(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) — Thanks to continued strong play on the East Coast Women’s Pro Tour Winter Series, Ji Eun (JB) Baik and Hailey Davidson have both secured their tickets for next month. Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open. The Colorado Women’s Open has granted byes to the top two players in the ECWPGT Winter Series, which included seven tournaments in the Central Florida region from January 17 to March 30, 2022. The news was announced by the director of the ECWPGT tour, Mark Berman, after the full on-court announcement by Colorado Women’s Open Tournament Director Brandon Roll.
Baik and Davidson racked up the most points of the Tour’s 173 players in those events, and both did well late in the series to move up the ranks. Baik was the points champion of the winter series, moving to the top of the list with her win in the series finale at Rio Pinar Country Club, with a 71-69-74, one-day final round windy. A wire-to-wire winner, she scored a hole-in-one in the second round, the first of the Tour. With her second place in the final, Davidson went from 4and place on the winter series points list in second place, earning him the second bye. Both players, along with China’s Mohan Du who finished third on the list, also have a paid bye to the PXG Match Play Women’s Championship to be held at the World Golf Village in October.
“At the end of the day, earning a bye for the Colorado Women’s Open and the PXG Women’s Matchstick Championship is the icing on the cake of an amazing week I’ve already had in Rio Pinar, and honestly, it can’t be. not be better,” Baik said soberly. She added, “I feel super blessed and super grateful.” Baik, a 2017 graduate of Mississippi State University, is originally from South Korea and now lives in Cumming, Georgia. She was a rookie on the Epson Tour in 2018. Davidson lives in Kissimmee, Florida.
Held at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver from June 1-3, 2022, the Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open is run by the Colorado Open Golf Foundation and known as the richest of the State Women’s Open tournaments. Inspirato signed on this year and immediately announced that they were matching the women’s handbag to the $250,000 men’s handbag with a winner’s check for $100,000. The PXG Women’s Match Play Championship is organized by the ECWPGT and will be held for the second year at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. Professional golf. Just as much at the initiative of women, the festivities also include the Gen W’s Ties to Leadership Summit and the INK! Charity pro-amwho raised over $50,000 in 2021 for Investing in Kids, which supports underserved public schools in St. Johns County, Florida.
Said Davidson, “These exemptions mean a lot to me. I don’t have status in many places so this tour was what I got. I work full time and take what I can. It gives me two high level events and the more I can play, the better I can play, the more opportunities I have to win. At her press conference, she discussed what it takes to play at this level and the fact that most women have extra full-time jobs. Having the ability to play an event like the Colorado Women’s Open with its $250,000 purse and perform well could mean the difference between training more than a few hours a day a few days a week. “I work from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., so I can train in the morning, but it gets exhausting. If I had the freedom to practice all day, every day, who knows where that would lead? A great financial opportunity like this could truly be a world changer for all of us here. I will make the most of this opportunity.
The relationship between the ECWPGT and the Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open was the brainchild of Tournament Director Brandon Roll, whom Berman met when his daughter Hannah played at the 2020 Colorado Women’s Open to launch her professional career. . “We see in Mark the passion to grow the women’s professional game and in the ECWPGT the implementation of a big vision,” said Roll, “We chose to align ourselves with the ECWPGT because our vision is also to create more opportunities for these players.With this relationship, we can expand our network to reach professional players who may not know we are there and because we deeply believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. We have attracted a dozen other ECWPGT players through this relationship, and we wish them well and know they will enjoy their trip to Denver.
The ECWPGT is one of only three women’s development tours in the United States. Based in Florida, the ECWPGT is designed to serve the eastern part of the country and also hosts events in California. The courts are open to players from anywhere and have players from 26 states and more than a dozen countries. Seeing through the eyes of his own daughter the limited opportunity for women to pursue their professional dreams, especially compared to their male peers who have more than 30 “mini tours” leading up to the PGA TOUR, Mark Berman, with more than 25 years of golf industry experience in marketing, launched the Tour in January to provide more playing and revenue opportunities for female professional golfers. The ECWPGT has a dual mission of creating opportunities off the ropes for female athletes and has aligned with women’s organizations Generation Wa mentoring and coaching organization for women, and Forehire, which connects women golfers with golf companies looking for employees.
The East Coast Women’s Professional Golf Tour prepares players for the Epson Tour which feeds directly into the LPGA Tour. “With literally hundreds of women working towards the LPGA Tour level and there are only a limited number of spots for them, we are creating a viable path for them to earn more and work more at the their dreams come true,” commented Berman.
The ECWPGT is open to developing professional players, including those on the Epson Tour and Ladies European Tours, as well as elite-level amateurs and college players. The tour will accept amateur players aged 15 and over on a waiting list depending on the space available. Registration is currently open on the Tour website www.ECWPGT.com. Follow at @ecwpgt.
About the Colorado Open Golf Foundation
The Colorado Open Golf Foundation is a public, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established for the primary purpose of fostering and encouraging the sport of golf in the State of Colorado by administering the Colorado Championships Open and through financial assistance to educational programs. aimed at developing the interest and ability of Colorado youth in the sport of golf and those who conduct or support clinics and otherwise provide coaching instruction for Colorado youth, and for the secondary purpose of advancing the charitable goal of promoting sportsmanship, recreation and health in the State of Colorado.
In 2005, the Foundation became a chapter of the First Tee Network, a nationalized youth development organization that enables children to develop the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf into a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build the inner strength, self-confidence and resilience kids can bring to all they do. . The First Tee – Green Valley Ranch has reached over 57,000 kids on the subway using the First Tee Life Skills program to build the character of the citizens and leaders of tomorrow
Launched in 2011, Inspirato (NASDAQ: ISPO) is the innovative luxury travel subscription brand that offers affluent travelers access to a managed and controlled portfolio of hand-selected vacation options, delivered through a subscription model. subscription to guarantee the service and certainty that demanding customers demand. . The Inspirato Collection includes branded luxury vacation homes available exclusively to subscribers and guests, accommodations at five-star hotels and resort partners, and personalized travel experiences. In 2019, Inspirato made travel better by introducing Inspirato Pass, the world’s first luxury travel pass that includes all fares, taxes and overnight fees. For more information, visit www.inspirato.com.
Mark D. Berman