception and to promote a new tour stop.

Powers was scheduled to throw out the first pitch, but had to settle for a few warmup tosses — she’s got a good arm, by the way — with Fisher Cats Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Rich Bleier.

The New England Charity Classic, a 54-hole event with a $100,000 purse, will be held at Stonebridge from Aug. 8-10.

The tournament moves over from Beaver Meadow in Concord, its home for the past nine years. The event was held at Canterbury Woods in its first season in 2004.

The change has been well received and new sponsors have been signing on to get involved, said Jason Jozokos, the general manager at Stonebridge, and Mike Nichols, the chief business officer of the tour.

The group stopped by Stonebridge on Tuesday morning, but didn’t get a chance to get out on the course because it was raining.

“I haven’t gotten to see it, but I heard the back nine is a tough test, so it will be a fun finishing nine on tournament days,” Powers said.

Powers — whose father, Buddy, has been a longtime college hockey coach and retired from an assistant’s job at Boston University after this season — played two tour events last year after graduating from Michigan State, where she was a three-time All American and the Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior.

She qualified for this year’s tour at qualifying school and, like the rest of the Symetra players, is shooting for a Top-10 spot at the end of the season to earn her way onto the LPGA Tour.

She’s played in the four Symetra events this year and tied for 10th in one. She is 31st on the earnings list.

“We’ve had four and there are 16 more,” she said. “You’ve got to keep chipping away. One tournament can change your entire fate. If you win once, you’re going to shoot your way right up and if you win twice, you’re pretty much golden.”

alessels@unionleader.com


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