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Women's golf to return to the River Region with Guardian Championship

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Officials with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course announced a news professional golf tournament will be coming to Capitol Hill this fall.

RTJ officials say this tournament, the Guardian Championship, will take place on the RTJ Golf Trail September 21st through the 24th. The 54-hole tournament will be contested from Sept. 22nd through Sept. 24th.

Schedule for Guardian Championship and other sporting events

 “We are excited to be a part of the women’s golf tradition in Alabama," said Guardian Credit Union CEO Heath Harrell. "As the local credit union, we thrive on community events and the Guardian Championship promises great things for everyone involved. Guardian is looking forward to the partnership with Robert Trent Jones and the golfing community.”

Guardian Credit Union, which is based out of Montgomery, will sponsor the championship for 2017 and 2018, according to RTJ officials.

“We are grateful to partner with Guardian to keep professional women’s golf in Alabama,” said Chief Business Officer, Mike Nichols. “This area has played such an important role in the tradition of women's golf. Lexi Thompson and Ariya Jutanugarn both had their first LPGA wins here in Prattville and have gone on to become international golf sensations, ranking among the Top 5 in the Rolex Women's Golf World Rankings. Now, we are bringing the future stars of the LPGA to the River Region and we know the community will embrace them and take pride in their success when they reach the LPGA.”

The Guardian Championship is set to feature the top 144 rising stars in the game of women’s golf from the United States and 25 other countries around the Globe. RTJ officials say many of those players who will be featured have ties to the state including, Montgomery’s Karlin Beck, Huntsville’s Janie Jackson and University of Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby, Emma Talley and Camilla Lennarth.

This tournament will also offer a purse of $100,000 with the winner taking home $15,000. The top 10 players on the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the card money list at the end of the season earn LPGA Tour membership for 2018, officials say.

The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying Tour for the LPGA.

In December, officials announced there would be no LPGA tour in Prattville for 2017. The announcement came after title sponsor Yokohama said they would not renew their contract.

RTJ organizers said they were cautiously 'optimistic' about the tour coming back to the city in 2018.

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