Symetra named title sponsor of LPGA feeder tour

The LPGA has announced a new title sponsor for its developmental tour, formerly known as the LPGA Futures Tour. Symetra, a Bellevue, Wash.-based provider of employee benefits, annuities and life insurance, has signed a multiyear agreement securing the naming rights for what now will be called the Symetra Tour.

Symetra sponsored one of 15 tournaments on the 2011 Futures Tour schedule, the Symetra Classic in San Antonio.

“We were very fortunate this year to sponsor the Futures Tour event in San Antonio,” said Tom Marra, Symetra's chief executive officer. “It was a phenomenal success for us, and as we heard about this opportunity, we thought it would be a natural because like these young ladies, my company is on the rise.”

The Futures Tour began in 1981 and has served as the official developmental tour for the LPGA since 1999. The top 10 players on the money list at the end of the season earn LPGA tour membership for the next year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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