Garden City to host LPGA qualifying tournament

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Buffalo Dunes Golf Course is known as one of the best in Kansas, and this week it got some national recognition.  It was added to the Symetra Tour, the LPGA qualifying tour.

“This is a top tier event, it kind of cements us in Kansas golf and in National golf,” said Buffalo Dunes Head Golf Professional, Cole Wasinger.

“We want to have a quality golf course and Buffalo Dunes, being a top 50 municipal golf course, was a huge attraction to us,” said Chief Business Officer of Symetra Mike Nichols.

“It’s just a beautiful lay out for these ladies to play,” Wasinger said.

The Dunes are the 19th stop of 20 and that makes it a unique spot in the competition.

“We’ll leave here and go to our tour championship, so the event we’re putting on here will have a big impact on determining the ten ladies who will join the LPGA tour next year,” said Nichols.

Not only will golfers be vying for a spot on the tour, it’s a chance for new visitors to see Garden City.

On top of the 144 athletes that will come to play on the course, 6,000-8,000 people are expected to visit the area for the event and that means more business for this already growing town…

“Think about it, they come, spend their money, stay in hotels, eat in our restaurants, gas up in our gas stations, and then they go home,” said Executive Director of the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau Kim Inderlied, who’s goal for the tournament is to fill every hotel room in town.

“It means a lot for our community and for Southwest Kansas to bring that type of event to Garden City,” Wasinger said.

Tour officials said that having the event in the area is a win-win.  “Garden City is fortunate to be hosting this and we’re fortunate to be coming here,” Nichols said.

Buffalo Dunes will host the four day tournament on September 11th.  The stop before that will be in Topeka.

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