HURRICANE, Utah – The 120-player field for the second annual Copper Rock Championship from April 21-23 was finalized by the Epson Tour late Wednesday, as the “Road to the LPGA” returns to Copper Rock Golf Club next week.
Individuals will compete in a 54-hole, stroke-play format for $200,000 and a winner’s share of $30,000. A cut will be made to the top-60 competitors plus ties after 36 holes. Details on tournament admission can be found here.
Copper Rock Championship defending champion Bailey Tardy highlights the action. She secured her first professional win last year in Washington County by three strokes at 10-under par 206.
“It’s a special tournament for me,” said Tardy, in her fourth year on the Epson Tour. “The goal is always to win, but to do that for the inaugural playing of an event made it that much more special. I can’t wait to return to Copper Rock, enjoy the amazing views of Zion and have all the great memories come back.”
Eight of the current Race for the Card top-10 players are also set to venture to southwest Utah. Among the group is 2022 tournament winners Kum-Kang Park (Florida’s Natural Charity Classic) and Linnea Strom (IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa).
“After a break, it’ll be exciting to pick back up with the Copper Rock Championship,” said Restrepo, the current No. 8 in the Race for the Card who has a pair of top-20 finishes so far this season. “Everyone with the tournament and city of Hurricane was so inviting last year. They really made it an outstanding event that we can look forward to.”
Two tournament sponsor exemptions round out the field in Karen Kim and the lone Utah native, Haley Sturgeon. An assistant golf professional at The Country Club of Salt Lake, Sturgeon has been named the Rolex Utah Section Women’s Player of the Year each of the last three years.
“I can’t thank Copper Rock and the Epson Tour enough for allowing me to compete in my home state,” said Sturgeon, who will make her second Epson Tour start in the Copper Rock Championship. “This is a dream come true. It’s such an honor to be granted a sponsor invite and to represent Utah is meaningful beyond words. I really look forward to teeing it up in Hurricane among some of the best in the women’s game.”