The Volvik Race for the Card welcomes a fresh top-10 following the 17th tournament of the 2019 Epson Tour campaign, with the first four positions unchanged and a newcomer making her debut in the mix.
Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) continues to set the pace with total season earnings of $113,883, while Jillian Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio) still has No. 2 on lockdown at $95,128. Meanwhile, Leona Maguire (County Cavan, Ireland) has collected $84,149 for the year even though she did not make the trek to Wisconsin.
Checking in at No. 4 is Epson Tour rookie Patty Tavatanakit (Bangkok, Thailand) with $76,737. Then it is Robynn Ree (Redondo Beach, California), up six spots after capturing her second straight win in 2019 at the PHC Classic. Each member of the top-five has secured two victories this season.
“The hardware is extra special, but finding my way here to No. 5 in the Volvik Race is the real bonus,” said Ree, who has played the weekend in all 13 starts and accumulated $72,187. “Playing on the LPGA Tour last year, I wanted to give my all to get back and breaking into the top-10 is the first step. I know there is still some work left to do over the final six events to make sure I stay.”
Leading the second half is Julieta Granada (Asuncion, Paraguay) with $70,837. Next is Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei) at $67,468, coming off her third top-10 finish in the last five events. A four-time winner on the LPGA of Taiwan as an amateur, Cheng’s career-best result on the Epson Tour of runner-up came last month in French Lick, Ind. at the Donald Ross Classic.
“No matter the finish in the week before, you can’t be satisfied once a new event begins,” Cheng said. “Each time you step foot on the course is a chance to improve your ranking, but there’s also plenty of individuals giving chase. It is sort of fun to have the target on my back and helps prepare me further for the LPGA stage.”
Rounding out the group is Jenny Coleman (Rolling Hills Estates, California) with $61,350. The University of Colorado alumna is closely pursued by another former Buffaloes standout Esther Lee (Los Alamitos, California) as only $514 separates the duo. Finally, Nuria Iturrioz (Mallorca, Spain) sits $3,360 back of Coleman.
At the end of the season, the top-10 players in the Volvik Race for the Card standings will graduate onto the LPGA Tour for the 2020 season.