Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – June 30, 2022 – The Major of Women’s Professional Developmental Golf is returning to World Golf Village, and with it all the energy that comes from some of the world’s best aspiring LPGA Tour golfers working their way to the game’s highest level. The 2022 PXG Women’s Match Play Championship is slated for November 1 – 6, 2022 at the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village in St. Augustine.
The PXG Women’s Match Play Championship will feature more than 80 ascending future stars pursuing their dream of playing on the LPGA Tour, battling over a week-long endurance test that will combine a stroke play and match play tournament culminating under the Tower of the World Golf Hall of Fame. All of the players will compete in a 36-hole Stroke-Play qualifying tournament on November 1-2. The top 64 players will move on to the Match-Play Championship, but with a unique format: the Battle Round™ Pods, which will ultimately cut the field to the top 16. Seeded by the Stroke Play tournament, each of the 64 advancing players will be split into 16 Battle Round Pods™ of four who will play each other once in a nine-hole round robin match-play scenario on November 4. Each Battle Round Pod match will play all nine holes, with each hole being worth one point to be won, lost or “halved.” The winner of the match receives a bonus point, effectively making each “Battle” worth 10 points. The winner of each Battle Round Pod is the player with the most points, not necessarily the player with the best won-loss record. The 16 players winning her Battle Round Pod will advance to the Knockout Rounds of traditional match play starting with the Sweet 16 on Saturday morning.
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. The winner of the Match Play event will be 2022 PXG Women’s Match Play Champion, and in addition to cash prize money will also have the opportunity for a tour-caliber fitting for a full bag of PXG equipment.
Further reaffirming its commitment to women’s golf, particularly at the pre-LPGA Tour level, PXG has renewed its role as the tournament’s primary sponsor, helping to amplify the event’s overall mission of creating opportunities for women on the course and outside the ropes in the business of golf. Said PXG President and Executive Creative Director for PXG Apparel Renee Parsons, “PXG has made it our mission to help advance the game of golf by encouraging more women to pursue the sport at every level. 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 on-ramp for women to be inspired and grow.”
Jessica Porvasnick (above right), last year’s PXG Women’s Match Play Champion, who also won the Stroke Play portion of the tournament, is scheduled to be in this year’s field. Porvasnik now plays full time on the Epson Tour, the Official Road to the LPGA. Said Ms. Porvasnik about last year’s event, “The PXGWMPC was a great event last year. It was a unique experience, playing both stroke play and match play in back-to-back associated weeks.” She added, “It was exciting and meant a lot that there were big-time sponsors and supporters involved. It was nice to have so much support for women’s golf at the developmental level.”
The PXG Women’s Match Play Championship is open to professional players at all levels and tours as first priority. LPGA Tour players outside of the Top 150 on the Official Money List are eligible in 2022, an eligibility change from 2021. Elite level amateurs including college players and juniors over the age of 15 will be admitted on a space available basis once all professional spots are filled and in the order of registration.
In addition to shining a bright light on women’s professional golf, the PXG Women’s Match Play Championship is also a fundraiser for Investing in Kids (INK!), a St. Johns County 501(c)3 non-profit which raises money for under-served public schools and students. The INK! Charity Pro-am is slated for October 31 and will feature teams of one professional player linked with three amateurs. The night before will be a Meet the Players Pairings Party at Murray Brothers Caddy Shack, with a silent and live auction. 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. Register your team to play in the Pro-am by contacting INK! at (904) 547-7120.
The PXG Women’s Match Play Championship will also feature the Spooktacular Junior Clinic on October 30 and other community involvement activities for the players, who will be in the area for some 10 days.
Tickets for the PXG Women’s Match Play Championship are just $10 per day. As part of the Fan Experience, PXG will provide a complimentary onsite hitting and fitting experience for attendees on select days. Tickets are on sale now on the event website at www.pxgwmpc.com and proceeds will go to INK! as the event’s Official Charity Partner. Volunteer opportunities are available.