PXG Women’s Match Play sets 2022 date, format

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The major of women’s developmental professional golf is returning to World Golf Village, as the 2022 PXG Women’s Match Play Championship is slated for Nov. 1 – 6 at the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village in St. Augustine.

The championship will feature more than 80 ascending stars pursuing their dream of playing on the LPGA Tour, battling over a weeklong endurance test that will combine a stroke play and match play tournament culminating in the shadow of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

All of the players will compete in a 36-hole stroke play qualifying tournament Nov. 1 and 2, with the top 64 players moving on to the match play championship.

This year’s match play will have a unique format that will feature Battle Round Pods, where each of the 64 advancing players will be split into 16 pods of four and will play each other once in a nine-hole round robin match play scenario on November 4.

Each Battle Round Pod match hole will be worth one point and will be won, lost or “halved.” The winner of a match receives a bonus point, effectively making each “Battle” worth 10 points. 

The top player from each 16 pods will advance to the final knockout rounds. The players with the most points will advance, not necessarily the player with the best won-loss record.

Each segment of the tournament will have its own prize purse, a guarantee of $50,000 shared between the Stroke Play, Battle Rounds, and the overall Match Play.

“PXG has made it our mission to help advance the game of golf by encouraging more women to pursue the sport at every level,” said, Renee Parsons, PXG President and Executive Creative Director. “From tour professional to aspiring player, every person deserves to feel welcomed and supported. That is why we have sought out progressive partnerships like the Women’s Match Play Championship to help build an onramp for women to be inspired and grow.”

Jessica Porvasnick, last year’s PXG Women’s Match Play Champion, who also won the stroke play tournament, is scheduled to be in this year’s field.  She currently plays full-time on the Epson Tour on the Official Road to the LPGA.

The championship will once again host the Generation W Links to Leadership Summit presented by Circle K and Baptist Health Jacksonville. The summit adds depth to the women’s initiatives mission of the event by providing leadership programming focused on offering growth opportunities for all the players in the tournament, as well as selected area college players.

The INK! Charity Pro-am is scheduled for October 31 and will feature teams of one professional player linked with three amateurs. Last year’s INK! Charity Pro-am raised more than $50,000 for Investing in Kids and was the largest single day fundraiser in its history.

Tickets for the PXG Women’s Match Play Championship are just $10 per day and are on sale now on the event website at www.pxgwmpc.com.

The PXG Women’s Match Play Championship is one of fifteen official events on the East Coast Women’s Professional Golf Tour

Seven of the tour’s players qualified for the 2022 US Women’s Open Championship, including two who competed in the 2021 PXG Women’s Match Play Championship.

“It is very intentional that we are hosting this level’s biggest event here in St Johns County, our home and where we already have a very supportive golf community,” said Mark Berman, owner and operator of the East Coast Women’s Professional Golf Tour.

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